A 42-year-old member asked:
How do i make poison ivy go away?
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Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
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Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Best to avoid: If you wash off the juice from poison ivy in 30 minutes you can avoid the rash otherwise corticosteroids topical or if extensive oral steroids are needed.If there is the rash around your eyes seek medical attention immediately as poison ivy in the eye can lead to blindness. Antihistamines may help the itch minimmaly, but do not help the rash. Wash all materials and clothes that touch the poison ivy.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me when does poison ivy go away?
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Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
About a week: Rash comes from an immune reaction to oils in the poison ivy plant. Once the rash appears, it make take a week +/- a few days to resolve. Corticosteroid ointments (e.g. Hydrocortizone) can improve symptoms and may speed recovery in some cases. Severe symptoms may require treatment with an oral medication like prednisone. If your symptoms are bothersome or the rash extensive, see your doctor.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2013
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