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How can you tell the difference between poison ivy and infantigo?

There are different: Impetigo is a golden colored rash resembling honey, while with poison ivy you get a bright red irritated rash. ...Read more

Dr. Kim Kuhar Dr. Kuhar
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Poison ivy (Tip)

If you are allergic to poison ivy, be sure to shower as soon as possible after exposure. ...See more

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Treating Poison Ivy & Poison Oak (Checklist)

Use an anti-itch spray or lotion with pramoxine, if approved by your doctor
2x day
Use a hydrocortisone spray or lotion, if approved by your doctor
2x day
Clean clothes, cars, or furniture that have been in contact with poison oak or ivy sap
Once
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What would happen if I smoked poison ivy?

What would happen if I smoked poison ivy?

Not a good idea: In sensitive persons, even the smoke from burning poison ivy can carry the plant oils and lead to allergic contact dermatitis of the skin. I hate to think what that could do to your lungs. Not a good idea to experiment with this. ...Read more

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Is there a shot for preventing the poison ivy symptons?

Is there a shot for preventing the poison ivy symptons?

Avoidance: The only sure prevention is avoidance. You can also wear long sleeve shirt and long pants when venturing in poison ivy infested area and make sure that all of the clothing, shoes, and even the floor mat in you car be cleansed with laundry soap right after. I do not have experience with ivy shield but you can give this a try on the exposed parts of the body. ...Read more

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Poison ivy (Tip)

Do learn what poison oak and poison ivy look like and actively avoid them. ...See more

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Tips for poison ivy?

Tips for poison ivy?

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

Dr. Derek Farley Dr. Farley
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Poison ivy (Tip)

Otc benadryl, (diphenhydramine) calamine lotion, other topical preparations. Steroid shots, hi dose creams avail rx. ...See more

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How do I cure poison ivy

How do I cure poison ivy

Wash skin soon after: The plant oils contain urushiol. 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

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How to dry out poison ivy?

Poison ivy: Calamine lotion will help with the itch and help to dry the rash. Prescription corticosteroid cream or pills may be needed for more widespread poison ivy. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Poison ivy (Tip)

Washing the exposed skin immediately with soap and water will likely prevent a rash. ...See more

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Which poison ivy is better?

See below: I didn't know there were different kinds of poison ivy? ...Read more

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How dangerous is poison ivy?

How dangerous is poison ivy?

Very itchy: Not very dangerous usually, but very itchy and uncomfortable. Don't spread it, and treat it locally. ...Read more

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Poison ivy (Tip)

Leaves of three, now itch, can't stop scratching, oh my god, I need a shot now... ...See more

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What can I do for poison ivy?

Avoidance is best: The best treatment for poison ivy is to avoid it all together...Once the rash develops, I would recommend antihistamines to control the itch. Also, if severe, you should see your doctor for a prescription of topical steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
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Poison ivy (Tip)

Scratching it will spread it! Wash your clothes separately after exposure. ...See more

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How can you treat 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. Sometimes oral steroid are needed. ...Read more

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What can I do with poison ivy?

Steroids: Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis. Once one has been exposed and develops the rash then treatment options include topical steroids and it the rash is severe enough then a course of oral steroids may be considered. Oral antihistamines may be helpful for the itchiness of the rash. ...Read more

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Poison ivy (Tip)

The plant oil is very sticky and one should thoroughly shower off and wash the clothes. ...See more

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How should I treat poison ivy?

How should I treat poison ivy?

Cortisone steroids: Steroids are usually needed for poison ivy. A doctor prescribes them after confirming the rash is really the poison oak type. For bad rashes, oral steroids for several days are used (prednisone, prednisolone). For very mild rashes, cortisone creams can be used. A daily aveeno oatmeal bath may help. Claritin or zyrtec each morning, plus a single Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose at bedtime, can cut down the itching. ...Read more

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What does poison ivy look like?

What does poison ivy look like?

3 leaf/red bump itch: Poison ivy has groups of 3 rounded leaves with a point at the tip, and grows as underbrush. Poison oak & sumac also have 3 leaves, thus the the saying "leaves of 3, let them be." they all cause the same rash: red, itchy bumps which may spread across the skin when scratched. If otc benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone cream and calamine lotion aren't enough, you may need to see a dr. For stronger prescribed meds. ...Read more

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Poison ivy (Tip)

The rash is caused by a resin in the plant getting on your skin and causing a contact dermatitis. ...See 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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What can be done for 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.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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Poison ivy (Tip)

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are the most common causes of allergic reactions in the us. ...See more

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How long should poison ivy last?

Usually a week or so: For most cases, the rash should subside within a couple of weeks provided there is no further contact. Topical steroid hastens the recovery. The most important step would be washing all objects which might have touched the ivy with laundry detergent. Else the ivy resin will keep on causing problems for many months to come. ...Read more

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What should I do for poison ivy?

What should I do for poison ivy?

Avoid: Poison ivy is a common form of allergic contact dermatitis to the oleoresin of rhus plants. Depending on location and severity of symptoms, mild to potent steroid ointments are usually sufficient. If symptoms are widespread or severe, Prednisone may be needed and tapered over 2-3 weeks. Oatmeal baths and zyrtec (cetirizine) may help. Ultimately best thing is to recognize these plants and avoid them. ...Read more