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What Does A Poison Oak Rash Usually Look Like
Streaks of blisters: Poison ivy, oak, and sumac are plants that contain an oil (urushiol) which can cause a rash called allergic contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. The rash appears as itchy blisters (fluid filled bumps) or hives distributed classically in lines or streaks where the plant brushed against the skin. The rash usually appears 1-2 days from contact, but can occur up to 2 weeks after exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I have poison oak rashes under my kneecap and around that area. I was just wondering when you know it is starting to heal.
You left out too muc: Where do you live? Are you sure of the cause of this? "Poison Oak" is in western US. The rash is an allergic reaction. It would be unusual for it to be confined to the area described and unusual to be the same on both sides. Eczema is common behind the knees. The duration depends on the diagnosis, 4 weeks after contact with a plant, much longer if eczema. Both respond to prescription cortisones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wife has a poison oak rash from approximately 1 week ago. No over the counter medication is working. Rash is hot to the touch has extreme pain ?
See your doctor: if the rash isn't getting better, or is hot, painful or very red, it may need stronger mess. It may be infected, in which case you may need an antibiotic. Or you may have a severe allergic reaction to the poison oak, and might benefit from a steroid. You need to see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more
Hi, I just applied topicort (0.05%) to a poison oak rash on my arms. How long until I can safely breastfeed my baby?
Stays on skin: You can breastfeed your baby right away as long as your rash does not come in contact with the baby. The poison oak toxin sticks tenaciously to your skin, and the most important thing is to remove it so you don't spread the rash by direct contact with your baby. Scrub your affected skin with "Tecnu" or other soap designed to remove poison oak from your skin. Don't let the rash touch the baby. ...Read more
Wash off resin first: You should wash off the plant resin first. Get a soap called Tecnu and wash off the resin. You have to use it immediately after exposure (within the 1st hour) before the resin absorbs into your skin. That will minimize the amount of resin that you react to. Once the rash is entrenched then you have to use steroid creams (hydrocortisone) or a steroid pill from your doctor (Prednisone or Medrol) ...Read more