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A 54-year-old female asked:

I believe i have poison ivy?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dora Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine 49 years experience
Itchy ...skin rash: Usually poison ivy allergy appears as itchy, red skin rash with swelling and blisters sometimes. Though there are home remedies; it might be a good idea to see PCP to identify the problem and treat appropriately.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Blisters in patches: Poison ivy is caused by an oily substance that can pass from direct plant contact to your hands or clothes & spred to anything it touches. Itching may start in hours, but the tiny blisters may take a day to come up. Usually linear streaks occur where a tainted finger scratched by chance.Once the oil is washed away, the rash cannot be passed by contact with the skin.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Circumstances: Matter. If you did not work in the garden or somehow got exposed to plants, hiking or so it is not likely that you have poison ivy even though the rash might look like a poison ivy rash. Would suggest having your physician take a look at the rash, if it does not go away in few days.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What should I do for poison ivy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 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.
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