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My teenage son has poison oak. What can I do to relieve his symptoms? (itchy, redness, rash)

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Poison oak

If you have a moderate to severe rash, you may need to see your doctor. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills.
These medicines may help improve or clear up the rash more quickly. Prescription corticosteroid creams, ointments, gels, or shots may also be used.

In brief: Poison oak

If you have a moderate to severe rash, you may need to see your doctor. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills.
These medicines may help improve or clear up the rash more quickly. Prescription corticosteroid creams, ointments, gels, or shots may also be used.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

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.
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