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My face is swollen and i've had poison ivy for about a month could my face be that way cause I've had 6 steroid shots?

My face is swollen and i've had poison ivy for about a month could my face be that way cause I've had 6 steroid shots?

Repeated contact: If this is indeed from poison ivy, then it is from repeated exposure. Have you washed off all items which might have been exposed to poison ivy over a month ago? Car seats, floor mats, shoes, tools, clothing, walking stick, hat etc. The resin of poison oak remains allergenic for at least a year and dish detergent is the answer. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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My bf had poison ivy. He had a cut on his knee and the poison Ivey went awy everywhere but there. Nowit's all swollen and red on the knee where cut is?

See doctor: since he may need a potent topical steroid and/or an antibiotic. In the meanwhile, be sure to wash out everything he wore, touched, or stepped on especially on the day when he contacted poison ivy (which may be 2-3 days before the rash developed) with dish soap and water to get rid of the resins. ...Read more

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I have what seems to be poison ivy/oak on the back of my leg. Now the whole area has gotten swollen and extremely weepy. What's to be done?

I have what seems to be poison ivy/oak on the back of my leg. Now the whole area has gotten swollen and extremely weepy. What's to be done?

OTC vs prescription: You can try some otc products such as calamide lotion which can help drying it out and reduces itching. Caladryl may do same. Hydrocortisone may help a bit, but this is quite weak. Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help with itching as well. If these don't help, u may need to see doc for stronger meds via prescriptions. Good luck. ...Read more

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If my eye is swollen shut from poison ivy how serious is it and what should I do?

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

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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 have poison ivy on the palm and side of some of my fingers. Skin is red swollen and real dry feeling. What do I do??

I have poison ivy on the palm and side of some of my fingers. Skin is red swollen and real dry feeling. What do I do??

Ice, antihistamines: Treat with ice/cold compresses, take oral anthistamines to help with swelling and itch, and use hydrocortisone cream to hep with itch as well. ...Read more

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The other day I had a few clear in color blisters on the side of my penis. It kind of looked liked poison ivy maybe. I squeezed them and woke up the next day with the skin extremely swollen and is now very itchy. It has been three days now. I have tried

The other day I had a few clear in color blisters on the side of my penis. It kind of looked liked poison ivy maybe. I squeezed them and woke up the next day with the skin  extremely swollen and is now very itchy.  It has been three days now. I have tried

Contact dermatitis: Poison ivy can get on your penis if you touch a plant and then your privates. If you did that, about 2-3 days later, it would do exactly what you describe, and the itching normally lasts about 3 weeks. The itching is normally quite severe, so it would be best if you saw your doctor and got prescription medication and made sure the diagnosis is correct. Rashes have to be seen to be diagnosed. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Swollen Face (Definition)

Facial swelling is the build-up of fluid in the tissues of the face. Swelling may ...Read more