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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?

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?

Not contagious: Usually poison ivy/oak is not contagious unless you still have the substance from the plant on you and then touch someone else. But just having the rash won't spread to someone else. Good health. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

Cold compresses: Confirm poison ivy:touch a plant? Touch something that had the plants oil? Nearby when poison ivy brush was being burned. Rash: itches, may blister, last 1-3 wks. Avoid itching, cool wraps/cloths to area, hydrocortisone/calamine to soothe, if blistering try burrows solution or products with aluminum acetate. See doc if:severe rash, involves face/genitals, swelling, worse at 2-3wks, infection. ...Read more

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How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

Corticosteroids: Poison ivy can often be treated with topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone. In more severe cases, oral or injectable corticosteroids are needed. ...Read more

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What looks like poison ivy rash but isnt?

Contact allergy: Poison ivy is essentially an allergic reaction to a contact allergen- in this case, the resin from poison ivy. Thus any contact allergen can elicit similar skin reactions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a poison ivy rash?

What are the symptoms of a poison ivy rash?

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

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Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Poison ivy: You cannot spread poison ivy rash by scratching. Poison ivy is a haptin meaning a small molecule. It must bind skin tissue to form an allergic reaction. Once it binds to skin, poison ivy does not come off so it can not be transferred to you or another person. Poison ivy rash is contracted by contact with the oil, urushiol. ...Read more

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What can you do for a terrible poison ivy rash?

What can you do for a terrible poison ivy rash?

See your doctor: Poison ivy 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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Can I tell me how I can deal with poison ivy rash?

Can I tell me how I can deal with poison ivy rash?

Wash, Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Wash chemical off, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) avoid recurrent exposure. If extensive....May need steroid, see pmd. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to start?

4hrs to 3d: From direct exposure usually it starts 4 hrs to 3 days. It will peak between 1-2 weeks and new lesions may appear up to 21 days. ...Read more

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What to do if I was just wondering if anybody knew of any home remedies to clear up poison ivy rash?

What to do if I was just wondering if anybody knew of any home remedies to clear up poison ivy rash?

Colloidal oatmeal: Bath. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. ...Read more

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How long does the "weepy" part of poison ivy rash usually last and how can I get it to dry up faster? It seems like calamine almost makes it weep more

How long does the "weepy" part of poison ivy rash usually last and how can I get it to dry up faster? It seems like calamine almost makes it weep more

Steroid cream: You may try over the counter ointment/cream with hydro-cortisone, Visit this site for information on treatment of poison ivy.
http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-treatment
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for poison ivy rash?

Poison Ivy: If the rash is widespread or results in a large number of blisters, your doctor may prescribe an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone, for poison ivy treatment. If a bacterial infection has developed at the rash site, your doctor will likely give you a prescription for an oral antibiotic. Prescription topical steroids are also helpful. ...Read more

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Can you spread poison ivy rash between people?

Yes: The oily allergen of poison ivy can be spread between susceptible people. ...Read more

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When after contact does it take for poison ivy rash to appear?

When after contact does it take for poison ivy rash to appear?

Few hours to weeks: Poison ivy causes contact dermatitis after contact from the urushiol oil from the poison ivy. Symtpoms can ccur from a few hours up to 3 weeks after initial contact. ...Read more

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Is it better to keep a poison ivy rash covered if in weepy stage or left open to "air out." If covered, what type of dressing should be used?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/poison-ivy/basics/definition/CON-20025866 ...Read more

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How to get rid of poison ivy rash?

Poison Ivy: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the Urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy 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 might a sauna affect my poison ivy rash?

How might a sauna affect my poison ivy rash?

Itchier After Sauna: There are no contra-indications to being in a sauna with a poison ivy rash, but itchy rashes are often worse after exposure to heat. While heat may initially be soothing, the sweating and evaporation after a sauna may make your rash itchier. ...Read more

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What is the best way to apply bleach on a poison ivy rash?

Don't do that: You shouldn't apply bleach over the inflamed skin area due to poison ivy contact dermatitis. Bleach is an irritant and would make your skin more inflamed. Wash your skin throughly with water to rinse the resin off. You can apply an otc topical corticosteroid on the area. If it does not work, your doctor can start you on a short course of oral steroid to make it heal faster. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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