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Poison Oak and Poison Ivy Dermatitis

If you develop an itchy, red rash after spending time outdoors you may have brushed against a poison ivy or poison oak plant. What should you do? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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If you develop an itchy, red rash after spending time outdoors you may have brushed against a poison ivy or poison oak plant. What should you do? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Cleanse exposed skin

    Wash the affected area with dish soap as soon as possible to limit the reaction; wash clothing, pets, and anything else that comes in contact to prevent re-exposure

  • Try an OTC remedy

    Treat your rash with over-the-counter Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser, and topical hydrocortisone (Cortaid), calamine/pramoxine (Caladryl), or polyethylene/nonoxynol-9 (Zanfel)

  • Apply plantain

    Reduce skin inflammation by covering the affected area with fresh crushed plantain leaves or using a 10% ointment

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about prescription-strength topical corticosteroids, such as triamcinolone (Aristocort) and betamethasone (Valisone, Diprolene, Diprolsone), as well as oral forms, such as prednisone (Deltasone) and methylprednisolone (Medrol)

  • Steer clear next time

    Learn what poison ivy and its relatives look like so you can avoid future contact

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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