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which treatment is the fastest/most efficient for curing rashes due to poison ivy?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Steroid cream: For mild cases of poison ivy over small areas, an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec for itching is usually sufficient. For more severe episodes of poison ivy it may be necessary to get a prescription for a stronger steroid cream or for prednisone. Avoidance is key. Learn what poison ivy looks like.
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
fastest...see your dermatologist who can prescribe oral and / or topical steroids
May 8, 2013

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A 32-year-old member asked:

And how do you keep poisen ivy rashes from spreading, and is it a bad idea to cover it with a band-aid?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid the plant: It will spread wherever the plant has been in contact with your skin. Leave it open.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What to do for poison ivy rashes?

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Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) caladryl or calamine lotion, if it gets bad, you might need to go to doctor to get steroid injection and/ or Prednisone pills.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Similar: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can all cause allergic contact dermatitis. Since the rashes will all look the same, to determine which rhus plant it was, it will mean taking a walk and trying to identify the specific plant. Look but don't touch!

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