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Doctor insights on: How Do You Treat Poison Ivy On Your Hand

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Can you get poison ivy on your hand?

Can you get poison ivy on your hand?

Yes: You can get poison ivy anywhere your skin comes in contact with the plant oils. However, it is more common to get it on areas of thinner skin, such as the back of your hand vs the palm. Because we use our hands & wash them more often, the oils often don't come in contact or absorb as much on the hands vs other body parts. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Is it safe to eat cooked food that may have been prepared by hands that were exposed to poison ivy? Thanks

Is it safe to eat cooked food that  may have been prepared by hands that were exposed to poison ivy?  Thanks

Cooked is ok: As long as the food is cooked, the protein from the poison ivy (urushiol) should be degraded and not cause any problems. Regardless, you would want to wash your hands when preparing a meal for basic hygiene. ...Read more

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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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I have poison ivy on hands for about a week it's blisters. What is a good remedy?

You are near the: End so just keep the area clean to prevent secondary infection. If in the future you are exposed to poison ivy wash the area with isoparafins, lanolin and glycerin all components of goop hand cleaner within one hour to prevent severe reaction. Keep away from mouth and eyes. ...Read more

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Best OTC for severe poison ivy around face neck ears and hands? Can it be dangerous and what to watch for if so?

Best OTC for severe poison ivy around face neck ears and hands?  Can it be dangerous and what to watch for if so?

See your physician: Based on your description, this is far more severe than what otc Hydrocortisone can handle. Severe rash and breakdown of the skin can lead to an infection of the skin, that can be disfiguring or fatal. Health care can be expensive, but lack of health care leads to complications that are even more expensive to treat once you have no choice but to go in. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat with your hands when you have poison ivy and you have a soar in your mouth?

Yes: The blisters from poison ivy do not transfer the allergic reaction. The oil from the plant does. As long as you have washed your hands with a good soap to remove the plant oil you should not transfer the rash to other parts of your body. ...Read more

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Alex has areas on the top of his hands that started warm and red. The second day they had small blisters resembling poison ivy but they do not itch. ?

Alex has areas on the top of his hands that started warm and red. The second day they had small blisters resembling poison ivy but they do not itch. ?

Contact Dermatitis?: It sounds like he may have come in contact with something that he has an allergy to. If the area continues to worsen, see a doc or open a video consult so it can be evaluated in case it's something else. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My fiancé works with his hands & got poison ivy the blisters are really tight and hurt. He hasn't put anything on them med. wise and just keepin clean?

My fiancé works with his hands & got poison ivy the blisters are really tight and hurt. He hasn't put anything on them med. wise and just keepin clean?

See checklist: on poison ivy/oak. If he has blisters that are tight they may need to be broken cleanly and then covered cleanly. Calamine lotion will help to dry everything up. He may need to take an antihistamine or even a steroid if the swelling is quite severe. He should not be working with these hands until they are better and dried. ...Read more

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I have had poison ivy, all lesions healed and gone, then a itching and flaming red skin started on hands and feet, legs, butt, not external.

I have had poison ivy, all lesions healed and gone, then a itching and flaming red skin started on hands and feet, legs, butt, not external.

Different cause: You're itching at this point is probably not related to the poison ivy.You should see a medical doctor since there can be internal causes of pruritus better known as itching. ...Read more

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I have poison ivy on the palm and side of some of my fingers. Skin is red swollen and real dry feeling. What do I do??

I have poison ivy on the palm and side of some of my fingers. Skin is red swollen and real dry feeling. What do I do??

Ice, antihistamines: Treat with ice/cold compresses, take oral anthistamines to help with swelling and itch, and use hydrocortisone cream to hep with itch as well. ...Read more