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Best treatment for poison ivy?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Steroids (cortisone)
Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants.
The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc..., so thorough cleaning is needed. Treatment is with steroid creams in mild cases but oral steroids in moderate or severe cases. Oral antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help decrease itching. A doctor can prescribe steroids if needed.

In brief: Steroids (cortisone)
Poison ivy or poison oak rashes are allergic reactions caused by contact with the plants.
The plant sap can be on clothes, bedding, car seats, etc..., so thorough cleaning is needed. Treatment is with steroid creams in mild cases but oral steroids in moderate or severe cases. Oral antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help decrease itching. A doctor can prescribe steroids if needed.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. HENRY LEGERE
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Steroids
If you clearly have allergy to poison ivy and have contact dermatitis to it, you might need oral steroids.
At the very least, you will need topical steroids and oral antihistamines. Do not apply topical antihistamines.

In brief: Steroids
If you clearly have allergy to poison ivy and have contact dermatitis to it, you might need oral steroids.
At the very least, you will need topical steroids and oral antihistamines. Do not apply topical antihistamines.
Dr. HENRY LEGERE
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