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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

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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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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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?

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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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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What's the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Leaf shape: The Ivy has a leaf shape more pointed like an arrow point.The poison oak has rounded lobed. Both have a palmate (palm like) shape with 3 leaflets originating from a central stem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Plants: The shape of the leaf is the only difference. Poison ivy is a smooth border. Poison oak is rugged and shaped like an oak leaf. Both plants have bracts of 3 leaves. Both cause blister like rashes to hands and skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Not much: Poison ivy and poison oak are both plants that can cause a contact dermatitis. The rash will look the same from both of these plants. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Poison ivy vs. oak: Poison ivy and oak are two different planst which have an oil whic causes an allergic rash. The characteristic rash you see is the result of your own body's response to the oil, not the particular plant. ...Read more