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Poison Ivy On Eyelid
Poison ivy on my left eyelids. Topical or oral steroids? Got a shot and 13 day prescription, tapering 60 to 10 mg (Prednisone)
Depends on risk: We can't give specifics in this forum. Poison ivy is contact dermatitis; peaks around 3-5 days after exposure, lasts 14-21d. Assuming "shot" is systemic steroids; some last 3 wks, others days. Must weigh risks of steroids, systemic (oral+shot) vs. topical (HTN, diabetes, GERD, osteopenia, AVN, glaucoma, cataracts, etc), which include current health status, timing, duration, potency, frequency, etc ...Read more
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
Swelling: The eyelid would be swollen with possible blisters and itchy. Wash the area to remove the allergen and see a doctor for proper treatment. An eye doctor or opthamologist would be appropriate. ...Read more
My 7 year old son has what looks to be poison ivy really close to his eye. What can I put on it to dry it up?
Maybe: Topicals tricky around the eye, so if bad enogh, shot better choic. ...Read more
Steroids: Once the oils are off of your skin and clothes (by showering and washing clothes in hot water), poison ivy is not contagious. It is very irritation however because of what is called a type 4 immune response. The best way to stop that response is to use some steroids like prednisone. Any urgent care or clinic should be able to prescribe this for you. ...Read more
Not serious: A swollen lid from poison ivy is, in general, uncomfortable but not serious. You need to see your ophthalmologist to ensure is it not infected, and to potentially prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help the episode resolve faster, or antibiotics if there is suspicion of infection. ...Read more
I had poison ivy on my eye it has calmed down in the past couple days but not I have an extra wrinkle on my top eyelid will this go away?
My eye is very irritated. I thought I had a bug bite right next to my lower right lid. The bumps do not look like poison ivy, what should I do?
See eye doc: There is no way to tell what the cause may be. If artificial tear does not help. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
I have poison ivy on my face, which has caused my eye to swell and vision to blur slightly, is the vision loss temporary?
I have poison ivy in my eye how soon should I see a doctor?
And can I go blind and if so can it. R permanent ot temporary
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
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 details: You cannot get it inside your eye or brain. If you eat it, I assume that it could affect your stomach, but I doubt it. ...Read more
I've been getting fever blisters once a year or so on lip could I all of a sudden get one on eyelid or get poison ivy feels like little bump on eye?
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
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 the best thing is to recognize these plants and avoid them. ...Read more
Not recommended: Since poison ivy is highly sensitizing, I would not advise it. You will likely tolerate the first exposure but may become allergic to it later. At one time, poison ivy resin drop was used to desensitize patients with poison ivy dermatitis and apparently was well tolerated in small doses. Most people become allergic to poison ivy/oak through skin contact. Is this a dare with money on the table? ...Read more
Bad to worse: Most people develop allergic contact dermatitis to the waxy oil of urushiol that makes up much of the plant resin. It is a delayed-type hypersensitivity that can vary somewhat based on the type/degree of exposure and how allergic the patient is. Over time, lesions can go from dry and red, too bumpy to huge water blisters (bullae) before they crust over and clear up. The lesions are not contagious. ...Read more