How can I prevent poison ivy?

Be mindful. Avoidance. Know what poison ivy looks like and watch for it. Wear pants, socks, shoes, and a full sleeved shirt or jacket.

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Is there a shot for preventing the poison ivy symptons?

Poison ivy. No shot available for prevention but early oral steroids given as a tapered dose for 10 days or more can help. (dex pak). Read more...
Avoidance. The only sure prevention is avoidance. You can also wear long sleeve shirt and long pants when venturing in poison ivy infested area and make sure that all of the clothing, shoes, and even the floor mat in you car be cleansed with laundry soap right after. I do not have experience with ivy shield but you can give this a try on the exposed parts of the body. Read more...

I work at an animal hospital and I keep getting poison ivy! What can I do to prevent this?

Poison Ivy. Poison ivy occurs when a person comes in contact with the oils from the poison ivy plant. Animals can often get those oils on their fur and spread poison ivy to people. The best way to prevent poison ivy is to avoid contact. That means wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and gloves when working with the animals. Also, washing your exposed areas with soap and water within 5 minutes of contact. Read more...
Wear gloves. Good hygiene can prevent you from spreading the allergen of poison ivy onto your skin. Wear protective clothing and gloves when grooming the animals. Read more...

Can reactions to poison ivy, oak, and sumac be prevented?

Depends on stage. Treatment for contact to the poison ivy or poison oak plant depends on the stage of exposure. If the rash is present, a doctor can prescribe steroids and antihistamines. If the exposure is recent and pre-symptoms, washing with tecnu helps remove urushiol, the oil from the poison ivy and poison oak plants that cause the blisters, itching, and pain. See your doctor and don't rub your eyes! Read more...

How do I cure poison ivy

Poison ivy. Allergic reaction to plant best treated by steroids either topical or systemic. Best to see physician for quikest resolution. Don't scratch breaking open or excoriating skin can lead to infection. Read more...
Wash skin soon after. The plant oils contain urushiol. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated. Read more...

How to dry out poison ivy?

Poison ivy . Calamine lotion will help with the itch and help to dry the rash. Prescription corticosteroid cream or pills may be needed for more widespread poison ivy. Read more...