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Clinton, IA
A 30-year-old male asked:

How to dry out poison ivy?

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 30 years experience
Poison ivy : Calamine lotion will help with the itch and help to dry the rash. Prescription corticosteroid cream or pills may be needed for more widespread poison ivy.

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Mullica Hill, NJ
A 21-year-old male asked:

What is the best way to dry up poison ivy?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Taylor
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Topical steroids.: If the case is bad enough may need oral steroids.
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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can lidocaine help dry up poison ivy?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
No: Lidoderm ( the Lidocaine topical patch) should not be used over any open lesions as it would lead to a rapid absorption if the medicine.

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