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Poison Oak Eye
Avoidance is best: The best approach is avoidance. If the rash is mild and localized over the counter steroid creams and antihistamines may be sufficient. More severe symptoms require a visit to the doctor for stronger steroid creams and possibly oral steroids. Antihistamines can help the itch. Expect it to take at least 2 weeks to clear. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes as long as...: He hasn't come into contact with any urushiol. You can spread the rash only if you have urushiol on your hands. Also, it can take longer for the rash to appear on certain areas of the body, especially areas such as the soles of the feet where the skin is thicker. This may give the appearance that the rash has spread from one part of the body to another. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Poison oak: If you have a moderate to severe rash, you may need to see your doctor. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills. These medicines may help improve or clear up the rash more quickly. Prescription corticosteroid creams, ointments, gels, or shots may also be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have poison oak on my upper thigh, what clothes can I wear so that it doesn't rub against my thigh?
Loose clothes: Any loose clothing is fine. You should be taking a steroid cream. Make sure you wash the clothes you were wearing when you contacted the poison oak as the clothes may be contaminated with the resin from the poison ivy plant and you can get more symptoms from re-exposure to the resin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I put poison oak on my penis to make it bigger and was wondering when is the swelling going to go down?
Dermatitis: The swelling and itching will eventually go away. ...Read more
I have poison oak all over my arms. Whats the best thing for it and how long does it usually take to go away?
Poison oak: Wash the affected areas with soap & water to remove as much of the irritating oil (urushiol) as possible; pat dry. Topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or light application of steroid (cortisone is otc) may help itching & rash. For sever reaction, see doc for either steroid injection or rx for Medrol dose pak (steroid which is tapered down over several days). Avoid scratching as that may spread oil. ...Read more
My daughter has a rash from poison oak. Someone told her to scratch it and put bleach on it. She did and now she feels sick .
Hi I have poison oak rashes under my kneecap and around that area. I was just wondering when you know it is starting to heal.
You left out too muc: Where do you live? Are you sure of the cause of this? "Poison Oak" is in western US. The rash is an allergic reaction. It would be unusual for it to be confined to the area described and unusual to be the same on both sides. Eczema is common behind the knees. The duration depends on the diagnosis, 4 weeks after contact with a plant, much longer if eczema. Both respond to prescription cortisones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wife has a poison oak rash from approximately 1 week ago. No over the counter medication is working. Rash is hot to the touch has extreme pain ?
See your doctor: if the rash isn't getting better, or is hot, painful or very red, it may need stronger mess. It may be infected, in which case you may need an antibiotic. Or you may have a severe allergic reaction to the poison oak, and might benefit from a steroid. You need to see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more