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Will hot water agitate a poison ivy / oak rash?

Will hot water agitate a poison ivy / oak rash?

Hot water no help: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis that takes 10 - 14 days to clear. Hot water will cause the superficial blood vessels in the skin to dialate making the area redder and if hot enough briefly numb nerve endings. It will not in anyway improve or shorten the natural course of poison ivy. The only treatment that partly helps is oral or injectable steroids, but side effects can be significant. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of an unexplained and extremely itchy skin rash? I have tried bathing in lukewarm water and oats, benadryl, and using triamincolone cream, although the cream is left over from an old case of poison ivy and is out of date (i have not spent

How do I get rid of an unexplained and extremely itchy skin rash? I have tried bathing in lukewarm water and oats, benadryl, and using triamincolone cream, although the cream is left over from an old case of poison ivy and is out of date (i have not spent

This: This is a bit tricky to answer without a picture and more clinical information. I doubt it was from the blood draw. This time of year it could be many things including a medication reaction, eczema, a viral exanthem, psoriasis, dry skin from low humidity, and many others. Perhaps a visit to a dermatologist would be helpful for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps a little! ...Read more

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Is rhuli gel good for poison ivy?

Is rhuli gel good for poison ivy?

No: Rhuli gel is rather a pain killer applied topically, poson ivy is a type of allergic inflammation that needs an anti-inflammatory cream or ointment. ...Read more

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Would protopic (tacrolimus ointment) be good for poison ivy?

No: Protopic is great for chronic treatment of eczema, but poison ivy needs a much more potent anti-inflammatory medication. The inflammation due to poison ivy is so severe that even the high-potency topical steroids often aren't enough; oral steroids are usually required. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for bad case of poison ivy?

Is there a good cure for bad case of poison ivy?

Prednisone: For mild cases of poison ivy, steroid ointments and antihistamines is usually sufficient. For more severe or generalized skin reactions from poison ivy, steroid tablets such as Prednisone may be needed. ...Read more

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My poison ivy. Turned purple after swimming is that a good thing?

My poison ivy. Turned purple after swimming is that a good thing?

Usually: It means that it is healing as long as it the area hasn't gotten larger. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for poison ivy?

What are some good home remedies for poison ivy?

Many may help: Many home remedies can help. One of the best is jewel weed lotion. Homeopathic rhus tox12x or 12c, 2 pellets under tongue 3x/day often helps- for other choices see http://www. Naturalnews. Com/026516_poison_ivy_remedies. Html
these are available at health food stores. Also try vit c 1000 mg 4x/day or more and good old benadryl (diphenhydramine). For more ideas see http://www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/poison_ivy. Html. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a good home remedy for poison ivy?

Can you tell me a good home remedy for poison ivy?

Help with symptoms: Some home remedies for symptoms of poison ivy include using a cold, wet cloth or paper towel to cover the rash and using calamine lotion as well. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home-grown way to get rid of poison ivy?

Please describe a good home-grown way to get rid of poison ivy?

Soothe: The following tips will help soothe your poison ivy but don't get "rid" of it. 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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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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I have a prescription from 2009 for methylprednisolone 4 mg DSPK for poison ivy summack is this still good to use?

Older meds: If it is still in the packaging from the factory it is likely still good. HOWEVER - how it was stored (heat, moisture and time) all affect the potency of medications. In a pinch I would use it - at the very least if its lost its potency - you may need a second course. If there is a strong odor or the pills have disintegrated - time for new pills. Good Luck ...Read more

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

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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I have a bad case of poison ivy! I have some fluticasone propionate cream from my daughters dr visit awhile back. Is THAT good To Use On it?

Probably fine if: Not expired and you have no medical contraindication to it (and you know it's poison ivy or another similar contact dermatitis). If it's not improving, though, you should have your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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How long can poison ivy spread?

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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How do I make poison ivy go away?

Topical: Cold compresses, no scrubbing but gentle hypoallergenic cleansing of the site, topical anti-itch cream (if no open sores, blisters of lesions) and oral antihistamines to keep the itch down. Wear long pants next time! ...Read more

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How long does poison ivy to itch?

How long does poison ivy to itch?

Depends: For some the itch lasts for a couple of days for others the itch and rash can last for weeks. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat poison ivy fast?

What can I do to treat poison ivy fast?

See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy make you lose your appetite?

Can poison ivy make you lose your appetite?

Not by itself: However if you can't sleep or have had a severe case of poison ivy especially when complicated by an infection, you may lose appetite. Most of the time, it is just intensely itchy. ...Read more

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Will physical activity exacerbate poison ivy?

It shouldn't.: Poison ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis that affects the skin. The skin is affected only at the place where it is in contact with the plant's resin or urushiol oil that is found in its leaves, stems or roots. Physical activity would not spread the already affected area nor makes it more severe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can I do now - poison ivy?

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.). ...Read more

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Are there any safe home remedies for poison ivy?

Are there any safe home remedies for poison ivy?

NO: Home remedies are not nearly as effective as prescriptions. Clobetasol cream will reduce itching and swelling. It will reduce the healing time. If there is severe facial swelling or if there is extensive blistering, use Prednisone 50 mg alternate days for 3 or 4 doses. You still need a 60 g tube of clobetasole. The cream is not toxic and the dermatitis is not contagious. ...Read more

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Does poison ivy spread from one person to another?

Possibly: If the person is still contaminated with poison ivy (on his body or clothing) it would be similar to a direct contact with it yourself. However if the person is free of poison ivy agent on his body or clothing, the rash itself cannot be transmitted to another person. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some poison ivy home remedies?

I was wondering what are some poison ivy home remedies?

See doctor: If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. Also clean up anything that might be contaminated (shoes, equipment) with a laundry detergent. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get poison ivy again after ridding of it?

Yes: Individuals who contract poison ivy are allergic to it and subsequent exposures will result in return of the rash. ...Read more