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Doctor insights on: Poison Ivy Treatments Medication

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Best treatment for poison ivy?

Best treatment for poison ivy?

Steroids (cortisone): Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants. The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc..., so thorough cleaning is needed. Treatment is with steroid creams in mild cases but oral steroids in moderate or severe cases. Oral antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help decrease itching. A doctor can prescribe steroids if needed. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment of poison ivy?

What is the best treatment of poison ivy?

Anti itch: Hydrocortisone 1% available otc can be used to decrease the itch. Sometimes, a sedating anti histamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can also make the itching less pronounced. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for poison ivy rash?

What is the treatment for poison ivy rash?

Poison Ivy: If the rash is widespread or results in a large number of blisters, your doctor may prescribe an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone, for poison ivy treatment. If a bacterial infection has developed at the rash site, your doctor will likely give you a prescription for an oral antibiotic. Prescription topical steroids are also helpful. ...Read more

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Will insurance cover treatment for poison ivy? Does insurance cover treatment for poison ivy symptoms? .

Will insurance cover treatment for poison ivy? Does insurance cover treatment for poison ivy symptoms? .

Depends: With so many health insurance plans, it will really depend on a person's individual health plan coverage. In general, there is no reason evaluation and treatment for poison ivy should not be covered. It is an allergic contact dermatitis and sometimes requires prescription medication treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for poison ivy on eyelids?

1% steroid cream: Be sure of the diagnosis. I have seen multiple cases of herpes zoster (shingles) fool the patient. Steroid cream use is best monitored by your eyecare doc. Also, keep area clean. ...Read more

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I think I have poison ivy on my penis, what's the best treatment for it?

I think I have poison ivy on my penis, what's the best treatment for it?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Which treatment is the fastest/most efficient for curing rashes due to poison ivy?

Steroid cream: For mild cases of poison ivy over small areas, an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec for itching is usually sufficient. For more severe episodes of poison ivy it may be necessary to get a prescription for a stronger steroid cream or for prednisone. Avoidance is key. Learn what poison ivy looks like. ...Read more

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How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

Poison Ivy is bad: Poison ivy can be treated with I.M. Kenalog, but I prefer a course of oral prednisone because it does not supress the adrenal gland as long as a Kenalog injection and can be stopped when the rash is gone. ...Read more

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What does my dad have, poison ivy, poison sumac, or does it really matter? Is the treatment the same?

What does my dad have, poison ivy, poison sumac, or does it really matter? Is the treatment the same?

Same treatment: (toxicodendron dermatitis) aka: poison ivy/oak/sumac causes an itchy blistering reaction of varying degrees in almost everyone who contacts it and fails to wash it off immediately. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended because oral steroids for about 3 weeks in a tapering course will dramatically improve this condition in a few days. Topical soaks to dry the blisters is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is post-inflammatory hypopigmentation common after poison ivy rash? Permanent? If not, how long to go away? Any cosmetic treatment options?

Is post-inflammatory hypopigmentation common after poison ivy rash? Permanent? If not, how long to go away? Any cosmetic treatment options?

Possible: Especially if you had scratched the area heavily. I would give it at least 3 months to see if the pigment would return before doing anything about it since the chances for repigmentation is quite good. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rebound symptoms after steroid treatment (IM Kenalog shot) for severe reaction to poison ivy & after initial rash has cleared?

Is it possible to have rebound symptoms after steroid treatment (IM Kenalog shot) for severe reaction to poison ivy & after initial rash has cleared?

Unclear as: To what you mean by "rebound" Can you get the rash back after initial improvement....DEFINITELY In fact many Physicians write for or administer TWO courses of treatment ROUTINELY

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Treatment for poison ivy on penis. Is steroid cream ok to use?

Treatment for poison ivy on penis. Is steroid cream ok to use?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis, caused by ivy and certain other plants, like sumac and mango. If you are allergic to these plants, even tiny bits of the sap will cause a terribly itchy rash that can last up to two weeks. The rash will occur where ever the sap touches your skin, including getting sap from your hands onto your penis, when you urinate. It can be treated with cortisone. ...Read more

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I've been taking prednisone for 5 days out of a 12 day treatment for poison ivy. Could this cause a blood clot?

I've been taking prednisone for 5 days out of a 12 day treatment for poison ivy. Could this cause a blood clot?

Prednisone: Prednisone is routinely given for many inflammatory conditions. Usual duration for most acute conditions is 1-2 weeks. While Prednisone used long term (months-years) may cause many undesired side effects, there is a very low likelihood of getting a blood clot in the time span you are using it for unless you have underlying pathology or significant risk factors predisposing to blood clots. ...Read more

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What medications help treat poison ivy?

What medications help treat poison ivy?

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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Are over-the-counter poison ivy medications helpful for shingles?

Are over-the-counter poison ivy medications helpful for shingles?

Not Very: Shingles pain is caused by the internal irritation of nerves. Poison Ivy pain is a skin irritation. ...Read more

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Will poison ivy, oak and sumak run its course without medication?

Will poison ivy, oak and sumak run its course without medication?

Possibly: Rhus dermatitis (poison ivy, etc.) will resolve spontaneously. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with the itching. Lotions such as calamine, or over the counter Hydrocortisone may also benefit. If you have a severe case you may benefit from prednisone. However, make sure your doctor puts you on a prolonged course of at least two weeks as it is common to experience rebound flares with shorter courses. ...Read more

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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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I'm on prednisone and hydroxyzine pamoate for poison ivy on my face. Would it be alright to use cannabis while on these medications?

I'm on prednisone and hydroxyzine pamoate for poison ivy on my face. Would it be alright to use cannabis while on these medications?

Cannabis: Given the multiple drug interactions it is not recommended that you use cannabis during this time. Hope that helps. ...Read more