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Cures for poison ivy and oak?

Cures for poison ivy and oak?

See below: mild cases can probably be treated with a steroid cream. severe cases usually require oral steroids. ...Read more

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Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Sort of.: An ointment of equal parts poison ivy vine, prickly ash bark, and alfalfa seeds is supposed to be good for arthritis. I donĂ­t know if it works, and i suggest you don't try to find out; there are many safer alternatives. Poison ivy is also used in homeopathic treatments, which are supposed to stimulate the body's defenses. Of course, there are conflicting claims about whether homeopathy works. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

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 more

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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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Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Poison ivy: Greetings. Yes poison ivy and sumac can grow around trees and scrubs in school yards. These plants can grow anywhere. ...Read more

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Will ocean water effect poison oak?

Will ocean water effect poison oak?

Not negatively: The salinity of sea water may be a bit drying on the area, but should have little impact on it's healing pattern.I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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Is poison ivy contagious?

Is poison ivy contagious?

No: Poison ivy lesions are not contagious. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned. This includes skin, clothes, shoes, gear etc. Touching urushiol can cause spread. ...Read more

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Is prospan ivy leaf extract cough syrup safe in pregnancy?

Is prospan ivy leaf extract cough syrup safe in pregnancy?

We simply don't know: While I am inclined to say it is probably ok, we do not have enough information and no formal studies to say one way or another. Demonstrating safety or hazard is much more difficult than you may realize. That is why we always err on the side of caution during pregnancy and take things only when clearly indicated and of proven benefit. ...Read more

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Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy poisoning spread internally?

Can poison ivy poisoning spread internally?

Yes -- if vaporized: If poison ivy is burned, the oils vaporize, and you breathe it in -- yes, you can have internal poison ivy reactions which could be very dangerous. Sometimes this can happen accidentally, like when clearing a yard in winter, that you don't realize has poison ivy vines on trees, etc. (i've seen it happen.) poison ivy just on your skin will not "spread" internally, though. ...Read more

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Could chlorine help heal poison oak?

No: Avoid chlorine over open sores such as with poison oak. This can lead to more irritation. ...Read more

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Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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How to treat poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

What to do.: 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 /oak etc needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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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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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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