Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Poison Ivy Home Care

Initial home care for poison ivy includes:

  • Remove your clothes and wash them in hot water.
  • Take a warm shower.
  • Clean the skin gently:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.

Additional home care for poison ivy includes:
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
    • Available without a prescription
  • Apply Calamine lotion to the rash.
  • Take oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Try oatmeal baths for itching:
    • Aveeno
  • Take prescription medications as directed.
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
    • Trim your nails.
  • Avoid further contact with poison ivy.

For more information:

Poison Ivy Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have poison ivy rash and any of the following:

Continue to Poison Ivy Prevention

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Poison Ivy References
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  2. Stibich AS, Yagan M, Sharma V, Herndon B, Montgomery C. Cost-effective post-exposure prevention of poison ivy dermatitis. Int J Dermatol. 2000 Jul;39(7):515-8. [10940115]
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