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Dr. HENRY LEGERE
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Poison Ivy Or Poison Oak (Overview)

A rash that a person gets by coming into contact with poison ivy or poison oak plants.


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Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Sort of.: An ointment of equal parts poison ivy vine, prickly ash bark, and alfalfa seeds is supposed to be good for arthritis. I donít know if it works, and i suggest you don't try to find out; there are many safer alternatives. Poison ivy is also used in homeopathic treatments, which are supposed to stimulate the body's defenses. Of course, there are conflicting claims about whether homeopathy works. ...Read more

Dr. HENRY LEGERE
304 doctors shared insights

Poison Ivy Or Poison Oak (Overview)

A rash that a person gets by coming into contact with poison ivy or poison oak plants.


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What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak? What's the best cream?

What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak?  What's the best cream?

Poison ivy: To stop the itch from poison ivy/oak, cold compresses to the rash plus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine. A high-potency steroid cream usually helps. Oftentimes, oral steroids are needed to control the itch and inflammation, courtesy of your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

Continuing exposure.: The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. ...Read more

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What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak . Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen ?

What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak . Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen ?

Get it seen by a doc: The problem in this scenario, is that without seeing what is going on with your leg, the process can be either a dermatologic reaction to the poison ivy or oak (then steroids are ok), or more seriously, a secondary bacterial infection causing cellulitis due to scratching the typically itchy rash caused by the plants (then antibiotics are needed). ...Read more

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I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?

I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?

Contact dermatitis : Keep the area clean, use moisturizes, and OTC hydrocortisone cream 1%, twice a day, if it doesn't improve in few days see your doctor/dermatologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Hello Doc Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Hello Doc 
Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Depends: When I have a patient with significant swelling around the eyes or a problem body part, a shot of steroid would certainly help clear it faster and help the itching fade. In lesser cases, an oral steroid and topical treatment with a steroid or OTC product like IVY dry would help. If you just keep it clean and don't mess with it fading occurs within 2 wks. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Not much: Poison ivy and poison oak are both plants that can cause a contact dermatitis. The rash will look the same from both of these plants. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison ivy: There is very little difference in the reactions caused by poison ivy and poison oak. Both typically require 10 or more days of oral steroids followed by a steroid taper (a 13 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak is a reasonable choice). See your pcp for this. ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak? Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?  Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between poison ivy, poison oak?

Same allergy: Both poison ivy and poison oak.Contain the same allergen which can cause contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals. The reaction and treatment are the same. ...Read more

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Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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And which take the longest to go away poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac?

Poison ivy: They all all caused by essentially the same oil in the plant and thus they all heal in about the same time. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac?

How can you tell the difference between poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac?

Difference in leaf: The poison ivy is leaf is composed of three parts on the same level each the shape of an arrow head. See www.Poisoncontrol.Org on their plant section for a picture. If you flatten the sharp edges and make the leaves rounded like a pin oak you have the poison oak. The sumak is a long multipart fron that resembles more of a fern than a regular plant leaf, its small leaflets are similar ti the ivy. ...Read more

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How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

Topical cortisol: Over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream may be sufficient, or your physician may give you a stronger topical glucocorticoid cream such as triamcinolone or a short course of oral glucocorticoids. This must be miserable -- good luck. ...Read more