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What is the safest way to wash off oil from poison ivy on clothes?

What is the safest way to wash off oil from poison ivy on clothes?

Wash the clothes: Poison ivy allergen, urushiol, is water soluble, and may be easily removed by using household detergent in a wash machine. All clothing must be thoroughly washed to remove the oily substance which is liberated from the plant when its leaves or stems are crushed in handling. ...Read more

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As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


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If I have shoes and towels covered in poison ivy, do I wash them or throw them away?

If I have shoes and towels covered in poison ivy, do I wash them or throw them away?

Throw them away.: It is the easiest solution as any oil or reside is hard to launder out enough. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between poison ivy and infantigo?

There are different : Impetigo is a golden colored rash resembling honey, while with poison ivy you get a bright red irritated rash. ...Read more

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Tips for poison ivy?

Tips for poison ivy?

See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more

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How dangerous is poison ivy?

How dangerous is poison ivy?

Very itchy: Not very dangerous usually, but very itchy and uncomfortable. Don't spread it, and treat it locally. ...Read more

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How should I treat poison ivy ?

How should I treat poison ivy
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Cortisone steroids: Steroids are usually needed for poison ivy. A doctor prescribes them after confirming the rash is really the poison oak type. For bad rashes, oral steroids for several days are used (prednisone, prednisolone). For very mild rashes, cortisone creams can be used. A daily aveeno oatmeal bath may help. Claritin or zyrtec each morning, plus a single Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose at bedtime, can cut down the itching. ...Read more

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What should I do for poison ivy?

What should I do for poison ivy?

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. ...Read more

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What occurs if i ate poison ivy?

What occurs if i ate poison ivy?

Not recommended: Since poison ivy is highly sensitizing, i would not advise it. You will likely tolerate the first exposure but may become allergic to it later. At one time, poison ivy resin drop was used to desensitize patients with poison ivy dermatitis and apparently was well tolerated in small doses. Most people become allergic to poison ivy/oak through skin contact. Is this a dare with money on the table? ...Read more

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What are the stages of poison ivy?

Bad to worse: Most people develop allergic contact dermatitis to the waxy oil of urushiol that makes up much of the plant resin. It is a delayed-type hypersensitivity that can vary somewhat based on the type/degree of exposure and how allergic the patient is. Over time, lesions can go from dry and red, to bumpy, to huge water blisters (bullae) before they crust over and clear up. The lesions are not contagious. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of poison ivy?

Rash: The rash with poison ivy starts 48-72 hours after exposure to the plant, and is very itchy. ...Read more

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Is it bas to pop poison ivy blosters?

Is it bas to pop poison ivy blosters?

Yes, don't do it due: To increased risk of infection. 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. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i seek help for my poison ivy?

Yes, especially: If you have signs of a secondary infection or significant swelling. ...Read more

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What's fastest way to heal poison ivy reactions?

What's fastest way to heal poison ivy reactions?

See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more

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Is poison ivy contagious?

No: Poison ivy lesions are not contagious.
Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned. This includes skin, clothes, shoes, gear etc. Touching urushiol can cause spread. ...Read more

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Is it bad if poison ivy is purole?

Is it bad if poison ivy is purole?

No: Poison ivy and many other forms of contact dermatitis frequently causes red or purplish discoloration of the skin. ...Read more

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Can sunblock be used for poison ivy?

No: There's nothing in it that will treat poison ivy. If you put it on before you go in the woods it may help keep some of the plant oil off you that triggers poison ivy but i doubt it will do much to protect you. ...Read more

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Inhaled poison ivy smoke, should I be concerned?

Yes: Inhaling poison ivy smoke may lead to severe inflammation of lungs and can even be life-threatening. ...Read more

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How to know if there are poison ivy oils on headphones?

How to know if there are poison ivy oils on headphones?

No way to know: You can't test for it but if you suspect that there may be then you can wipe them off with warm soapy water followed by wiping them off with alcohol to remove any oil. ...Read more