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Does Poison Oak Always Itch
3 leaf/red bump itch: Poison ivy has groups of 3 rounded leaves with a point at the tip, and grows as underbrush. Poison oak & sumac also have 3 leaves, thus the the saying "leaves of 3, let them be." they all cause the same rash: red, itchy bumps which may spread across the skin when scratched. If otc benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone cream and calamine lotion aren't enough, you may need to see a dr. For stronger prescribed meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Oleoresin allergy: The oleoresin (urushiol oil) in the plant sap of the poison ivy plant triggers a type IV allergic reaction where t cells of the immune system are involved. It's the same type of reaction that causes nickel allergy. For a quick review, please read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/04/poison-ivy/. ...Read more
Cleaning: Poison ivy is not contagious but you may be getting them repeatedly from contaminated clothing and gear. Be sure to use detergents on these items otherwise it will come back like freddy. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more
Yes: The material oozing from the blisters is simple body serum like you would have from a burn blister.The area should be kept clean and watched for redness or swelling that would indicate a secondary bacterial infection. Covering the area is fine but the site should be watched.The ooze does not spread poison ivy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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