Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy


Welcome to Atlantic Dermatology. We are located
in Wilmington, North Carolina and I’m Dr. Crane. I am a board certified dermatologist
and I’m here to talk about Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is a plant that puts out an oil and what
happens when this oil comes in contact with the skin, if your allergic to the oil many
times you’ll have a reaction. Often when Poison Ivy breaks out it will break out in lines
because your arm may swipe against it, your leg may swipe against it, it may swipe across
your cheek, so often you get a line of redness and sometimes blisters along those lines.
One other thing to remember is Cashew nuts sometimes cross react with the oils that are
in Poison Ivy, sometimes that can trigger the reactions to get a lot worse. Or other
times even if you weren’t exposed to Poison Ivy but if you are very allergic to it, if
you go and just eat a bunch of cashew nuts you may be breaking out. If your allergic
to Poison Ivy, and if you get into it, first thing to do is to rinse off as quick as you
can. If its on your skin more than ten minutes or so chances are you are going to have that
reaction. So the biggest thing, number one: Cover up well before you go out, so hopefully
you don’t get into the Poison Ivy. Number two: if you do get it on you, you want to
rinse off as quick as possible. So lets say you are breaking out with this rash, its bothering
you, the first thing to do is to see your dermatologist and then the dermatologist will
often give a topical steroid cream such as Triamcinolone cream and you put that over
the areas of Poison Ivy twice a day and that helps calm them down. And then sometimes Prednisone
by mouth where you might take forty milligrams everyday for a week and then twenty milligrams
everyday for a second week and that will really help calm down those big reactions. Some people
even four to six weeks the rash can go on for, so sometimes that means four to six weeks
of medication. Bottom line, if you’re having a tough time with Poison Ivy, then see your
dermatologist.

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