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Should I cover my poison ivy rash and unpopped blisters with a bandaid, or leave it exposed? It's on my upper arm, about an inch long and a cm wide.

Should I cover my poison ivy rash and unpopped blisters with a bandaid, or leave it exposed?  It's on my upper arm, about an inch long and a cm wide.

Not the first thing: poison ivy is an immune reaction to an oil. The first thing would be to absorb the rest of the oil so you cannot spread it onto yourself (aveeno). Then depends on how much weaping/fluid. May need teflon guaze to absorp the fluid. Antibacterial creme may be a bit helpful and covering helps it. Ok, covered til scabbed. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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After using 200 calla lilies in a wedding, my body is covered in a poison ivy type rash. is this possibly from the lilies . I am a florist and have?

After using 200 calla lilies in a wedding, my body is covered in a poison ivy type rash. is this possibly from the lilies . I am a florist and have?

Contact allergy: It is entirely possible to have developed a contact allergy to plant products. If the involvement is extensive, you may need a short course of oral cortisone For limited involvement, topical cortisone cream may be sufficient. Contact your doctor for a RX and start washing any item which might have touched the lilly with liquid detergent to avoid further exposure. ...Read more

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How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

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

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I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

Cold compresses: Confirm poison ivy:touch a plant? Touch something that had the plants oil? Nearby when poison ivy brush was being burned. Rash: itches, may blister, last 1-3 wks. Avoid itching, cool wraps/cloths to area, hydrocortisone/calamine to soothe, if blistering try burrows solution or products with aluminum acetate. See doc if:severe rash, involves face/genitals, swelling, worse at 2-3wks, infection. ...Read more

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What looks like poison ivy rash but isnt?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a poison ivy rash?

What are the symptoms of a  poison ivy rash?

Poison ivy: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more

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Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Poison ivy: You cannot spread poison ivy rash by scratching. Poison ivy is a haptin meaning a small molecule. It must bind skin tissue to form an allergic reaction. Once it binds to skin, poison ivy does not come off so it can not be transferred to you or another person. Poison ivy rash is contracted by contact with the oil, urushiol. ...Read more

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What can you do for a terrible poison ivy rash?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more