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how do i cure poison ivy

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Poison ivy: Allergic reaction to plant best treated by steroids either topical or systemic. Best to see physician for quikest resolution. Don't scratch breaking open or excoriating skin can lead to infection.
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Wash skin soon after: The plant oils contain urushiol. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated.

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Cures for poison ivy and oak?

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Not really a "cure": Technically there really isn't a "cure". Most every patient will recover without doing anything. However, treatment certainly makes one feel a heck of a lot better in the process. Poison ivy and oak and sumac are all allergic reactions to the resin on the plants. If you are allergic (and many people are or will be) then you will have a reaction every time you have contact with the plant.
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Is there a good cure for bad case of poison ivy?

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What is the most effective product that cures poison ivy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Poison Ivy: Healthtap doctors are asked not to endorse specific products. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the Urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) Oral steroids are sometimes indicated.
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What is a quick remedy to cure poison ivy?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
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Prednisone: The quickest thing is prescription steroids. You can go to an urgent care for that. Over the counter methods are Zanfel, caladryl, domeboro soaks, Benedryl and oatmeal baths.

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