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How do I make poison ivy go away?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Topical

Cold compresses, no scrubbing but gentle hypoallergenic cleansing of the site, topical anti-itch cream (if no open sores, blisters of lesions) and oral antihistamines to keep the itch down.
Wear long pants next time!

In brief: Topical

Cold compresses, no scrubbing but gentle hypoallergenic cleansing of the site, topical anti-itch cream (if no open sores, blisters of lesions) and oral antihistamines to keep the itch down.
Wear long pants next time!
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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1 comment
Dr. Stevan Cordas
If it is disseminated and not in one area and severe, steroids are used. If very early you might try to neutralize the part in clorox water topically as this will often neutralize the chemical that creates the problem.
Dr. David Shulan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Best to avoid

If you wash off the juice from poison ivy in 30 minutes you can avoid the rash otherwise corticosteroids topical or if extensive oral steroids are needed.
If there is the rash around your eyes seek medical attention immediately as poison ivy in the eye can lead to blindness. Antihistamines may help the itch minimmaly, but do not help the rash. Wash all materials and clothes that touch the poison ivy.

In brief: Best to avoid

If you wash off the juice from poison ivy in 30 minutes you can avoid the rash otherwise corticosteroids topical or if extensive oral steroids are needed.
If there is the rash around your eyes seek medical attention immediately as poison ivy in the eye can lead to blindness. Antihistamines may help the itch minimmaly, but do not help the rash. Wash all materials and clothes that touch the poison ivy.
Dr. David Shulan
Dr. David Shulan
Thank
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