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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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


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Can you spread poison ivy rash between people?

Can you spread poison ivy rash between people?

Yes: The oily allergen of poison ivy can be spread between susceptible people. ...Read more

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When after contact does it take for poison ivy rash to appear?

When after contact does it take for poison ivy rash to appear?

Few hours to weeks: Poison ivy causes contact dermatitis after contact from the urushiol oil from the poison ivy. Symtpoms can ccur from a few hours up to 3 weeks after initial contact. ...Read more

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Is it better to keep a poison ivy rash covered if in weepy stage or left open to "air out." If covered, what type of dressing should be used?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/poison-ivy/basics/definition/CON-20025866 ...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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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

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Can I tell me how I can deal with poison ivy rash?

Can I tell me how I can deal with poison ivy rash?

Wash, Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Wash chemical off, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) avoid recurrent exposure. If extensive....May need steroid, see pmd. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to start?

4hrs to 3d: From direct exposure usually it starts 4 hrs to 3 days. It will peak between 1-2 weeks and new lesions may appear up to 21 days. ...Read more

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What to do if I was just wondering if anybody knew of any home remedies to clear up poison ivy rash?

What to do if I was just wondering if anybody knew of any home remedies to clear up poison ivy rash?

Colloidal oatmeal: Bath. 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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How long does the "weepy" part of poison ivy rash usually last and how can I get it to dry up faster? It seems like calamine almost makes it weep more

How long does the "weepy" part of poison ivy rash usually last and how can I get it to dry up faster? It seems like calamine almost makes it weep more

Steroid cream: You may try over the counter ointment/cream with hydro-cortisone, Visit this site for information on treatment of poison ivy.
http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-treatment
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for poison ivy rash?

Poison Ivy: If the rash is widespread or results in a large number of blisters, your doctor may prescribe an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone, for poison ivy treatment. If a bacterial infection has developed at the rash site, your doctor will likely give you a prescription for an oral antibiotic. Prescription topical steroids are also helpful. ...Read more

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How to get rid of poison ivy rash?

Poison Ivy: 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 needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) Oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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How might a sauna affect my poison ivy rash?

How might a sauna affect my poison ivy rash?

Itchier After Sauna: There are no contra-indications to being in a sauna with a poison ivy rash, but itchy rashes are often worse after exposure to heat. While heat may initially be soothing, the sweating and evaporation after a sauna may make your rash itchier. ...Read more

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What is the best way to apply bleach on a poison ivy rash?

Don't do that: You shouldn't apply bleach over the inflamed skin area due to poison ivy contact dermatitis. Bleach is an irritant and would make your skin more inflamed. Wash your skin throughly with water to rinse the resin off. You can apply an otc topical corticosteroid on the area. If it does not work, your doctor can start you on a short course of oral steroid to make it heal faster. ...Read more

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How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected or needs to be treated?

How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected or needs to be treated?

Pus formation: Severe, extensive poison ivy rash could benefit from treatment. If there are any areas with pus formation that would indicate infection and you should seek care. ...Read more

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How do you stop poison ivy rash from spreading to the rest of your body?

How do you stop poison ivy rash from spreading to the rest of your body?

Poison ivy: After an encounter with poison ivy, or any irritating plants, an initial thorough cleansing of the skin is mandatory in order to wash off the oil that initiates the severe skin reaction. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to develop and start itching?

How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to develop and start itching?

Usually a day or so: The chemical in the poison ivy plant that causes the problem in many people usually takes a day or two before it fully erupts. Often, people feel something is a little different for a day or two before the itch and rash starts. Once there, it takes about 7-10 days to run its course. New blisters will appear and finally crust over. The rash is not contagious! The source is-clothes, gloves, etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a poison ivy rash to weep clear, slightly yellow fluid? What is the fluid made of? How long does the weeping stage usually last?

Is it normal for a poison ivy rash to weep clear, slightly yellow fluid? What is the fluid made of? How long does the weeping stage usually last?

Yes, that is quite: Common. The fluid, called serous fluid, is the fluid that results from inflammation of the layers of the skin. It is not an indication of infection, as patients sometimes think. This usually lasts anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks if untreated. I would recommend seeing your doctor, who may be able to prescribe a topical or oral steroid to speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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If you licked someone's poison ivy rash could you get the rash in your mouth?

Yes: The rash is caused by a type of allergy to the oil in the plant. If the oil is still on the skin and you put the skin in your mouth then you can get swelling in and around the mouth. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of poison ivy rash?

See below: The treatment for a mild poison ivy rash is a topical steroid. The treatment for a more severe rash is a systemic steroid. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy rash look like mosquito bites?

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. ...Read more

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What can I put on my very itchy poison ivy rash?

What can I put on my very itchy poison ivy rash?

Anti-itch creams: You can use calamine lotion (or similar), oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other antihistamines. However, oftentimes, if the area is large and involved, oral steroids are needed. See you doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can be used to get rid of a poison ivy rash?

What can be used to get rid of a poison ivy rash?

Steroids: You should see your dermatologist for treatment. Your dermatologist can give you the correct steroids. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if a poison ivy rash is healing or not?

Blisters resolved: Most people initially get swelling or itching at the place of contact within hours then in the next weeks (1-3 weeks) they may have blister forming that then resolves. If you have poison ivy but you may have scratched it because of the intense itching, you may now have a skin infection and no longer poison ivy. ...Read more

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Had inflammation w/bad poison ivy rash. Redness/inflammation gone now, but still feels like there is fluid beneath the skin. Why? How long to go away?

Had inflammation w/bad poison ivy rash. Redness/inflammation gone now, but still feels like there is fluid beneath the skin. Why? How long to go away?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you, however, you may try elevating your feet and legs at night to help in draining the fluid, if it is due to fluid under the skin. Exercise may help too.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How do I know when the calamine lotion has dried up my poison ivy rash?

Old wive's tale: Calamine can temporarily sooth the itching of poison ivy, but it does absolutely nothing to shorten the 10 - 14 days course of any contact dermatitis. Caladryl should be avoided due to the risk to secondary sensitization to Diphenhydramine (benedryl). ...Read more

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How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

Poison Ivy is bad: Poison ivy can be treated with I.M. Kenalog, but I prefer a course of oral prednisone because it does not supress the adrenal gland as long as a Kenalog injection and can be stopped when the rash is gone. ...Read more

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Husband broke out in poison ivy rash today, exposure either yesterday or this morning. 5 mo. Old son at home, what precautions should we take?

Zanfel: Zanfel is an OTC gel that helps remove the poison ivy oils from the skin - try this. Avoid contact with open blisters and wash the clothing before touching them again. ...Read more

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How long does poison ivy rash and blisters stay on the skin?

How long does poison ivy rash and blisters stay on the skin?

Can take a while: Depending on how severe the reaction blisters associated with poison ivy can take several days or longer to resolve. The resin on the leaves can really set your skin on fire. Generally one should keep blisters intact but they always seem to rupture. Treating with a potent topical steroid can also help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for prednisone to work on a poison ivy rash? Contact made with plant 5.5 days ago. Starting taking prednisone 3 days ago.

Mgt: The steroid effect depends on the underlying problem and extent of the inflammation. The steroids will start to be more effective after a few doses. At day 3, you should experience improvement if you are responding to the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more