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Medicine 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 donít 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
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?
What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak . Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen ?
Get it seen by a doc: The problem in this scenario, is that without seeing what is going on with your leg, the process can be either a dermatologic reaction to the poison ivy or oak (then steroids are ok), or more seriously, a secondary bacterial infection causing cellulitis due to scratching the typically itchy rash caused by the plants (then antibiotics are needed). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?
Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?
Depends: When I have a patient with significant swelling around the eyes or a problem body part, a shot of steroid would certainly help clear it faster and help the itching fade. In lesser cases, an oral steroid and topical treatment with a steroid or OTC product like IVY dry would help. If you just keep it clean and don't mess with it fading occurs within 2 wks. ...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 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more
Itchy blister rash: The oils of the rhus family of plants can cause contact dermatitis. Any areas of skin that touch the vines or leaves in a patient that has already developed allergy to poison ivy or poison oak. Itching may develop the next day and continue to progress to blisters. The pattern is usually in straight line as the vines touched the skin. Washing the skin with a strong soap as soon as you can after ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Continuing exposure.: The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. If the problem is not serious, topical hydrocortisone may help. For more severe problem , a Rx strength topical steroid and /or oral cortisone may b neede ...Read more
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