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What is the antidote to a rash from poison ivy?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics

In brief: Steroid Cream

The best medicine is prevention.
However, once the rash has developed, steroid creams will stop the reaction, calm the itch and make the redness go away. Steroid shots, or steroids by mouth, are only needed in extreme circumstances where children can't see, can't breathe or can't urinate because of the rash.

In brief: Steroid Cream

The best medicine is prevention.
However, once the rash has developed, steroid creams will stop the reaction, calm the itch and make the redness go away. Steroid shots, or steroids by mouth, are only needed in extreme circumstances where children can't see, can't breathe or can't urinate because of the rash.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Steroids

The rash from poison ivy is caused by your immune system's reaction to the oils from the ivy, not the oil itself.
This is why some people don't get the rash. A minor reaction is treated topically with antihistamine and/or hydrocortisone. A more severe reaction might require a long course of oral steroids to decrease the reaction and it's symptoms.

In brief: Steroids

The rash from poison ivy is caused by your immune system's reaction to the oils from the ivy, not the oil itself.
This is why some people don't get the rash. A minor reaction is treated topically with antihistamine and/or hydrocortisone. A more severe reaction might require a long course of oral steroids to decrease the reaction and it's symptoms.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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