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How can I get rid of poison sumac?

How can I get rid of poison sumac?

Can't: It has to run its course, however topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or cortizone cream may reduce reddness and symptoms. Oral steroids may be required for larger or more severe outbreaks, possibly along with antihistamine & h2 blocker to reduce symptoms. You've got it for about two weeks. Sorry! ...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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How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

Poison Ivies: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the Urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivies include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) Oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

Allergic Dermatitis: If you are referring to getting rid of a rash caused by these plants then the proper treatment is topical corticosteroids for mild/moderate cases. For severe, generalized cases oral prednisone is the best option. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of poison sumac without going to the doctors?

Yes: Apply a wet cloth, or soak the area in cool water. Use calamine lotion to help relieve itching. Try not to scratch to avoid a skin infection. Do not use the following medicines. They can cause allergy problems of their own: Antihistamines applied to the skin such as diphenhydramine (found in Benadryl cream, spray, or gel). Topical anesthetics with benzocain or topical antibiotics with neomycin. ...Read more

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Why do people get poison sumac real bad?

Rhus dermatitis: Reaction to the toxic oil, can stay on clothing up to 10 years if not washed in hot water. ...Read more

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My dad got poison sumac yesterday and went to the doctor today. Should i be worried i may get it from him if he took a shower yesterday?

My dad got poison sumac yesterday and went to the doctor today. Should i be worried i may get it from him if he took a shower yesterday?

Very rare: This is very rare but the same precautions used with poison ivy apply. The oil that causes the skin reaction can be transmitted from one part of the body to another or to another person. It is not contagious. If he took a good soapy shower most if not all of the oil should be gone. ...Read more

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What are ways to help "cure" poison sumac?

No cure, get treated: (toxicodendron dermatitis) aka: poison ivy/oak/sumac causes an itchy blistering reaction of varying degrees in almost everyone who contacts it and fails to wash it off immediately. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended because oral steroids for about 3 weeks in a tapering course will dramatically improve this condition in a few days. Topical soaks to dry the blisters is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the differences between poison sumac and pokeweed?

Not even close: Poison Sumac can cause a rash (contact dermatitis) in sensitive people. Look at pictures http://www.poison-sumac.org/ Pokeweed is more common and doesn't cause a rash. It has purple berries that will stain your skin.It is toxic to animals and people when eaten But, some people will eat the leaves on a salad when prepared right. Look at pictures http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_americana ...Read more

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How is allergy to poison sumac diagnosed?

How is allergy to poison sumac diagnosed?

Poison ivy: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more