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Doctor insights on: Poison Sumac

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Why do people get poison sumac real bad?

Why do people get poison sumac real bad?

Rhus dermatitis: Reaction to the toxic oil, can stay on clothing up to 10 years if not washed in hot water. ...Read more

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Treating Poison Ivy & Poison Oak (Checklist)

Use an anti-itch spray or lotion with pramoxine, if approved by doctor
2x day
Use a hydrocortisone spray or lotion, if approved by the doctor
2x day
Clean clothes, cars, or furniture with poison oak or ivy sap on them
Once
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What are ways to help "cure" poison sumac?

No cure, get treated: (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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How do you identify poison sumac out in the wild?

How do you identify poison sumac out in the wild?

Not easily!: Poison sumac is not very common. It grows only in very wet areas. Identification is not easy. The leaves are smooth not jagged or hairy and there are 7-9 leaves per stem. ...Read more

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What symptoms after coming into contact with poison sumac?

Poison sumac: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy or poison sumac rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more

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I have poison sumac on my private parts?

I have poison sumac on my private parts?

See your doctor: Because the area is so sensitive, you should start taking some benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Zyrtec. But unless it's very mild, see your doctor and ask about getting some prednisone. Prednisone is an antiinflammatory steroid that will help shorten the course of your illness. Topical steroid creams might be irritating on the area where you have the rash. ...Read more

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Does poison sumac itch more when it's healing?

Does poison sumac itch more when it's healing?

It may: The itch can be unbearable I know! There are lots of things going on in the skin during the cleanup process involved with healing after an inflammatory assault. An orchestrated soup of our biochemical mediators are working hard restoring your skin back to the way it was. ...Read more

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What are the differences between poison sumac and pokeweed?

Not even close: Poison Sumac can cause a rash (contact dermatitis) in sensitive people. Look at pictures http://www.poison-sumac.org/ Pokeweed is more common and doesn't cause a rash. It has purple berries that will stain your skin.It is toxic to animals and people when eaten But, some people will eat the leaves on a salad when prepared right. Look at pictures http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_americana ...Read more

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How is allergy to poison sumac diagnosed?

How is allergy to poison sumac diagnosed?

Poison ivy: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for allergy to poison sumac?

What increases my risk for allergy to poison sumac?

Not much: Poison sumac is an allergic contact dermatitis. Avoidance is the key so one does not get the rash. Repeated exposure to poison sumac, or any contact allergen, will increase ones sensitivity. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison sumac?

Can't: It has to run its course, however topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or cortizone cream may reduce reddness and symptoms. Oral steroids may be required for larger or more severe outbreaks, possibly along with antihistamine & h2 blocker to reduce symptoms. You've got it for about two weeks. Sorry! ...Read more

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