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Does Poison Oak Always Itch
I had poison oak for two weeks. It has now being replaced by a rash with small red bumps on my ribs, chest, back-itches, burns and a yeast infection?
Possible: Looking at the rash in the picture without actually seeing the patient will suspected a viral lesion condyloma contagiosum. This can occur in patients with weakened immune system if you took Prednisone. It will spread by scratching it. It will usually resolve after a long time without treatment. Use anti itch meds may help. A visit to a Dermatologist may clarify diagnosis and help in management ...Read more
I take celexa 40mg on regular. I was prescribed hydroxyzine hcl 25mg for itching due to bad case of poison oak. I am having sudden squeezing pain thro?
Question: Your question is incomplete. Where is your pain, how long has it been present, what is the character of the pain. What makes it better or worse? Please resubmit your question. ...Read more
OTC products: Over the counter products such as calamine lotion or oral antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra are helpful. For prevention ivyblock prior to yardwork or hiking is helpful. Washing within one hour of exposure with tecnu or zanfel soap can minimize reactions. Wear long sleeves when doing yardwork or have someone else do it for you. Wash clothes right away and pets can carry the oil on them. ...Read more
How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?
My Grand daughter has a rash on her face that very much looks like poison oak - except it does not itch. Is that possible if it is poison oak?
Something else: Poison oak rash usually itches intensely. It is likely from something else. See doctor if problem worsens or persists. ...Read more
Yes and no: The triggering factor for poison oak, Ivy & sumac is an oily chemical that adheres to your skin or objects after contact. It has been known to cause rashes in people moving camping equipment months after storage. As long as you wash off the chemical with a good soap, it cannot be spread to other skin sites or people. The blisters contain sterile body serum & don't spread the rash. ...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?
Sure: If the animal rubbed against and then rubbed against you, sure. ...Read more
Poison oak treatment: Generally the treatment of topical. Cleaning the scan and using antimicrobial soap such as die was important to prevent infection. I would start with an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone ointment applied twice daily. If symptoms do not improve within 3 to 4 days are worse than I would seek medical help. ...Read more
Red bumps or lines->: Which may ooze some clear or slightly yellow fluid. I t probably looks the same as 'poison ivy'...Usually it occurs within a couple of days of being in the woods, garden etc. Ie., after touching it. See: http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-topic-overview and http://www. Riversideonline. Com/source/images/image_popup/ans7_poison_ivy. Jpg. ...Read more
Duration: Poison oak symptoms can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to resolve without treatment. ...Read more
Maybe/maybe not: I can see hot water causing an initial increase in blood flow at your skin surface & intensifying any discomfort/reaction to the rheus antigen. The shower itself is a good idea, since lathering up well with soap should remove the rash triggering chemicals. I would use warm water instead. ...Read more
No: The only way to get poison oak or poison ivy from someone is for them to touch you after they just touched the plant. The plant has a clear resin that you cannot see and the resin is what causes the allergic reaction. If you touch someone's rash that is oozing you may get hepatitis or other blood borne disease if they have those illnesses to begin with. The ooze is a bodily fluid. ...Read more
Yes: The oils form the plant which produce the rash and symptoms can be on the dog's hair and skin and can definitely be transferred to your skin by petting or smuggling with the pet. If they have been in poison anything, a bath is needed! ...Read more
I have poison oak and am looking for quick relief because I'm traveling. Something natural would be preferable. Thanks!
Cortisone 1%: You can buy a 1% over the counter cortisone cream for this. Also if you want some real "itch relief" pick up some zyrtec (cetirizine) 10 mg tablets. One tab every 24 hours over the next several days will give 24 hour itch relief. Be sure and wash your hands and clean out under your nails to minimize the oak toxin. It's easy to " inoculate" other areas of your body with the scratching! ...Read more
Different yet same: The plants are different. Poison oak grows like a bush or a small shrub and poison ivy grows as a vine along the ground or up tree trunks. The reactions that people develop to these are the same. The sap of any of the plants in the rhus genus (poison ivy, oak and sumac are common but also mango, cashew and pistacchio) may cause a rash that can itch and blister 12-48 hours after contact. ...Read more
Sort of.: An ointment of equal parts poison ivy vine, prickly ash bark, and alfalfa seeds is supposed to be good for arthritis. I donít know if it works, and I suggest you don't try to find out; there are many safer alternatives. Poison ivy is also used in homeopathic treatments, which are supposed to stimulate the body's defenses. Of course, there are conflicting claims about whether homeopathy works. ...Read more
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