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does poison ivy itch more when it's healing?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
Poison Ivy: Usually the itch tends to improve after each day of treatment. For mild/moderate rash treat with topical corticosteroid ointments. For more severe, generalized rash sometimes oral prednisone is required.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does poison ivy to itch?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Depends: For some the itch lasts for a couple of days for others the itch and rash can last for weeks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Does MRSA itch and look like poison ivy?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
MRSA: This is possible but would have to see the rash to know.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Don't believe MRSA causes itching at all (but may be painful)
Nov 5, 2013
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Provided original answer
Itching is a subliminal form of pain and may precede actual pain.
Nov 5, 2013
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does any one know why poison ivy makes us itchy?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Oleoresin allergy: The oleoresin (urushiol oil) in the plant sap of the poison ivy plant triggers a type IV allergic reaction where t cells of the immune system are involved. It's the same type of reaction that causes nickel allergy. For a quick review, please read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/04/poison-ivy/.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I put on my poison ivy that has has dried up and is red and scaly, but not itchy?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
OTC: Pramoxine/calamine (caladryl), and hydrocortisone cream 1%, if no improvement after few days see your doctor, good luck
Bloomingdale, NJ
A 38-year-old female asked:

Does poison ivy always itch?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
At some stage: Since it is a contact allergic reaction, it will always itch at some stage .

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