A member asked:

I am 9 weeks pregnant and have poison ivy all over my arms and legs. is it safe to apply rubbing alcohol 91% to the affected areas?

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Dr. Lisa Roazen answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Ineffective: This will not help the itching or rash, and it is likely to cause a lot of pain. Poison ivy reactions are to the oil of the plant's leaves. A few products, like Zanfel, claim to bind the oil. It's not absorbed internally, so it's likely safe in pregnancy. Topical steroids can help too, without harming the baby. See a doctor for evaluation and a prescription. But please don't use the alcohol.

Answered 11/28/2017

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