Why does my legs itch like poison ivy around my leg edema?

Lynphedema. Lymphedema is another possibility which is a chronic swelling of the lower leg due to inadequate return of lymph, found more commonly in obese individuals. Chronic problems.Can lead to itching , drainage of clear fluid, and ulcers. This needs to be evaluated and is treated with compression.
Stasis Dermatitis. When there is excessive swelling/edema in the lower legs from venous insufficiency (especially over time) the overlying skin becomes deprived of oxygen & nutrients and becomes damaged. The skin develops an itchy rash & can be prone to ulcers. If this is what you have then wearing the correct compression stockings & treatment with topical steroids will help. See your doctor for evaluation.

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I have a red rash on my right hip, I feel a burning, itching and pain. Dont think it's poison ivy, maybe shingles? Nothing on torso, just my hip & leg

Dermatology Consult. There are many potential causes for the rash you are describing. Without a thorough examination and possibly other testing, the cause cannot be determined. The best specialist to evaluate this kind of problem would be a dermatologist. Read more...

I have what seems to be poison ivy/oak on the back of my leg. Now the whole area has gotten swollen and extremely weepy. What's to be done?

OTC vs prescription. You can try some otc products such as calamide lotion which can help drying it out and reduces itching. Caladryl may do same. Hydrocortisone may help a bit, but this is quite weak. Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help with itching as well. If these don't help, u may need to see doc for stronger meds via prescriptions. Good luck. Read more...
Poison ivy. Once poison ivy rash gets swollen and weepy, it may need oral medication such as prednisone. Topical prescription cortisone gels will also help. If none are available, do soaks with cold water x 10 minutes twice a day, followed by a topical cortisone cream or preferably gel and calamine lotion. You want to dry the reaction as quickly as possible. Poison ivy rash can continue erupting x 3 weeks. Read more...

What to do if I have 5 days till spring break and I have poison ivy/oak all over my legs, how do I get it to go away?

See doctor. 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. Be sure to clean out all items which might potentially been contaminated by poison oak or if you keep on getting new rashes. (shoes, floor mat, gear, clothing etc). Good luck. Read more...

What can I do for poison ivy or poison oak. Got Medicean from the dr but I think it's getting worse. It has spread up my leg an is very swollen?

Typically if it is. all over, you may need oral steroids. The way the resin from the plant spreads is actually through your nails, so cut them short and scrub them. Try soaking in tub with aluminum acetate to dry out blisters, apply topical steroid I am sure your doctor gave you after soaking 10 min at least twice aday and call doc for oral steroids if not getting better in next 24 hours. Read more...
What medicine? It is important to know what medicine was prescribed. It sounds like you may have been given a topical steroid and a antihistamine that is not controlling the rash. You probably need an oral steroid. If you are given that kind of medicine & if you are diabetic your blood sugar may rise. Read more...
More Serious. You have more than just a simple reaction to something. Please go to the ER or urgent care today. Or at least page your doctor on call for instructions. You have a treatment failure and are getting worse. Read more...
Get it seen by a doc. The problem in this scenario, is that without seeing what is going on with your leg, the process can be either a dermatologic reaction to the poison ivy or oak (then steroids are ok), or more seriously, a secondary bacterial infection causing cellulitis due to scratching the typically itchy rash caused by the plants (then antibiotics are needed). Read more...
What is medicean???? In California you have poison oak, not ivy. It is not a poison and not an oak! The plant makes an oil which causes allergic reactions. It may take 3 weeks to see all the places it got on your skin. It is not contagious. Begin with accurate diagnosis. Clobetasol gel prescription is one of several treatments to make it itch less + heal faster. Read more...