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    My youngest son has a horrible outbreak of poison oak. Although the
    school nurse hasn't seen him yet, she recommended taking him to the
    doctor for steriods. I hate steriods! Of course, there is the
    expense of a doctor's visit and prescription. Are there any home
    remedies that I can try?


    Anggie Thompson

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    Hi Angie:

    We have poison oak where we live & I have some medical background. I
    have never heard of steroids as a recommendation for treatment. Is
    it possible for you to call a clinic free of charge for their
    recommendations? Steroids are not usually given, especially to
    children unless there are extreme circumstances. It would be worth
    your while, and your poor child's! to get a second opinion.

    HTH,

    Cindy

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    We ended up going to the doctor and she mentioned prednisone which I
    quickly declined. We did get two different creams and an antibiotic
    as a back up if it got infected. This morning I picked up an herbal
    mix from an herbalist that we will use next time. A good friend said
    she gets prednisone everytime she has a break out and it takes care of
    the itching & helps dry it up.

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    Hi,

    I am a nurse. I can tell you that oral or injectable steroids are usually saved
    for extreme cases of poison oak/ ivy, generally where you have somehow gotten
    the oil into the bloodstream. DH did this once when we were cutting down
    locusts trees (lots of thorns) and scratched up his legs and got poison oak into
    the bloodstream. This leads to extremely widespread, weepy wounds -- my DH had
    it from the hips down. He ended up having to get steroid injections and a
    tetanus shot because his wounds were so bad he could not wear pants -- the
    material would cling to the wounds and stick or get saturated.

    Having said that, that was for a very extreme case. Cortizone cream is
    available over the counter and works well for poison oak or poison ivy. It

    helps stop the body's inflammatory reaction (hives, etc). If you prefer not to
    use them, stick to the usual -- oatmeal baths, etc. You can also give them a
    bit of Benadryl (orally or the lotion). The oral may make them sleepy, but it
    eases some of the itching.

    Blessings,
    Angie in NC

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    Hey, I'm Anggie (yes, GG) from NC also, near Chapel Hill. We ended up
    at the dermatologist (because of it's convenient location & my lack of
    time to go to the family doctor). We now have two creams, one for
    sensitive areas. It still looks really bad on his calf, but he said
    it does not itch and it is not spreading. I guess it's ivy this time
    because it's more of a rash that blisters like poison oak. I also got
    some herbal remedy from a local herbalist for next time. I'd much
    rather use that than the creams, but have plenty of refills if the
    herbs don't work.

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    Anggie,

    If you use the oatmeal baths to help w/itching, please be careful of
    the amount your teen uses. We had a huge plumbing bill when my stepson
    decided that if one pack was good, 4 packs was better and totally
    plugged up the tub drain...once the oatmeal dries in the pipes it's
    almost impossible to get out.

    Hope your son feels better soon!

    Lisa G.

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    My sister used to get poison so terribly and now our son does!

    2 of our 3 children have been on prednizone (steroid) for poison oak /
    ivy. And our son has several times, at least. It is normally given to
    them when it is very close to the eye, or a very severe case when it
    seems to be breaking out everywhere. Seems almost like it might come
    through the bloodstream, tho I'm not sure that term is medically
    correct.

    Benadryl, or something similar, will help to relieve the itching. But
    beware of them wanting to sleep. =)

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    wipe down with bleach as soon as possible .. oatmeal paste afterwards ..
    HOWEVER if the rash, swelling is anywhere near neck, or mouth think hard about
    going to DRs
    .. one you don't want breathing problems 2 you don't want it internally bad
    bad

    ria

 

 

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