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Rash on leg that itches but doesn't look like poison ivy it feels like there are little insects running around when it gets itchy?

Rash on leg that itches but doesn't look like poison ivy it feels like there are little insects running around when it gets itchy?

See a dermatologist: Unless you have traveled someplace tropical the chances this is an insect infestation are low. However, until you have been examined "bugs" cannot be ruled out. I do recommend you be seen by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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What does a poison ivy or oak rash look like?

What does a poison ivy or oak rash look like?

Ooey, gooey, itchy: Blisters filled with yellow fluid on a very red base. When the blisters leak or break everything gets sticky. As they dry the whole thing gets crusty. See photo. ...Read more

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My husband had poison ivy but now 4 weeks later the rash is worse causing red lines that look like veins , he was told he has scabies but i don't have?

My husband had poison ivy but now 4 weeks later the rash is worse causing red lines  that look like veins , he was told he has scabies but i don't have?

Scabies: Should be seen by a dermatologist who would perform skin scrapings for true diagnosis. If this has already been done, then he should have been prescribed appropriate therapy. ...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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Can you tell me if it's easier to get rashes once you've had poison ivy? I feel more sensitive.

Yes: Poison ivy rashes are due to allergic contact dermatitis. You will have worse reactions with each encounter with poison ivy. You may also develop allergic reactions to other contact sensitizers such as nickel or certain common cosmetics. Use hypoallergenic lotions (e.g. Vanicream, Vaniply, CeraVe) and soap (Unscented Dove). Bothersome - see an allergist/immunologist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What to do for poison ivy rashes?

Benadryl: Benadryl, caladryl or calamine lotion, if it gets bad, you might need to go to doctor to get steroid injection and/ or Prednisone pills. ...Read more

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Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

Poison Ivy: Poison ivy rash is not contagious. Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil -- the sticky, resinlike substance that causes the rash -- has been left on your hands. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an anaphylactic reaction from poison ivy or just rashes?

No anaphylaxis: The reaction (rash) that one gets from exposure to poison ivy is mediated by t cells, not immunoglobulin e (ige). Ige is the antibody that mediates anaphylactic reactions. Therefore, an anaphylactic reaction to poison ivy is very unlikely. ...Read more

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What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone cream for poison ivy rashes?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams are often prescribed. The worst forms, especially involving large areas of skin, need oral steroids. ...Read more

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Skin Rash (Definition)

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


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Toxicodendron Dermatitis (Definition)

Toxicodendron dermatitis is an allergic rash caused by contact with an oil that is found in several plants, including poison ...Read more


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