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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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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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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I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

I have a poison ivy rash help me please?

Cold compresses: Confirm poison ivy:touch a plant? Touch something that had the plants oil? Nearby when poison ivy brush was being burned. Rash: itches, may blister, last 1-3 wks. Avoid itching, cool wraps/cloths to area, hydrocortisone/calamine to soothe, if blistering try burrows solution or products with aluminum acetate. See doc if:severe rash, involves face/genitals, swelling, worse at 2-3wks, infection. ...Read more

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Is it better to keep a poison ivy rash covered if in weepy stage or left open to "air out." If covered, what type of dressing should be used?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/poison-ivy/basics/definition/CON-20025866 ...Read more

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How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

How do you treat a poison ivy rash?

Corticosteroids: Poison ivy can often be treated with topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone. In more severe cases, oral or injectable corticosteroids are needed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a poison ivy rash?

What are the symptoms of a poison ivy rash?

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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Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Can I spread a poison ivy rash by scratching?

Poison ivy: You cannot spread poison ivy rash by scratching. Poison ivy is a haptin meaning a small molecule. It must bind skin tissue to form an allergic reaction. Once it binds to skin, poison ivy does not come off so it can not be transferred to you or another person. Poison ivy rash is contracted by contact with the oil, urushiol. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to start?

4hrs to 3d: From direct exposure usually it starts 4 hrs to 3 days. It will peak between 1-2 weeks and new lesions may appear up to 21 days. ...Read more

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What is the best way to apply bleach on a poison ivy rash?

Don't do that: You shouldn't apply bleach over the inflamed skin area due to poison ivy contact dermatitis. Bleach is an irritant and would make your skin more inflamed. Wash your skin throughly with water to rinse the resin off. You can apply an otc topical corticosteroid on the area. If it does not work, your doctor can start you on a short course of oral steroid to make it heal faster. ...Read more

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How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected or needs to be treated?

How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected or needs to be treated?

Pus formation: Severe, extensive poison ivy rash could benefit from treatment. If there are any areas with pus formation that would indicate infection and you should seek care. ...Read more

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What can be used to get rid of a poison ivy rash?

What can be used to get rid of a poison ivy rash?

Steroids: You should see your dermatologist for treatment. Your dermatologist can give you the correct steroids. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to develop and start itching?

How long does it take for a poison ivy rash to develop and start itching?

Usually a day or so: The chemical in the poison ivy plant that causes the problem in many people usually takes a day or two before it fully erupts. Often, people feel something is a little different for a day or two before the itch and rash starts. Once there, it takes about 7-10 days to run its course. New blisters will appear and finally crust over. The rash is not contagious! The source is-clothes, gloves, etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a poison ivy rash to weep clear, slightly yellow fluid? What is the fluid made of? How long does the weeping stage usually last?

Is it normal for a poison ivy rash to weep clear, slightly yellow fluid? What is the fluid made of? How long does the weeping stage usually last?

Yes, that is quite: Common. The fluid, called serous fluid, is the fluid that results from inflammation of the layers of the skin. It is not an indication of infection, as patients sometimes think. This usually lasts anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks if untreated. I would recommend seeing your doctor, who may be able to prescribe a topical or oral steroid to speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if a poison ivy rash is healing or not?

Blisters resolved: Most people initially get swelling or itching at the place of contact within hours then in the next weeks (1-3 weeks) they may have blister forming that then resolves. If you have poison ivy but you may have scratched it because of the intense itching, you may now have a skin infection and no longer poison ivy. ...Read more

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How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

How long would a pt have to have a poison ivy rash or how severe would it have to be for the Dr to suggest Kenalog injection as treatment?

Poison Ivy is bad: Poison ivy can be treated with I.M. Kenalog, but I prefer a course of oral prednisone because it does not supress the adrenal gland as long as a Kenalog injection and can be stopped when the rash is gone. ...Read more

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How long does it take for prednisone to work on a poison ivy rash? Contact made with plant 5.5 days ago. Starting taking prednisone 3 days ago.

How long does it take for prednisone to work on a poison ivy rash? Contact made with plant 5.5 days ago. Starting taking prednisone 3 days ago.

Mgt: The steroid effect depends on the underlying problem and extent of the inflammation. The steroids will start to be more effective after a few doses. At day 3, you should experience improvement if you are responding to the medication. ...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