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Will poison ivy, oak and sumak run its course without medication?

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Dr. Adam Kinninger
Family Medicine
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In brief: Possibly

Rhus dermatitis (poison ivy, etc.
) will resolve spontaneously. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with the itching. Lotions such as calamine, or over the counter Hydrocortisone may also benefit. If you have a severe case you may benefit from prednisone. However, make sure your doctor puts you on a prolonged course of at least two weeks as it is common to experience rebound flares with shorter courses.

In brief: Possibly

Rhus dermatitis (poison ivy, etc.
) will resolve spontaneously. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with the itching. Lotions such as calamine, or over the counter Hydrocortisone may also benefit. If you have a severe case you may benefit from prednisone. However, make sure your doctor puts you on a prolonged course of at least two weeks as it is common to experience rebound flares with shorter courses.
Dr. Adam Kinninger
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Dr. Carlos Moe
Urgent Care

In brief: Yes

However it will go away much quicker if you get benedryl gel over the counter, plus cortisone cream, mix them together and rub them over the affected areas.

In brief: Yes

However it will go away much quicker if you get benedryl gel over the counter, plus cortisone cream, mix them together and rub them over the affected areas.
Dr. Carlos Moe
Dr. Carlos Moe
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