Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (cont.)
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- Treatment of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Rash
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- Topical corticosteroid creams (prescription strength) - These reduce the immune response and relieve inflammatory symptoms.
- Oral corticosteroid medication (such as prednisone) - These have effects similar to those of the creams but are needed for a more severe or widespread reaction. A course of steroids can run from three days to as long as four weeks.
- Oral antihistamines - For itching. The main advantage of the prescription antihistamines is that they do not make you sleepy, allowing you to carry on your normal activities.
- Antibiotics - These are needed only if the skin becomes infected after the initial rash.
Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, PA
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