What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

Poison ivy. Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams are often prescribed. The worst forms, especially involving large areas of skin, need oral steroids.

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Does cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) cream help poison ivy?

Probably so. Cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) is a combination of a steroid and a topical antibiotic. The steroid is probably the component that is doing the most for your reaction. I would avoid the topical antibiotic unless there is truly a bacterial infection that needs to be treated. The antibiotic portion carries the risk of an allergic reaction and can confound the clinical picture. Read more...

1yr old twins. Have blotchy rash. Same soap/lotion since birth. Can they now be allergic now? No food changes. Using hydrocortisone cream

Many causes of rash. Very hard to tell what a rash is without seeing. Viruses can cause rashes. Contact with an irritant. Could be hives. I see they are 12 months olds. Did they recently have the MMR & Varivax? Both can give rashes. The only way to know is to have their doctor look at it. Read more...
Yes. The children may have atopic dermatitis and even though there has been no food changes, food allergy can be acquired through direct skin contact if AD is the issue. Talk to your doctor and consider seeing an allergist. Read more...

How do I know when the calamine lotion has dried up my poison ivy rash?

Old wive's tale. Calamine can temporarily sooth the itching of poison ivy, but it does absolutely nothing to shorten the 10 - 14 days course of any contact dermatitis. Caladryl should be avoided due to the risk to secondary sensitization to Diphenhydramine (benedryl). Read more...

Is it okay to use hydrocortisone cream and nutraderm lotion together?

Yes, but... ...the Nutraderm will dilute the hydrocortisone cream. Use the hydrocortisone first, then wait at least half an hour before using the Nutraderm. Read more...

Okay so I have what looks to be a rash on my chin and beside my nose it kinda has a burning itchy feel to it. I was told to try hydrocortisone cream?

Probably ok. Generally itchy rashes are due to a chemical released by the body called histamine. This can cause the red flat flushed rash and slight warmth to touch. Reasonable to try a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone for a few days to see how it responds. As with any home treatment, if not improving over a few days or worsens rapidly see MD for professional exam/opinion. Read more...