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How Long Does Poison Sumac Usually Last
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Wikipedia: The articles in wikipedia are very well written and referenced. ...Read more
Poison sumac: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy or poison sumac 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
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
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
Multiple possible: There are multiple homeopathic remedies which might help, depending on your most prominent symptoms. For instance, anacardium or rhus tox may help if the rash itches intensely and improves with very hot water. If it's worse from heat and there's lots of swelling, apis may be best. If there are thick crusts with moisture and oozing, maybe graphites. See a homeopath to differentiate yours! ...Read more
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
Red areas: Irregular red plaques in areas of exposure with vesiculization. ...Read more
See your doctor: Because the area is so sensitive, you should start taking some benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Zyrtec. But unless it's very mild, see your doctor and ask about getting some prednisone. Prednisone is an antiinflammatory steroid that will help shorten the course of your illness. Topical steroid creams might be irritating on the area where you have the rash. ...Read more
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