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How do I get rid of poison ivy rash?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

The treatment for a mild poison ivy rash is a topical steroid.
The treatment for a more severe rash is a systemic steroid.

In brief: See below

The treatment for a mild poison ivy rash is a topical steroid.
The treatment for a more severe rash is a systemic steroid.
Dr. David Voron
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology

In brief: Clear that eruption!

Poison ivy is a pain.
It is really uncomfortable, and what's worse, it can last for several weeks, as the oil from the plant can be very persistent. Use some white vinegar to cleanse the affected area as well as a wide border around it. Be careful not to carry the oil on your hands and then to your eyes. Otc cortisone and sarna lotion are your best treatments.

In brief: Clear that eruption!

Poison ivy is a pain.
It is really uncomfortable, and what's worse, it can last for several weeks, as the oil from the plant can be very persistent. Use some white vinegar to cleanse the affected area as well as a wide border around it. Be careful not to carry the oil on your hands and then to your eyes. Otc cortisone and sarna lotion are your best treatments.
Dr. Barry Resnik
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