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