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How can I get rid of poison sumac?
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Can't
It has to run its course, however topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or cortizone cream may reduce reddness and symptoms.
Oral steroids may be required for larger or more severe outbreaks, possibly along with antihistamine & h2 blocker to reduce symptoms. You've got it for about two weeks. Sorry!

In brief: Can't
It has to run its course, however topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or cortizone cream may reduce reddness and symptoms.
Oral steroids may be required for larger or more severe outbreaks, possibly along with antihistamine & h2 blocker to reduce symptoms. You've got it for about two weeks. Sorry!
Dr. Donald Alves
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Antihistamines
Contact dermatitis is an immune response.
The oil from poison sumac caused your immune system to react by releasing inflammatory cells, which release histamine among other things. The rash is a result. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti-histamine. You may also need a steroid to settle your over reactive immune system down. Anything which calms the skin is good, like chilled aloe vera.

In brief: Antihistamines
Contact dermatitis is an immune response.
The oil from poison sumac caused your immune system to react by releasing inflammatory cells, which release histamine among other things. The rash is a result. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti-histamine. You may also need a steroid to settle your over reactive immune system down. Anything which calms the skin is good, like chilled aloe vera.
Dr. Robert Keller
Dr. Robert Keller
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