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What do I do for swelling of my face and eyes due to contact with poison ivy?

What do I do for swelling of my face and eyes due to contact with poison ivy?

See MD: A recent event with poison ivy, especially involving the eyes can be very painful. Many docs will put patients on a ultra short course of prednisone, that should get you through the acute phase. Call, and feel better! ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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My daughter has a bad case of poison ivy...every year she gets it but not like this. Her face is swelling and she can barley open her right eye.?

My daughter has a bad case of poison ivy...every year she gets it but not like this. Her face is swelling and she can barley open her right eye.?

See your doctor: She should be seen by her physician. Most likely, she will need to be treated with a tapering course of oral steroids, such as prednisone. ...Read more

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Is my eyelid swelling from surrounding poison ivy on my face serious? My eye does not itch nor hurt.

Is my eyelid swelling from surrounding poison ivy on my face serious? My eye does not itch nor hurt.

Typical ivy: Not serious but very annoying. Water is good for it. Soap or laundry detergent not relevant. Ivy reaction is allergic, not contagious. When you lie flat the eyelid swelling will be more, when you are erect it will subside. Usually on eyelid it does not itch even when severe itch is present elsewhere. Prednisone 20 to 40mg alternate days for 2 or 3 doses is best for face. Clobetasol gel is best oth ...Read more

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Help! Daughter has a bad case lof poison ivy I am assuming. Her face is staring to swell and can barely one her? Should I take her to the Er??

Help! Daughter has a bad case lof poison ivy I am assuming. Her face is staring to swell and can barely one her? Should I take her to the Er??

Anaphylaxis: When facial swelling is present and associated with respiratory distress or trouble swallowing, a severe allergic reaction could be occurring. In these circumstances, a visit to an emergency room would be wise. In cases of poison ivy, oral diphenhydramine (Benedryl) may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce poison ivy swelling?

What can you do to reduce poison ivy swelling?

Many remedies: Many remedies can help. One of the best is jewel weed lotion. Homeopathic rhus tox12x or 12c, 2 pellets under tongue 3x/day often helps- for other choices see http://www. Naturalnews. Com/026516_poison_ivy_remedies. Html
these are available at health food stores. Also try vit c 1000 mg 4x/day or more and good old benadryl (diphenhydramine). For more ideas see http://www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/poison_ivy. Html. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the swelling from poison ivy?

What can I do to treat the swelling from 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. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to relieve swelling from poison ivy?

What is the most effective way to relieve swelling from poison ivy?

Steroids: If the area is large systemic steroids - prednisone- is great. If area is small mid to high potency topical steroids may be good choice. ...Read more

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Will swelling/redness from poison ivy eventually go away on its own or is a course of steroids absolutely necessary? Am hesitant to go steroid route.

Will swelling/redness from poison ivy eventually go away on its own or is a course of steroids absolutely necessary? Am hesitant to go steroid route.

Yes, can go: On its own, but will take time, depending on many factors: severity, location, complications, etc. Steroids given under doctor's supervision, topically / systemically will be helpfull, if your doctor judges so, usually short course of prednisolone would help, together with other measures, follow your doctor's recommendations, good luck ...Read more

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Swelling in groin from poison ivy what is the best course of action without harsh creams or steroids?

Swelling in groin from poison ivy what is the best course of action without harsh creams or steroids?

Groin?: Anywhere else? Are you sure it is due to "poison ivy"? Exactly what are the "harsh creams" or "steroids" that you fear? If you are in distress, see a Dr, preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Itchy rash recurring yearly from a horrible poison ivy patch 2 decades ago. This time with severe facial swelling. 2 wks in new spots daily?

Itchy rash recurring yearly from a horrible poison ivy patch 2 decades ago. This time with severe facial swelling. 2 wks in new spots daily?

See a dermatologist: Are you SURE of the diagnosis? If it is from ivy, it is an allergic reaction which can appear only on areas of skin exposed to the sap from the plant. Why have you not destroyed the ivy? Why are you exposed? You can get relief with clobetasol gel. Get a 60G prescription. If widespread, especially on face, I use prednisone: a 50mg tablet every other day for 3 or 4 doses. Learn how to recognize pois ...Read more

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Is there a way, without medication, to reduce the eye swelling from poison ivy?

Is there a way, without medication, to reduce the eye swelling from poison ivy?

Maybe first be sure: You are dealing with poison ivy. But if you are certain then cold compresses may help...But usually you also need anithistamine pills. The itching and swelling can get pretty annoying. See a dr if it isn't getting better. ...Read more

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My daughter has A bad case of poison ivy..... Can barely open her R eye because due to swelling. DO I need to take her to the ER?

My daughter has A bad case of poison ivy..... Can barely open her R eye because due to swelling. DO I need to take her to the ER?

Poison Ivy: Likely not the ER unless there are swallowing or breathing problems. Have her seen by her MD or urgent care for treatment. Using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help. Along with a cool compress. Try not to touch other areas and stay away from the plants. Your doctor may want to give her a course of steroids. All the best. ...Read more

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My daughter has poison ivy all over her body that will not go away after a kenalog shot and 2 days of prednisone which is making her sick & no sleep and facial swelling so dr said stop taking it but poison ivy still spreading?

My daughter has poison ivy all over her body that will not go away after a kenalog shot and 2 days of prednisone which is making her sick & no sleep and facial swelling so dr said stop taking it but poison ivy still spreading?

See a dermatologist: Are you sure it is poison ivy? You forgot to mention the dose or schedule of prednisone. Injecting kenalog works no better than prednisone oral. Exactly which prescriptions do you have for application? Poison ivy is not an infection and does not spread. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old son has poison ivy and severe swelling and pain on his penis. Is this normal and is there anything I can do besides prednisone?

My 7 yr old son has poison ivy and severe swelling and pain on his penis. Is this normal and is there anything I can do besides prednisone?

Maybe: This is very itchy and painful. The swelling and pain will start to go down within 24 hours with the prednisone. I find cool witch hazel soaks help to make it feel more comfortable. ...Read more

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What to do if I have poison ivy all over my face! Please help!?

What to do if I have poison ivy all over my face! Please help!?

Poison ivy: After removing your clothes and washing your face, you will need to be seen by urgent care or walk in clinic. You can then be evaluated and given a prescription for topical and oral anti-inflammatory agents, usually corticosteroids, that help control this disturbingly itchy rash. Also want to make sure that your eyes are not involved. Go to the doctor, rather than wait and let it get worse. ...Read more

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How do I get poison ivy on my face?

How do I get poison ivy on my face?

Your hands: You might have brushed against it with your face. Much more commonly you had the sap on your hands and then touched your face. ...Read more

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Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

It can: Some of the more worrisome cases I've treated have come when kids rubbed their eyes with contaminated fingers. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of poison ivy on your face?

How do you get rid of poison ivy on your face?

Cortisone cream: The rash is really a type of allergy. Hydrocortisone cream will help this to fade assuming that the rash is, in fact, from poison ivy. ...Read more