Poison Ivy. Without proper treatment of topical and oral cortisone the rash of poison ivy can last for weeks. See your doctor for a prescription. Antibiotics do not treat poison ivy unless the rash is infected.
Oral steroid. If the poison ivy rash is severe (especially if it is significant on the face), an oral steroid is the most appropriate way to get rid of it. For mild cases, calamine lotion, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Hydrocortisone cream and aveeno oatmeal baths are very helpful otc treatment options.
Calamine and steroid. Use calamine to help dry and ease the itch early on and then switch to an over the counter steroid to help it when its dried. Go see a dermatologist if this isnt enough to control your symptoms.
Anti-itch creams. You can use calamine lotion (or similar), oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other antihistamines. However, oftentimes, if the area is large and involved, oral steroids are needed. See you doctor for evaluation.
Hello I have a severe case of poison ivy and have been trying to get rid of it, What is the best way?
See doctor. If the problem is a mild one, time will heal it. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. In the meanwhile, wash and clean every potential object which might have been in contact with its resin with a laundry soap.