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.
Husband got into poison oak 10 days ago. Using calamine, benedryl, but rash pops up new n new areas. Miserable. What next? Tried bleach bath too.
Contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis to plant oils can cause severe itch, rash, swelling, and blistering in sentive "alllergic" individuals. This should be evaluated by seeing a physician who might consider topical (cream/lotion) corticosteroids or a short course of steroid pills, which give the most reliable, effective relief. Skin infection is the greatest risk when the skin has oozing or open sores. Read more...