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Poison ivy appeared below lip. Developed headache and swelling in gland below jaw. Any ideas?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Posted on Sat, 2 Feb 2013 in General Health
Question: I have what appears to be a small patch of poison ivy just below my bottom lip on the right side of my face. Just yesterday, I noticed that the gland below my right jaw line is swollen. Today, I can feel sort of a tingle along the right side of my face down into the back of my throat. I'm also developing dull headache. If you would be so kind as to steer me in the right direction, I'd be most appreciative. Thank you.
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The allergic reaction on your face is likely to cause a local lymph node swelling which usually subsides after the lesion subsides.
Such allergic reactions can sometimes affect the surrounding structures like throat too. You need to take an oral antiallergic like fexofenadine (Allegra) and apply a 1% hydrocortisone ointment on the affected area.
This is likely to help in the improvement over a week. In case the symptoms are persistent or there is any difficulty in swallowing or breathing then consulting a dermatologist is recommended for specific treatment.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.

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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal 38 minutes later
Thank you kindly for your advice Dr. Tayal. It was most helpful.
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