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what should i do for poison ivy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Avoid: Poison ivy is a common form of allergic contact dermatitis to the oleoresin of rhus plants. Depending on location and severity of symptoms, mild to potent steroid ointments are usually sufficient. If symptoms are widespread or severe, Prednisone may be needed and tapered over 2-3 weeks. Oatmeal baths and zyrtec (cetirizine) may help. Ultimately best thing is to recognize these plants and avoid them.
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.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends on stage: Treatment for contact to the poison ivy or poison oak plant depends on the stage of exposure. If the rash is present, a doctor can prescribe steroids and antihistamines. If the exposure is recent and pre-symptoms, washing with tecnu helps remove urushiol, the oil from the poison ivy and poison oak plants that cause the blisters, itching, and pain. See your doctor and don't rub your eyes!
Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Avoidance is best: The best treatment for poison ivy is to avoid it all together...Once the rash develops, i would recommend antihistamines to control the itch. Also, if severe, you should see your doctor for a prescription of topical steroids.
Dr. Carlos Moe
Urgent Care 22 years experience
See below: You can use a mixture of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) gel over the counter, mix it with Hydrocortisone cream and rub over the affected area this will help to clear up the rash associated with poison ivy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Options: 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.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Steroids: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis. Once one has been exposed and develops the rash then treatment options include topical steroids and it the rash is severe enough then a course of oral steroids may be considered. Oral antihistamines may be helpful for the itchiness of the rash.

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Cure for poison ivy ?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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No: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis and there is no cure for it.
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How dangerous is poison ivy?

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Very itchy: Not very dangerous usually, but very itchy and uncomfortable. Don't spread it, and treat it locally.
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Antihistamines: Will treat the, steroids will attenuate inflammation.
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Tips for poison ivy?

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Dr. John Chiu
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See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily.
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Which poison ivy is better?

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