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How Long Is Poison Ivy Or Oak Contagious
How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?
I have poison oak and poison ivy. Is the rash contagious to others and could it be spread on my body by scratching or simple contact?
Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more
Poison Ivy Symptoms.: Mild cases can last 5 to 12 days. In severe cases the symptoms may last a month or longer. ...Read more
Best at-home/OTC ways to treat rash/itching from poison ivy/oak? How long typically for rash to go away?
It is not contagious: I agree w dr. Chiu. Urushiol (offending chemical in poison ivy) remains potent for over a year. So it is imperattive that you wash any tools, clothes, boots, etc that have been in contact with ivy. Wash skin asap. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off very effectively. You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove the urushiol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash. ...Read more
Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction. ...Read more
Start with this link: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-basicsGet a more detailed answer ›
Hives randomly appeared on left arm and spread to stomach and chest, not poison ivy or oak concerned help tried benedril?
See derm: What you're describing could be one of any number of things if it is true hives should have responded somewhat two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) i would see your doctor to have it looked at you can start with your primary doctor but if you can go to a dermatologist that would be best to proper diagnosis and treatment plan can be implemented. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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