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If you have an allergy to Chloroprep would you also be allergic to Betadine? After every surgery I break out in poison ivy type rash around site.

If you have an allergy to Chloroprep would you also be allergic to Betadine? After every surgery I break out in poison ivy type rash around site.

Not the same: Betadine is based on Iodine and Chloroprep is Chlorhexidine, a different chemical. It is also possible that you are allergic to tape or latex which is used in bandaging the surgical site. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can the irritant in poison ivy travel through the air? Now that it is spring, I have been having a lot of issues with allergies because of all the pollen in the air. However, the other day I noticed after a sneezing fit that I was developing an itchy rash

Can the irritant in poison ivy travel through the air? Now that it is spring, I have been having a lot of issues with allergies because of all the pollen in the air. However, the other day I noticed after a sneezing fit that I was developing an itchy rash

The: The answer is yes, but only under circumstances like burning it. You may have come into contact with it thru other means like a pet or something else that came into contact with it, if it is really poison ivy. The rash should be seen by a medical person as it may not be poison ivy or any contact allergy. ...Read more

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I have poison ivy and I'm worried it will spread on me further as well as my children catching it. Do I need to continue being cautious?

I have poison ivy and I'm worried it will spread on me further as well as my children catching it. Do I need to continue being cautious?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy will cause a rash where the plant touched your skin. I would recommend taking a shower and washing your skin completely. The skin rash will not spread past the area contacted and is not contagious to others. ...Read more

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What can I do with poison ivy?

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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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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How long should poison ivy last?

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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Home remedies for the poison ivy?

Home remedies for the poison ivy?

Wash with brown soap: This must be done right after exposure, or you can use alcohol to wash the affected area immediately. After the rash appears, this could hurt. Use oatmeal compress or bath for itching. You might need to use benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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What can you do to treat poison ivy?

What can you do to treat poison ivy?

Continuing exposure.: The major approach is topical cortisone (a prescription one) and at times oral prednisone. 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. Do not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car seat and floor mat. ...Read more

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What medications help treat poison ivy?

What medications help treat poison ivy?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are needed. ...Read more

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What is the best way to dry up poison ivy?

Topical steroids.: If the case is bad enough may need oral steroids. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have poison ivy?

Best guess: The diagnosis of poison ivy is typically speculative based on the appearance of the rash as well as an exposure. If you were outdoors and within 2 days develop an itchy rash, you may have poison ivy. The rash can start out as a red patch and eventually develop blisters. It typically breaks out on exposed areas that came in contact with the leaves. ...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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Can you tell me is my poison ivy almost gone?

Can you tell me is my poison ivy almost gone?

Duration: Poison ivy duration generally can last 1-3 weeks without treatment, however new lesions can erupt even up to 21 days after the initial exposure so there is a lot of variation in the duration. ...Read more

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Poison ivy! Help please! How do I treat this?

Poison ivy! Help please! How do I treat this?

Continuing exposure.: The major approach is topical cortisone (a prescription one) and at times oral prednisone. 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. Do not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car seat and floor mat. ...Read more

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Is drying up poison ivy the main thing to do?

Is drying up poison ivy the main thing to do?

What?: If you are itching to do something because you are bored, this activity is for you.
Don't even touch it. Don't forget to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with laundry detergent because the resin left behind will continue to be a problem for you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms after poison ivy contact?

Itchy rash: Typically one gets a very itchy blistering rash in the areas which contacted the poison ivy. But one can even transfer the oils to other parts of the body if not careful. Scratching makes things worse so don't do it! ...Read more

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What should I do or use when you have poison ivy?

Options: 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 home-made remedies for poison ivy actually work?

None: The only effective therapy for poison ivy is to use steroids - either topically, with creams, or systemically, with tablets. Home remedies might make the itching feel a little better for a while, but won't affect the underlying allergic inflammation that is causing the rash and the itching. ...Read more

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What is the most effective product that cures poison ivy?

Poison Ivy: Healthtap doctors are asked not to endorse specific products. 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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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have systemic poison ivy?

No such thing: As systemic poison ivy that I know of, the term describes a skin disorder when exposed to the plant, it can also happen with other agents. Please rephrase your question with the symptoms you have ...Read more