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Poison Oak On Leg
What to do if I have 5 days till spring break and I have poison ivy/oak all over my legs, how do I get it to go away?
See doctor: You will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. Be sure to clean out all items which might potentially been contaminated by poison oak or if you keep on getting new rashes. (shoes, floor mat, gear, clothing etc). Good luck. ...Read more
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
Rash still active?: If the skin is still blistery, draining, itchy, or red, it would be best to wait until it's healed. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
You can pad: The area with clean gauze. If the boots allow for it - consider wearing extra pairs of socks as padding. ...Read more
Recurring rash on thigh above knee, warm to touch. Bumpy and releases clear fluid when scratched. Spreads quickly. No contact with poison oak/ivy.?
The poison oak I have under my knee cap (I fell) is really dry as is the skin. Should I put my Lubriderm daily moisturizer or should I just leave it?
Used tecnu for poision oak on small area on back leg, gave me chemical burn what should I do to help it, already washarea. Left small red patch 2inches?
You could: Please see your dermatologist to get the correct treatment. It will heal quicker. ...Read more
Many treatments: Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are an allergic response to oils produced by these plants. If you suspect you have been exposed wash your skin well to remove the oil. If you discover the itchy red rash instead, you will need to treat the symptoms. Anti-tich measures : baking soda, diphendyramine, and avoid overheating. Hydrocoritsone cream and domeboro soaks help too. See your doctor if severe. ...Read more
Takes time: The blistering effect of poison oak or ivy produces a significant injury to the skin. It will take one to two weeks or more to fully disappear regardless of your treatment. Avoid scratching and use a mile steroid cream if desired, but this is not going to be gone over a few days. ...Read more
Hygiene important: One of the most important things is to keep the skin clean with 1-2 showers/day. Keep the fingernails short. For itch, an non-prescription med like loratidine (claritin) can help. If the areas involved are not head to toe, a cortisone cream can help. See what the local pharmacy has in the skin section for this. Talk with your doctor for additional pointers. Not fun, so hope it clears up soon! ...Read more
Poison Oak Rash: Typically an itching, red rash with bumps or blisters in a linear pattern or wherever the oil touched. The rash does not spread by the fluid from the blisters. Therefore, once a person has washed the oil completely off the skin, the rash is usually not contagious. ...Read more
Different yet same: The plants are different. Poison oak grows like a bush or a small shrub and poison ivy grows as a vine along the ground or up tree trunks. The reactions that people develop to these are the same. The sap of any of the plants in the rhus genus (poison ivy, oak and sumac are common but also mango, cashew and pistacchio) may cause a rash that can itch and blister 12-48 hours after contact. ...Read more
Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more
Avoidance: The best way to deal with it is avoid exposure. As soon as there is any exposure wash the area well to remove the oil. ...Read more
Soap up good/wash: Consider an encounter with poison oak like you got invisible pain on your skin. The rash only shows up where the paint touches. If you soap up good & wash off all the antigen from the plant, it will not spread. Use a cuticle brush to remove it from under your nails. It does not spread from blisters that drain. It can take weeks to dry/ clear. IVY Dry is an OTC product & doc can Rx some others. ...Read more
What is the best thing to do to get rid of poison oak, and do cold showers really help poison oak? I got poison oak while bucking hay a few days ago.
Depends on severity: Allergic contact dermatitis from "rhus" includes poison ivy, poison oak, etc. The acute treatment if severe may require oral steroids. If the skin rash is rather limited, topical steroids ointments may help. A thorough laundering and cleaning of clothes and anything else that may have come into contact is necessary. A cool shower may feel better, but removal of the plant resin is best. ...Read more
Poison oak treatment: Generally the treatment of topical. Cleaning the scan and using antimicrobial soap such as die was important to prevent infection. I would start with an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone ointment applied twice daily. If symptoms do not improve within 3 to 4 days are worse than I would seek medical help. ...Read more
Red bumps or lines->: Which may ooze some clear or slightly yellow fluid. I t probably looks the same as 'poison ivy'...Usually it occurs within a couple of days of being in the woods, garden etc. Ie., after touching it. See: http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-topic-overview and http://www. Riversideonline. Com/source/images/image_popup/ans7_poison_ivy. Jpg. ...Read more