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Poison oak, any suggestions--baking soda paste?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Many treatments
Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are an allergic response to oils produced by these plants.
If you suspect you have been exposed wash your skin well to remove the oil. If you discover the itchy red rash instead, you will need to treat the symptoms. Anti-tich measures : baking soda, diphendyramine, and avoid overheating. Hydrocoritsone cream and domeboro soaks help too. See your doctor if severe.

In brief: Many treatments
Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes are an allergic response to oils produced by these plants.
If you suspect you have been exposed wash your skin well to remove the oil. If you discover the itchy red rash instead, you will need to treat the symptoms. Anti-tich measures : baking soda, diphendyramine, and avoid overheating. Hydrocoritsone cream and domeboro soaks help too. See your doctor if severe.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Steroids
Technically not an allergy but a contact dermatitis, poison ivy, oak and sumak can be a misery.
If widespread, see your doctor right away and save yourself the grief of otc treatments not being effective enough. Even if not widespread, if you aren't getting adequate relief, see you doctor for a prescription for a steroid cream for much quicker relief.

In brief: Steroids
Technically not an allergy but a contact dermatitis, poison ivy, oak and sumak can be a misery.
If widespread, see your doctor right away and save yourself the grief of otc treatments not being effective enough. Even if not widespread, if you aren't getting adequate relief, see you doctor for a prescription for a steroid cream for much quicker relief.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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2 comments
Dr. Bac Nguyen
at times, oral steroid is needed...it is a pain apply steroid or any other cream all over the body..calamine lotion may help drying out and relieve some itching..oral benadryl as needed for itching as well..good luck
Dr. Ted King
Completely agree.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Hold the baking soda
If the area of affected skin is small use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream 2-3x/day until skin is clear for 3 days.
If the area is large contact your md to get oral corticosteroids.

In brief: Hold the baking soda
If the area of affected skin is small use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream 2-3x/day until skin is clear for 3 days.
If the area is large contact your md to get oral corticosteroids.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Dr. Martin Ostro
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rhus -Posison Ivy
Clorox water before any significant blisters.
Calomine or calodrl, aloe vera leaves or baking soda paste to palliate. Hydrocortisone creame otc. For more severe cases see your doc.

In brief: Rhus -Posison Ivy
Clorox water before any significant blisters.
Calomine or calodrl, aloe vera leaves or baking soda paste to palliate. Hydrocortisone creame otc. For more severe cases see your doc.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Dr. Stevan Cordas
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