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Doctor insights on: Rashes That Look Like Poison Ivy

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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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


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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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Can poison ivy rash look like mosquito bites?

Can poison ivy rash look like mosquito bites?

Not usually: Poison ivy tends to involved a much large area of the skin than a mosquito bite. The blisters may not appear until 1 to 3 days later after contact. Mosquito bites look more like a wheal or hive, poison ivy more likely bumps and blisters. ...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?

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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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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What to do for poison ivy rashes?

What to do for poison ivy rashes?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) 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 you tell me if it's easier to get rashes once you've had poison ivy? I feel more sensitive.

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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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 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 (hydrocortisone) 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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Boyfriend has a rash that looks like poison ivy, but has not spread. It's the beginning of march, could it be poison ivy?

Boyfriend has a rash that looks like poison ivy, but has not spread. It's the beginning of march, could it be poison ivy?

Poison ivy: The rhus antigen found on the surface of the poison ivy leaf in susceptible individuals causes a contact dermatitis. The rash only occurs where there is sufficient skin contact. The rash does not spread to un-contacted skin, but may occur more quickly in thinner skin or areas of larger amounts of contact. Contact dermatitis rash lasts 10-14 days. Your boyfriend could indeed have poison ivy. ...Read more

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My husband has a rash that looks like poison ivy but it doesn't itch. He recently went deer hunting so it would make sense but still no itch!

My husband has a rash that looks like poison ivy but it doesn't itch. He recently went deer hunting so it would make sense but still no itch!

Need more info: Maybe you can send an image for us to review, or see your clinician to take a look. Your husband's wilderness exposure suggests something may be going on, but we would need an image to help sort things out. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My daughter has a streaky rash. It moves around all over her body. It looks like poison ivy, but doesn't itch. Often goes away within an hour.?

My daughter has a streaky rash.  It moves around all over her body. It looks like poison ivy, but doesn't itch. Often goes away within an hour.?

Dermographism: This sounds like dermographism. While its more common for dermographism to itch, in some people the itch is too minimal to notice. Can you make the rash appear by stroking the skin firmly with the edge of a popsicle stick? If so, it is probably dermographism, which is usually not serious. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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What looks like poison ivy rash but isnt?

What looks like poison ivy rash but isnt?

Contact allergy: Poison ivy is essentially an allergic reaction to a contact allergen- in this case, the resin from poison ivy. Thus any contact allergen can elicit similar skin reactions. ...Read more

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My husband had poison ivy. 8-10 days later...i have a rash. Could it be poison ivy?

My husband had poison ivy. 8-10 days later...i have a rash. Could it be poison ivy?

Could be: If you handled his clothes that may have been in contact with the plant, you could have poison ivy. The plant oil could also have been transferred from his skin to your. Consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/poison-ivy/basics/definition/CON-20025866 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How can I make the rash from poison ivy ooze less?

How can I make the rash from poison ivy ooze less?

Cool compresses: And soaking with warm water may cleanse the open blisters but only oral Prednisone will heal the lesions. Many physicians prescribe topical corticosteroids. Once the rash reaches the blistering, oozing stage these medications cannot effectively penetrate the injured skin. That's why one must use oral Prednisone at this point. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more