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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What does a poison sumac rash look like on the body?

What does a poison sumac rash look like on the body?

Red areas: Irregular red plaques in areas of exposure with vesiculization. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
2,632 doctors shared insights

Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. James Seward Dr. Seward
Dermatology
18 years in practice
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What is the best medicine for poison sumac rash the rash is on my right arm

What is the best medicine for poison sumac rash the rash is on my right arm

Typically : Typically i recommend a steroid gel. Some patients are so inflamed, they need Prednisone or a kenalog (triamcinolone) (steroid) shot. Read more about poison ivy/oak, etc. And treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Engrav Dr. Engrav
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
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What is the best medicine for poison sumac rash? Rash is on my right arm and spreading

What is the best medicine for poison sumac rash? Rash is on my right arm and spreading

Treatment : Treatment for allergic dermatitis caused by poison sumac is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other antihistamines such as vistaril, steroids such as prednisone, and histamine-blocking medications such as tagamet. If you have worsening rash, any shortness of breath, or feel light-headed then you would have to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I have poison sumac on my face. Are the correct steps to put neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) on the rash and bandage it?

I have poison sumac on my face. Are the correct steps to put neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) on the rash and bandage it?

No : Poison sumac is a contact/allergic dermatitis. Best to use cortisone cream, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth, and leave it open. Bandaging it will increase local heat which will increase itchiness. Be sure it is sumac by consulting your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Rudolph Johnstone Dr. Johnstone
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
31 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Dr. Thomas Josa Dr. Josa
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
35 years in practice
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Luis Matos Dr. Matos
Integrative Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Keith Leap Dr. Leap
Emergency Medicine
24 years in practice
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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

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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How long does poison sumac usually last?

About 2 wks: Without oral / topical steroids, most cases of poison ivy / sumac will last for about two weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Riney Dr. Riney
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. John Ebner Dr. Ebner
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Ally-Khan Somani Dr. Somani
Dermatology
15 years in practice
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Where can I find information about poison sumac and aok?

Wikipedia: The articles in wikipedia are very well written and referenced. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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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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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me of a homeopathic cure for poison sumac?

Multiple possible: There are multiple homeopathic remedies which might help, depending on your most prominent symptoms. For instance, anacardium or rhus tox may help if the rash itches intensely and improves with very hot water. If it's worse from heat and there's lots of swelling, apis may be best. If there are thick crusts with moisture and oozing, maybe graphites. See a homeopath to differentiate yours! ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

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