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Doctor insights on: Poison Ivy Oak Sumac Complications

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How are reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac treated?

How are reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac treated?

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 used. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Can you suggest any remedies for poison ivy, oak, sumac?

Can you suggest any remedies for poison ivy, oak, sumac?

How bad is it?: If it is not severe calamine lotion may help. You can also buy an over the counter antihistamine to help with the itching. Make sure you wash any clothing or shoes that you were wearing when you got the poison ivy since they may still transmit it to you. If you are very uncomfortable i would see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to treat poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

What to do.: 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 /oak etc needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak, sumac fast?

Poison Ivies: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the Urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivies 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 can I get rid of poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

How can I get rid of poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

Allergic Dermatitis: If you are referring to getting rid of a rash caused by these plants then the proper treatment is topical corticosteroids for mild/moderate cases. For severe, generalized cases oral prednisone is the best option. ...Read more

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Why do some people say they aren't allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac? Are some people immune or just lucky?

Why do some people say they aren't allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac?  Are some people immune or just lucky?

Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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What will help treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

What will help treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

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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Can you tell me what can poison ivy, oak and sumac look like on your skin?

Can you tell me what can poison ivy, oak and sumac look like on your skin?

Red, itchy streaks: Skin contact with poison ivy can lead to a very itchy, red, blistering rash frequently in linear or streak patterns where the oleoresin contacted the skin. To read more about poison ivy, see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2014/04/the-3-points-of-poison-ivy/. ...Read more

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Why do people get poison ivy, oak and sumac really bad? It's different from person to person?

Why do people get poison ivy, oak and sumac really bad?  It's different from person to person?

Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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I have poison ivy oak and sumac when will it clear up? One week? Can I still wrestle or have to wait?

I have poison ivy oak and sumac when will it clear up?  One week?  Can I still wrestle or have to wait?

Poison Ivy: Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are plants that can cause a skin rash called allergic contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. The red, uncomfortable, and itchy rash often shows up in lines or streaks and is marked by fluid-filled bumps (blisters) or large raised areas (hives). It is the most common skin problem caused by contact with plants (plant dermatitis). Rash not contagious. ...Read more