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Poison Ivy Treatments Medication
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Is post-inflammatory hypopigmentation common after poison ivy rash? Permanent? If not, how long to go away? Any cosmetic treatment options?
Is it possible to have rebound symptoms after steroid treatment (IM Kenalog shot) for severe reaction to poison ivy & after initial rash has cleared?
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
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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
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
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
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