Q: I was working in my yard and now I have an itchy rash. I think I touched poison ivy. What can I do to stop the itching?
A: Poison Ivy follows the rule “leaves of three, let them be”. It has three leaves that produce an oily residue that can cause a reaction if touched. Upon contact, you may have a reaction such as itching, blisters, swelling, and a rash that looks like red patches. If you think you have been exposed, immediately wash the area with soap and water. There are several OTC products that can help relieve the itching. These include topical creams such as Cortizone-10 and Benadryl. Calamine lotion can also be used if you have any oozing blisters. Some products contain a combination of these such as Ivarest. If the itching is keeping you up at night, you can also try oral Benadryl. You should see improvement within 5-7 days, but it may take up to 3 weeks to be completely resolved. If the rash spreads to your face or other sensitive areas, you should call your doctor.
This question was answered by pharmacy student Haley Rivers.
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