I have poison ivy. My dermatologist prescribed Fluocinonide cream 0.05% twice daily, Desonide lotion 0.05% twice daily, and a 14 day regimen of Prednisone 10mg staring with 4 per day and tapering off to 1 per day. Seems like a lot of corticosteroid.
I agree. I used to get poison ivy every summer. Nasty stuff. The creams simply don't go into the blood streams enough to cause a problem. Prednisone is very low dose. Hope it clears quickly for you. And do not use a calamine lotion on it with an antihistamine. Makes the rash worse,
Just a fun fact. Cat tails which are often found near water cures poison Ivy almost instantly. You break the stalk in half and the milky fluid found inside is rubbed over the area. When I was a scout we rubbed poison ivy on our arm and when the itching started we rubbed the milk on our arms. It stopped the itching almost immediately. Another proven home cure is putting wet tobacco on the site of a bee sting. It stops the pain within minutes.
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