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How can you ease itching and discomfort from poison ivy, oak, or sumac allergies?

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  • Apply cool compresses for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
  • Avoid topical antihistamines, anesthetics like benzocaine, and antibiotic ointments, all of which may make skin more sensitive.
  • Have the person take oatmeal baths.
  • Apply calamine lotion.
  • If itchiness makes sleep difficult, give an oral antihistamine.

From: Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lee, N , November - December 1999. . Western Journal of Medicine

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Poison Ivy and Poison Oak.”

American Academy of Dermatology, “Poison ivy, oak, and sumac.”

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Lee, N , November - December 1999. . Western Journal of Medicine

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Poison Ivy and Poison Oak.”

American Academy of Dermatology, “Poison ivy, oak, and sumac.”

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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