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How can I get rid of poison oak or poison ivy?

How can I get rid of poison oak or poison ivy?

Topica/oral steroids: Poison ivy and poison oak are types of allergic contact dermatitis, which usually will resolve spontaneously within 2 weeks. For milder cases, use of a topical corticosteroid is effective. More severe cases, especially when the disease affects that face, often require oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Split question??: Your question can be interpreted several ways and other answers cover the basics. We often see the palm side of the hand or fingers not break out when the rest of the body or back of the hand will. Some suggest the thickened skin of the palm (or soles of the feet) is resistant to the chemical that triggers the rash. That has been my personal experience with pi. ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak? Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?  Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

The plant involved: These are two different plants ; both produce the rheus antigen responsible for the identical contact dermatitis. The leaves of the plant are similar in appearance, with the p.Oak leaf remaining rounded at its edge where the p.Ivy leaf comes to a sharp point. ...Read more

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If I send you a picture can you tell me if its poison ivy or poison oak?

Not this site: The docs that contribute to this public site are not able to see any lab/pictures/x-rays or other material you upload to the site.The only data we have to work on is contained in the wording of your original info and question. Your questions are not linked and go out at random.The sister site,Healthtap prime has some of those capabilities. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak? What's the best cream?

What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak?  What's the best cream?

Poison ivy: To stop the itch from poison ivy/oak, cold compresses to the rash plus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine. A high-potency steroid cream usually helps. Oftentimes, oral steroids are needed to control the itch and inflammation, courtesy of your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

Topical cortisol: Over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream may be sufficient, or your physician may give you a stronger topical glucocorticoid cream such as triamcinolone or a short course of oral glucocorticoids. This must be miserable -- good luck. ...Read more

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Can triamcinolone acetonide be used for poison oak and poison ivy?

Can triamcinolone acetonide be used for poison oak and poison ivy?

Yes: Any topical steroid cream can be used for any type of contact dermatitis. Poison oak and ivy, however, cause extremely potent reactions, that may not respond well to topical therapy, and need to be treated with steroids taken by mouth. If you're using the steroid cream twice daily and can tell that the rash is worsening or spreading, you need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Yes: Poison ivy (in eastern us), oak (in western us), sumac (in eastern us) are 3 species in the genus toxicodendron or rhus which all produce urushiol oil, the substance that in sensitive individuals produces contact dermatitis. Urushiol is very stable and can be blown on leaf particles into contact with the skin or carried on clothing for over a year so dermatitis can occur without plant contact. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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