rashes that look like poison ivy

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Dr. Norman Levine answered:

What does my dad have, poison ivy, poison sumac, or poison oak rash? Or, do the rashes all look identical?

Poison ivy

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The rash of poison ivy,poison oak and poison sumac are identical
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Dr. Marianna Post answered:

what to do for poison ivy rashes?

Benadryl

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Benadryl, caladryl or calamine lotion, if it gets bad, you might need to go to doctor to get steroid injection and/ or prednisone pills
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How to remove poison ivy rashes, fast?

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if it is severe you doctor can prescribe prednisone by mouth in addition to oral antihistamine
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Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

It can

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Some of the more worrisome cases I've treated have come when kids rubbed their eyes with contaminated fingers.
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How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

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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!
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Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

Poison Ivy

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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.
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Dr. Gary Moss answered:

Can doctors tell me what does sweating do to poison ivy rashes?

Itch

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probably makes them itch more, but that is about it.
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Dr. Lee M. Perry answered:

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

No anaphylaxis

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

Poison ivy

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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.
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Dr. Linda D. Green answered:

Which treatment is the fastest/most efficient for curing rashes due to poison ivy?

Steroid cream

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For mild cases of poison ivy over small areas, an over the counter hydrocortisone cream and Benadryl or Zyrtec for itching is usually sufficient. For more severe episodes of poison ivy it may be necessary to get a prescription for a stronger steroid cream or for prednisone. Avoidance is key. Learn what poison ivy looks like.
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