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Doctor insights on: What Is The Best Treatment For Previously Exposed To Poison Oak Or Poison Ivy

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What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak? What's the best cream?

What is the best way to stop the itching from poison ivy or poison oak?  What's the best cream?

Poison ivy: To stop the itch from poison ivy/oak, cold compresses to the rash plus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine. A high-potency steroid cream usually helps. Oftentimes, oral steroids are needed to control the itch and inflammation, courtesy of your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hello Doc Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Hello Doc 
Got poison ivy or poison oak on my arms what's the best way to get it cleared up? Or is there a shot?

Depends: When I have a patient with significant swelling around the eyes or a problem body part, a shot of steroid would certainly help clear it faster and help the itching fade. In lesser cases, an oral steroid and topical treatment with a steroid or OTC product like IVY dry would help. If you just keep it clean and don't mess with it fading occurs within 2 wks. ...Read more

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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Recently exposed to poison oak or poison ivy?

What is the definition or description of: Recently exposed to poison oak or poison ivy?

Itchy blister rash: The oils of the rhus family of plants can cause contact dermatitis. Any areas of skin that touch the vines or leaves in a patient that has already developed allergy to poison ivy or poison oak. Itching may develop the next day and continue to progress to blisters. The pattern is usually in straight line as the vines touched the skin. Washing the skin with a strong soap as soon as you can after ...Read more

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Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

Split question??: Your question can be interpreted several ways and other answers cover the basics. We often see the palm side of the hand or fingers not break out when the rest of the body or back of the hand will. Some suggest the thickened skin of the palm (or soles of the feet) is resistant to the chemical that triggers the rash. That has been my personal experience with pi. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of poison oak or poison ivy?

How can I get rid of poison oak or poison ivy?

Topica/oral steroids: Poison ivy and poison oak are types of allergic contact dermatitis, which usually will resolve spontaneously within 2 weeks. For milder cases, use of a topical corticosteroid is effective. More severe cases, especially when the disease affects that face, often require oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Yes: Poison ivy (in eastern us), oak (in western us), sumac (in eastern us) are 3 species in the genus toxicodendron or rhus which all produce urushiol oil, the substance that in sensitive individuals produces contact dermatitis. Urushiol is very stable and can be blown on leaf particles into contact with the skin or carried on clothing for over a year so dermatitis can occur without plant contact. ...Read more

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What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good for poison ivy and poison oak?

Steroids: These reactions represent a contact allergy, and can be quite severe. The affected area needs to be washed thoroughly, and topical steroid creams can be applied. You can start with 1% Hydrocortisone from the drug store, but a more potent prescription cream will probably be necessary. In severe cases, oral Prednisone my be required. ...Read more

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Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Does the poison ivy and poison oak look identical?

Yes: Both are due to contact allergy to oils/ sap from the plants. The rashes are identical. ...Read more

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Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Are there medicinal uses for poison ivy or poison oak?

Sort of.: An ointment of equal parts poison ivy vine, prickly ash bark, and alfalfa seeds is supposed to be good for arthritis. I donĂ­t know if it works, and i suggest you don't try to find out; there are many safer alternatives. Poison ivy is also used in homeopathic treatments, which are supposed to stimulate the body's defenses. Of course, there are conflicting claims about whether homeopathy works. ...Read more