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How can I relieve my poison oak symptoms?

Steroids. High-potency steroid creams are helpful in mild cases, but a more severe rash will require oral steroids (prednisone). Over the counter medications are simply not powerful enough to control the intense rash from poison oak; see your physician for help. Read more...

My teenage son has poison oak. What can I do to relieve his symptoms? (itchy, redness, rash)

Steroids are needed. Steroids are needed for poison oak or poison ivy. A doctor will prescribe them after confirming that the rash is really the poison oak type. For bad rashes, oral steroids for several days are use (prednisone, prednisolone). For very mild rashes, creams can be used. A daily aveeno oatmeal bath may help. Claritin or zyrtec each morning, plus a single Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime, can cut down itching. Read more...
Poison oak. If you have a moderate to severe rash, you may need to see your doctor. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills. These medicines may help improve or clear up the rash more quickly. Prescription corticosteroid creams, ointments, gels, or shots may also be used. Read more...

My kids were playing around a bonfire that had poison oak in it (for about an hour). Are they at risk for lung problems and how long before symptoms?

No. Skin reaction will be seen in a few hours if they are already allergic to it. If not allergic, there will be no reaction. If this exposure results in sensitizing for the first time you may see skin reaction in a week, especially on the face. Antihistamines are useless for this. Oral and topical steroids for a short time are very effective. Read more...
Soon. There are anecdotal reports of sensitivity to the rhus antigen by inhalation (smoke from fire) but these are few & not necessarily seen in those with skin sensitivity. If they occur, the reaction would be expected within the first few hours & produce wheezing & copious mucous flow. Read more...

How do I heal poison oak?

Topical medicine . if it is not severe one can use over the counter hydrocortisone cream 1% as directed on the medicine. If it is severe you need to see a primary care physician or an allergist. Read more...

I have poison oak, what to do?

Contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis from poison ivy, oak or sumac usually requires steroids, either topical steroid cream or oral steroids if more severe or widespread. Often prescription strength medication is needed so call your doctor. Read more...

How can I treat poison oak?

Poison oak treatment. Generally the treatment of topical. Cleaning the scan and using antimicrobial soap such as die was important to prevent infection. I would start with an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone ointment applied twice daily. If symptoms do not improve within 3 to 4 days are worse than I would seek medical help. Read more...

What does poison oak look like?

Red bumps or lines-> Which may ooze some clear or slightly yellow fluid. I t probably looks the same as 'poison ivy'...Usually it occurs within a couple of days of being in the woods, garden etc..Ie., after touching it. See: http://www.Webmd.Com/allergies/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-topic-overview and http://www.Riversideonline.Com/source/images/image_popup/ans7_poison_ivy.Jpg. Read more...