What can I do to manage my allergy to poison oak?

Poison ivy treatment. Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are needed.

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Is anyone familiar with possible related allergies like poison oak and mangoes?

Urushiol. Poison oak, poison sumac, poison ivy, and mango contain the chemical urushiol. Contact with the plant or any object containing the urushiol oil will induce an eczematous contact dermatitis. Scrubbing with soap and cold water will remove the urushiol from the skin if it is done within a few minutes of exposure, before it bonds. Read more...

How could I treat poison oak allergy?

Avoidance is best. The best approach is avoidance. If the rash is mild and localized over the counter steroid creams and antihistamines may be sufficient. More severe symptoms require a visit to the doctor for stronger steroid creams and possibly oral steroids. Antihistamines can help the itch. Expect it to take at least 2 weeks to clear. Read more...

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak. Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. Read more...