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Hey Doc,
I just got back from New York. The day before, I was helping out my parents, clean the yard, not knowing they had "POSON IVY" (a plant, that gives you an allergic rash), and managed to get some on my legs.
Not knowing it, only waking up the next morning, thought nothing of it, until I flew into Moscow, and now can't stop scratching and itching the rashes.
I have "anti itch cream, cortisone 1%", which does very little. Back in the states we have Calomine Lotion, which helps dry the skin, and also prevent you from itching.
Poison Ivy doesn't exist here, and can't seem to find anything to help me with the itching and rash.
What can I do and use? What medicine, or over the counter drug can I use?
If you are unaware of such a plant, it is similar to what russia has a plant called "kropiva" except it's worse, it doesn't go away so easily...
Will check back for advice, but just in case:
shokorus@yandex.ru
Came Back to Moscow with Poison Ivy...
Answer:
Dear Sir/mdm, It seems the best way to treat poison ivy rash is with oral steroids, and a fair dose. For an adult I would suggest 50 mg prednisolone per day for 2 days then 20 mg per day for 3 days then 10 mg per day for 2
further days. There should be no significant side effects with this short course. Regards, Doctor.
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