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best treatment for poison ivy?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Steroids (cortisone): 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.
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Steroids: 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.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Anti itch: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Poison ivy: 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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Whats the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

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Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction.
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Dr. Marya Cassandra
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OTC Hydrocortisone: First, ensure that your items of clothing that could have come into contact with the poison ivy are washed well to avoid re-exposure. Try over the counter Hydrocortisone and calamine lotion. Also Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful. If this doesn't work, your doctor can rx you stronger topicals or even oral Prednisone if it is severe.
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Aviodance: First avoid if possible. Wash with soapy water, then keep clean and dry. If a rash erupts, see your doctor for steroid containing medications.
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What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

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Dr. David Shulan
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Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash.
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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
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Steroid cream: Just as on the arms or legs, the treatment is symptom driven. Over the counter steroid cream 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days should help. Try not to get it in the eye itself as it can irritate and blur the vision.

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