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Should I call poison control if my baby came in contact with poison oak/ivy?

Should I call poison control if my baby came in contact with poison oak/ivy?

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 more

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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


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Hi, I just applied topicort (0.05%) to a poison oak rash on my arms. How long until I can safely breastfeed my baby?

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

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I have poison oak, what to do?

I have poison oak, what to do?

Contact dermatitis: Contact dermatitis from poison ivy, oak or sumac usually requires steroids, either topical steroid cream or oral steroids if more severe or widespread. Often prescription strength medication is needed so call your doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of poison oak?

What are symptoms of poison oak?

Rash & Itch: Poison oak causes a rash where it contacts your skin and typically is very itchy. ...Read more

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Could chlorine help heal poison oak?

No: Avoid chlorine over open sores such as with poison oak. This can lead to more irritation. ...Read more

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Does poison oak itch more when it's healing?

Does poison oak itch more when it's healing?

Itch during healing: The amount of itch during healing is variable. Also the location may cause worse itching, especially in flexor areas such as knees, ankles or wrists ...Read more

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What to do for bad insect bites and poison oak?

What to do for bad insect bites and poison oak?

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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How can you cure poison oak that's on your head?

How can you cure poison oak that's on your head?

Steroids creams: Localized poison ivy is usually treated with calamine lotion as well as high potency steroid creams. If it has spread to the face then oral corticosteroids are frequently used. ...Read more

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Can lidocaine help release the itch of poison oak?

Can lidocaine help release the itch of poison oak?

May be: not the mainstay for treatment of poison ivy rash, steroids are better, if need be use the lowest effective dose topically for the shortest effective duration, you can suffer rebound itching with prolonged use, it's a prescription medication ...Read more