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Does Poison Oak Affect Babies
No: Contact (touching) poison oak/ivy is not a situation for poison control to be involved. However, if a child has eaten some suspicious plants, either indoor or outdoor plants, then parents can call poison control for advice. For the child who contacted poison oak, wash him well (and run his clothing twice through the laundry). If he develops a rash in 1-3 days, parents should call the doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Hi, I just applied topicort (0.05%) to a poison oak rash on my arms. How long until I can safely breastfeed my baby?
Stays on skin: You can breastfeed your baby right away as long as your rash does not come in contact with the baby. The poison oak toxin sticks tenaciously to your skin, and the most important thing is to remove it so you don't spread the rash by direct contact with your baby. Scrub your affected skin with "Tecnu" or other soap designed to remove poison oak from your skin. Don't let the rash touch the baby. ...Read more
Can a person get poison oak from an animal? I got poison oak but i wasn't around any. Could I have gotten it from my cat?
Hygiene important : One of the most important things is to keep the skin clean with 1-2 showers/day. Keep the fingernails short. For itch, an non-prescription med like loratidine (claritin) can help. If the areas involved are not head to toe, a cortisone cream can help. See what the local pharmacy has in the skin section for this. Talk with your doctor for additional pointers. Not fun, so hope it clears up soon! ...Read more
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