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  • You should treat it like a snake bite and suck the poison out. J/K--calamine or hydrocortisone still, just applied more often and I would leave the area uncovered at night. And I would love to know how you got it there!
  • About 15 percent of the 120 million Americans who are allergic to poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are so highly sensitive that they break out in a rash and begin to swell in 4 to 12 hours instead of the normal 24 to 48. Their eyes may swell shut and blisters may erupt on their skin. This is one of the few true emergencies in dermatology says William L. Epstein, MD. Get to a hospital as soon as possible. A shot of corticosteroids will bring the swelling down. Source:http://poisonivy.aesir.com/view/cures.html
  • The best approach to poison ivy dermatitis is prevention. Washing with soap and water can help reduce the severity of the rash, but this is often impractical because it has to be done at once. (After 10 minutes, only 50% of the resin is removable, and by 30 minutes only 10%.) Once it begins, the rash will usually clear on its own by 14-21 days. Treatment is directed at controlling the itching. Oral antihistamines (like diphenhydramine [Benadryl]) may help the itch somewhat, but often they do no more than make people drowsy. Cortisone creams, whether over-the-counter or by prescription, are only helpful if applied right away, before blisters appear, or much later, when the blisters have dried up. Compresses with cool water or Burow's solution (available without prescription) can help dry the ooze faster. When the rash is severe, such as when it affects the face or causes extensive blistering, oral steroids (for example, prednisone) can help produce rapid improvement. This course of therapy should be maintained, often in decreasing doses, for 10-14 days or even longer in some cases, to prevent having the rash rebound and become severe again. Patients who are given a six-day pack of cortisone pills often get worse again when they complete it, because the dose was too low and administered for too short a time. Folklore, medical and otherwise, endorses many other agents, from aloe leaves to tea bags to meat tenderizer as treatments for poison ivy and related plant poisonings. Though these remedies are generally harmless, they are of questionable value. Source:http://www.medicinenet.com/poison_ivy/page2.htm#4whatis
  • The fastest relief is to go to the doctor and get a shot.
  • deep heat,its a cream

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