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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
Poison ivy: Itchy vesicular rash in pattern where touched by plant. ...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 more
I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?
Hello Doc 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: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...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 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 more
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
Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more
Leaf shape: The Ivy has a leaf shape more pointed like an arrow point. The poison oak has rounded lobed. Both have a palmate (palm like) shape with 3 leaflets originating from a central stem. ...Read more
Difference in leaf: The poison ivy is leaf is composed of three parts on the same level each the shape of an arrow head. See www. Poisoncontrol. Org on their plant section for a picture. If you flatten the sharp edges and make the leaves rounded like a pin oak you have the poison oak. The sumak is a long multipart fron that resembles more of a fern than a regular plant leaf, its small leaflets are similar ti the ivy. ...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
Topica/oral steroids: Poison ivy and poison oak are types of allergic contact dermatitis, which usually will resolve spontaneously within 2 weeks. For milder cases, use of a topical corticosteroid is effective. More severe cases, especially when the disease affects that face, often require oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone. ...Read more
Split question??: Your question can be interpreted several ways and other answers cover the basics. We often see the palm side of the hand or fingers not break out when the rest of the body or back of the hand will. Some suggest the thickened skin of the palm (or soles of the feet) is resistant to the chemical that triggers the rash. That has been my personal experience with pi. ...Read more
Mild Cortisone: Use a mild cortisone over the counter cream for the vulva area. This skin is thinner here than other areas, so you just don't want to use a stronger prescription steroid in this sensitive area as it may thin the skin. You can try an over the counter antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) daily to help control itchiness. If this doesn't clear up within the week, you may need a visit with your physician. ...Read more
Poison ivy: They all all caused by essentially the same oil in the plant and thus they all heal in about the same time. ...Read more
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