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A 36-year-old member asked:

What looks like poison ivy rash but isnt?

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Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology 33 years experience
Eczema: Eczema, in the new, or acute stage, can look a lot like an itchy, weepy poison ivy rash. It is usually limited to a localized area, rather than be spread over a larger area like poison ivy. See you doctor to be sure and to get treatment.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Contact allergy: Poison ivy is essentially an allergic reaction to a contact allergen- in this case, the resin from poison ivy. Thus any contact allergen can elicit similar skin reactions.

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Can poison ivy rash look like mosquito bites?

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Not usually: Poison ivy tends to involved a much large area of the skin than a mosquito bite. The blisters may not appear until 1 to 3 days later after contact. Mosquito bites look more like a wheal or hive, poison ivy more likely bumps and blisters.
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What can you do for a terrible poison ivy rash?

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See your doctor: Poison ivy causes an itchy blistering reaction of varying degrees in almost everyone who contacts it and fails to wash it off immediately. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended because oral steroids for about 3 weeks in a tapering course will dramatically improve this condition in a few days. Topical soaks to dry the blisters is also helpful. Good luck.
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How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

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Corticosteroids: Poison ivy can often be treated with topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone. In more severe cases, oral or injectable corticosteroids are needed.

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