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Poison Oak And Poison Ivy Difference
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more
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
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, 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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?
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
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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