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Is poison ivy contagious?

Is poison ivy contagious?

No: Poison ivy lesions are not contagious. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned. This includes skin, clothes, shoes, gear etc. Touching urushiol can cause spread. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

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 more

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Cures for poison ivy and oak?

Cures for poison ivy and oak?

See below: mild cases can probably be treated with a steroid cream. severe cases usually require oral steroids. ...Read more

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Poison oak/poison ivy, how to treat?

Poison oak/poison ivy, how to treat?

Continuing exposure.: The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. If the problem is not serious, topical hydrocortisone may help. For more severe problem , a Rx strength topical steroid and /or oral cortisone may b neede ...Read more

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Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more

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How to treat poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

What to do.: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy /oak etc needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. ...Read more

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How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

Similar: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can all cause allergic contact dermatitis. Since the rashes will all look the same, to determine which rhus plant it was, it will mean taking a walk and trying to identify the specific plant. Look but don't touch! ...Read more

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Can triamcinolone acetonide be used for poison oak and poison ivy?

Can triamcinolone acetonide be used for poison oak and poison ivy?

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 more

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Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

It can: Some of the more worrisome cases i've treated have come when kids rubbed their eyes with contaminated fingers. ...Read more

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Will hot water agitate a poison ivy / oak rash?

Will hot water agitate a poison ivy / oak rash?

Hot water no help : Poison ivy is a contact dermatitis that takes 10 - 14 days to clear. Hot water will cause the superficial blood vessels in the skin to dialate making the area redder and if hot enough briefly numb nerve endings. It will not in anyway improve or shorten the natural course of poison ivy. The only treatment that partly helps is oral or injectable steroids, but side effects can be significant. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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How long can poison ivy spread?

How long can poison ivy spread?

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's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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How long is poison ivy contagious?

It is not contagious: But if you spread the urushiol - it will spread the poison ivy. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.). ...Read more

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How can I treat poison ivy/ poison oak on my penis?

Topical cortisol: Over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream may be sufficient, or your physician may give you a stronger topical glucocorticoid cream such as triamcinolone or a short course of oral glucocorticoids. This must be miserable -- good luck. ...Read more

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