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Doctor insights on: Best Treatments For Poison Ivy, Oak And Sumac

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What's the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

What's the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can poison ivy, oak and sumac look like on your skin?

Can you tell me what can poison ivy, oak and sumac look like on your skin?

Red, itchy streaks: Skin contact with poison ivy can lead to a very itchy, red, blistering rash frequently in linear or streak patterns where the oleoresin contacted the skin. To read more about poison ivy, see my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2014/04/the-3-points-of-poison-ivy/. ...Read more

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Can reactions to poison ivy, oak, and sumac be prevented?

Can reactions to poison ivy, oak, and sumac be prevented?

Depends on stage: Treatment for contact to the poison ivy or poison oak plant depends on the stage of exposure. If the rash is present, a doctor can prescribe steroids and antihistamines. If the exposure is recent and pre-symptoms, washing with tecnu helps remove urushiol, the oil from the poison ivy and poison oak plants that cause the blisters, itching, and pain. See your doctor and don't rub your eyes! ...Read more

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Why do people get poison ivy, oak and sumac really bad? It's different from person to person?

Why do people get poison ivy, oak and sumac really bad? It's different from person to person?

Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that I was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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I have poison ivy oak and sumac when will it clear up? One week? Can I still wrestle or have to wait?

I have poison ivy oak and sumac when will it clear up? One week? Can I still wrestle or have to wait?

Poison Ivy: Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are plants that can cause a skin rash called allergic contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. The red, uncomfortable, and itchy rash often shows up in lines or streaks and is marked by fluid-filled bumps (blisters) or large raised areas (hives). It is the most common skin problem caused by contact with plants (plant dermatitis). Rash not contagious. ...Read more

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Why do some people say they aren't allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac? Are some people immune or just lucky?

Why do some people say they aren't allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac? Are some people immune or just lucky?

Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that I was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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How to treat poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

What to do.: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy /oak etc needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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Could I put rubbing alcohol on poison ivy/sumac/oak?

Could I put rubbing alcohol on poison ivy/sumac/oak?

Ill advised: It is not recommended to use rubbing alcohol on poison ivy/sumac/oak as this does not help clear the rash up and can cause pain/irritation of the affected skin. ...Read more

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What will help treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

What will help treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are needed. ...Read more

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How are reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac treated?

How are reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac treated?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are used. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any remedies for poison ivy, oak, sumac?

How bad is it?: If it is not severe calamine lotion may help. You can also buy an over the counter antihistamine to help with the itching. Make sure you wash any clothing or shoes that you were wearing when you got the poison ivy since they may still transmit it to you. If you are very uncomfortable I would see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

Poison Ivies: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the Urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivies include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) Oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

Allergic Dermatitis: If you are referring to getting rid of a rash caused by these plants then the proper treatment is topical corticosteroids for mild/moderate cases. For severe, generalized cases oral prednisone is the best option. ...Read more

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Can you use triamcinoione acetonide to for poison ivy oak and poison sumac?

Can you use triamcinoione acetonide to for poison ivy oak and poison sumac?

Yes: It is ok for mild cases. For serious cases, an oral course of Prednisone may be needed. ...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?

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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What is the diffrence between poison ivy poison oak and poison sumac? Can you be allergic to one and not the other?

What is the diffrence between poison ivy poison oak and poison sumac? Can you be allergic to one and not the other?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are members of the plant genus toxicodendron. Exposure (brushing on clothes and the skin) any of them causes a rash called allergic contact dermatitis.
Poison oak is most common west of the rockies, poison ivy to the east, and poison sumac in the southeast. ...Read more

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I had sex with my boyfriend a few times while he had poison ivy (or sumac/oak) on his penis/genitals. Will this hurt me internally?

I had sex with my boyfriend a few times while he had poison ivy (or sumac/oak) on his penis/genitals. Will this hurt me internally?

Refrain Until Cured: Developing a rash from any of the plants you listed on the penis/scrotum should be treated as a serious complication. However, assuming he washed before you had intercourse for the first time, there shouldn't be any concern on your part. He likely will need treatment and I would suggest (for his sake) refraining from any more intercourse until the blisters are gone. ...Read more

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Will poison ivy, oak and sumak run its course without medication?

Possibly: Rhus dermatitis (poison ivy, etc.) will resolve spontaneously. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with the itching. Lotions such as calamine, or over the counter Hydrocortisone may also benefit. If you have a severe case you may benefit from prednisone. However, make sure your doctor puts you on a prolonged course of at least two weeks as it is common to experience rebound flares with shorter courses. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for poison ivy on eyelids?

1% steroid cream: Be sure of the diagnosis. I have seen multiple cases of herpes zoster (shingles) fool the patient. Steroid cream use is best monitored by your eyecare doc. Also, keep area clean. ...Read more

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Best treatment for poison ivy?

Steroids (cortisone): Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants. The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc..., so thorough cleaning is needed. Treatment is with steroid creams in mild cases but oral steroids in moderate or severe cases. Oral antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help decrease itching. A doctor can prescribe steroids if needed. ...Read more

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What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash. ...Read more

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Best at-home/OTC ways to treat rash/itching from poison ivy/oak? How long typically for rash to go away?

Best at-home/OTC ways to treat rash/itching from poison ivy/oak? How long typically for rash to go away?

See below: If you are sure, it is poison ivy, you use over the counter corticosteroid cream. You may wish to consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-treatment ...Read more

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What are the best meds for poison ivy or sumac?

Aviodance: First avoid if possible. Wash with soapy water, then keep clean and dry. If a rash erupts, see your doctor for steroid containing medications. ...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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I think I have poison ivy on my penis, what's the best treatment for it?

I think I have poison ivy on my penis, what's the best treatment for it?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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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