A member asked:

Best treatment for poison ivy?

7 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants. The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc..., so thorough cleaning is needed. Treatment is with steroid creams in mild cases but oral steroids in moderate or severe cases. Oral antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help decrease itching. A doctor can prescribe steroids if needed.

Answered May 22, 2019


Dr. HENRY LEGERE answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

If you clearly have allergy to poison ivy and have contact dermatitis to it, you might need oral steroids. At the very least, you will need topical steroids and oral antihistamines. Do not apply topical antihistamines.

Answered Sep 28, 2018


Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Hydrocortisone 1% available otc can be used to decrease the itch. Sometimes, a sedating anti histamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also make the itching less pronounced.

Answered Sep 15, 2017


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered Nov 1, 2018



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