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Doctor insights on: Poison Ivy Or Poison Oak In Children

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Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Sort of.: An ointment of equal parts poison ivy vine, prickly ash bark, and alfalfa seeds is supposed to be good for arthritis. I donít know if it works, and I suggest you don't try to find out; there are many safer alternatives. Poison ivy is also used in homeopathic treatments, which are supposed to stimulate the body's defenses. Of course, there are conflicting claims about whether homeopathy works. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak? What's the best cream?

What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak? What's the best cream?

Poison ivy: To stop the itch from poison ivy/oak, cold compresses to the rash plus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine. A high-potency steroid cream usually helps. Oftentimes, oral steroids are needed to control the itch and inflammation, courtesy of your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

Continuing exposure.: 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. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. ...Read more

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What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak. Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen?

What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak. Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen?

Get it seen by a doc: The problem in this scenario, is that without seeing what is going on with your leg, the process can be either a dermatologic reaction to the poison ivy or oak (then steroids are ok), or more seriously, a secondary bacterial infection causing cellulitis due to scratching the typically itchy rash caused by the plants (then antibiotics are needed). ...Read more

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I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?

I had either poison ivy or poison oak on my hands now the skin is really rough and peeling what should I do?

Contact dermatitis: Keep the area clean, use moisturizes, and OTC hydrocortisone cream 1%, twice a day, if it doesn't improve in few days see your doctor/dermatologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Hello Doc Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Hello Doc Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Depends: When I have a patient with significant swelling around the eyes or a problem body part, a shot of steroid would certainly help clear it faster and help the itching fade. In lesser cases, an oral steroid and topical treatment with a steroid or OTC product like IVY dry would help. If you just keep it clean and don't mess with it fading occurs within 2 wks. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Yes: Poison ivy (in eastern us), oak (in western us), sumac (in eastern us) are 3 species in the genus toxicodendron or rhus which all produce urushiol oil, the substance that in sensitive individuals produces contact dermatitis. Urushiol is very stable and can be blown on leaf particles into contact with the skin or carried on clothing for over a year so dermatitis can occur without plant contact. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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Poison oak/poison ivy, how to treat?

Poison oak/poison ivy, how to treat?

Continuing exposure.: 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. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. If the problem is not serious, topical hydrocortisone may help. For more severe problem, a Rx strength topical steroid and /or oral cortisone may b neede ...Read more

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Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Leaf shape: The Ivy has a leaf shape more pointed like an arrow point. The poison oak has rounded lobed. Both have a palmate (palm like) shape with 3 leaflets originating from a central stem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Plants: The shape of the leaf is the only difference. Poison ivy is a smooth border. Poison oak is rugged and shaped like an oak leaf. Both plants have bracts of 3 leaves. Both cause blister like rashes to hands and skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Not much: Poison ivy and poison oak are both plants that can cause a contact dermatitis. The rash will look the same from both of these plants. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Poison ivy vs. Oak: Poison ivy and oak are two different planst which have an oil whic causes an allergic rash. The characteristic rash you see is the result of your own body's response to the oil, not the particular plant. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Plant allergy: Poison ivy has leaves of 3 and smooth edges. Poison oak has leaves of 3 and has rough edges like an oak leaf. They both cause blister like rashes to skin. ...Read more

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Can poison oak and poison ivy get through long sleeves and pants?

Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

The plant involved: These are two different plants ; both produce the rheus antigen responsible for the identical contact dermatitis. The leaves of the plant are similar in appearance, with the p.Oak leaf remaining rounded at its edge where the p.Ivy leaf comes to a sharp point. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison ivy: There is very little difference in the reactions caused by poison ivy and poison oak. Both typically require 10 or more days of oral steroids followed by a steroid taper (a 13 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak is a reasonable choice). See your pcp for this. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any differences between poison oak and poison ivy?

Please let me know if there is any differences between poison oak and poison ivy?

Difference in leaf: The poison ivy is leaf is composed of three parts on the same level each the shape of an arrow head. See www. Poisoncontrol. Org on their plant section for a picture. If you flatten the sharp edges and make the leaves rounded like a pin oak you have the poison oak. The sumak is a long multipart fron that resembles more of a fern than a regular plant leaf, its small leaflets are similar ti the ivy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Recently exposed to poison oak or poison ivy?

What is the definition or description of: Recently exposed to poison oak or poison ivy?

Itchy blister rash: The oils of the rhus family of plants can cause contact dermatitis. Any areas of skin that touch the vines or leaves in a patient that has already developed allergy to poison ivy or poison oak. Itching may develop the next day and continue to progress to blisters. The pattern is usually in straight line as the vines touched the skin. Washing the skin with a strong soap as soon as you can after ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak? Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak? Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison oak or poison ivy?

Topica/oral steroids: Poison ivy and poison oak are types of allergic contact dermatitis, which usually will resolve spontaneously within 2 weeks. For milder cases, use of a topical corticosteroid is effective. More severe cases, especially when the disease affects that face, often require oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone. ...Read more

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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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Can this be used for poison oak and poison ivy in the vulva area?

Can this be used for poison oak and poison ivy in the vulva area?

Mild Cortisone: Use a mild cortisone over the counter cream for the vulva area. This skin is thinner here than other areas, so you just don't want to use a stronger prescription steroid in this sensitive area as it may thin the skin. You can try an over the counter antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) daily to help control itchiness. If this doesn't clear up within the week, you may need a visit with your physician. ...Read more

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Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Is the poison ivy / poison oak in the adirondacks or upstate new york?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Split question??: Your question can be interpreted several ways and other answers cover the basics. We often see the palm side of the hand or fingers not break out when the rest of the body or back of the hand will. Some suggest the thickened skin of the palm (or soles of the feet) is resistant to the chemical that triggers the rash. That has been my personal experience with pi. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between poison ivy, poison oak?

Same allergy: Both poison ivy and poison oak. Contain the same allergen which can cause contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals. The reaction and treatment are the same. ...Read more

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And which take the longest to go away poison ivy, poison oak, or sumac?

Poison ivy: They all all caused by essentially the same oil in the plant and thus they all heal in about the same time. ...Read more

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I have poison oak and poison ivy. Is the rash contagious to others and could it be spread on my body by scratching or simple contact?

I have poison oak and poison ivy. Is the rash contagious to others and could it be spread on my body by scratching or simple contact?

Not contagious: Usually poison ivy/oak is not contagious unless you still have the substance from the plant on you and then touch someone else. But just having the rash won't spread to someone else. Good health. ...Read more

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How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

Topical cortisol: Over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream may be sufficient, or your physician may give you a stronger topical glucocorticoid cream such as triamcinolone or a short course of oral glucocorticoids. This must be miserable -- good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac?

Difference in leaf: The poison ivy is leaf is composed of three parts on the same level each the shape of an arrow head. See www. Poisoncontrol. Org on their plant section for a picture. If you flatten the sharp edges and make the leaves rounded like a pin oak you have the poison oak. The sumak is a long multipart fron that resembles more of a fern than a regular plant leaf, its small leaflets are similar ti the ivy. ...Read more

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What is the diffrence between poison ivy poison oak and poison sumac? Can you be allergic to one and not the other?

What is the diffrence between poison ivy poison oak and poison sumac? Can you be allergic to one and not the other?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are members of the plant genus toxicodendron. Exposure (brushing on clothes and the skin) any of them causes a rash called allergic contact dermatitis.
Poison oak is most common west of the rockies, poison ivy to the east, and poison sumac in the southeast. ...Read more

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I have poison oak and poison ivy, im taking prescribed prednisone for it and now im breaking out in cold sores?

I have poison oak and poison ivy, im taking prescribed prednisone for it and now im breaking out in cold sores?

Cold sore flare up: Steroids are a double edged sword. If your rash was really that bad probably you needed the steroids, but now the immunosuppressive effect has allowed a different problem to arise. The cold sore virus, HSV-1, is always waiting to come out when the body is weak--through stress, other sickness (fever blisters) or medications. Hope u can wrap up the steroids soon. ...Read more

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Can triamcinolone acetonide be used for poison oak and poison ivy?

Yes: Any topical steroid cream can be used for any type of contact dermatitis. Poison oak and ivy, however, cause extremely potent reactions, that may not respond well to topical therapy, and need to be treated with steroids taken by mouth. If you're using the steroid cream twice daily and can tell that the rash is worsening or spreading, you need to see your physician. ...Read more