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Suggest treatment for poison ivy induced itchy bumps on forearms and hands

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Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2015
Question: had poison ivy 3 weeks ago. got a shot, got better but then got hives, different meds seemed to help, but now has been 3 weeks and my forearms and hands still have itchy bumps. seems to be getting worse again
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Short course of corticosteroids will be helpful.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Short course of corticosteroids will be needed if there is no improvement. I would suggest corticosteroids like methyl prednisolone orally for 5 days. Antihistamines like levocetirizine should be taken for 1 week also. You can apply calamine lotion locally also. Methyl prednisolone and levocetirizine are prescription medicines. You can approach your GP for that.

Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear.
Thanks.
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Brief Answer: Short course of corticosteroids will be helpful. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for asking HCM. I have gone through your query. Short course of corticosteroids will be needed if there is no improvement. I would suggest corticosteroids like methyl prednisolone orally for 5 days. Antihistamines like levocetirizine should be taken for 1 week also. You can apply calamine lotion locally also. Methyl prednisolone and levocetirizine are prescription medicines. You can approach your GP for that. Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear. Thanks.