What Medications Will Be Prescribed To Treat Poison Ivy?
Prescription medications are not needed unless the person has a severe allergic reaction.
Antihistamines are usually prescribed to relieve the itching and swelling. For all other poison ivy
allergic reactions, you only need topical poison ivy products to treat poison ivy rashes. We will talk about those below.
How do you treat poison ivy rashes?
For mild poison ivy allergic reactions, an Antihistamine helps with the itching is discomfort. Antihistamine is any substance capable of reducing the physiologic and pharmacologic effects of
histamine. It provides relief of symptoms associated with mild, uncomplicated urticaria and
Many such drugs are available as nonprescriptive medicines. Some of the popular brands are Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton. These over the counter antihistamines work well with the topical creams.
It is contraindicated to people with allergy to any antihistamines, third trimester pregnancy, and
lactation. It must be used cautiously to people with narrow angle glaucoma, stenosing peptic ulcer,
symptomatic hypertrophy, asthmatic attack, bladder neck obstruction, pyloroduodenal obstruction,
pregnancy and to elderly patients who may be sensitive to anticholinergic effects. A common side effect that occurs when taking this drug is sedation, so you must be cautious enough when driving or when you perform tasks which require alertness. And, avoid alcohol for serious sedation may occur.
Corticosteroid is responsible for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions. It is available
in oral and topical form for the purpose of providing relief in people with severe or incapacitating
allergic conditions and, to relieve inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of dermatoses that are
steroid responsive. A popular oral corticosteroid is Prednisone. Corticosteroids must be used cautiously in pregnant and lactating women. It is contraindicated to people with fungal infections, amebiasis, hepatitis B, vaccinia, or varicella, and antibiotic-resistant infections, immunosuppression. Some of the side effects of corticosteroid are nausea, vomiting, headache, immunosuppression, aggravation or masking of infections, and impaired wound healing. Prolonged use of this should be avoided.
Antibiotics are antimicrobial agents derived from cultures of a microorganism or produced semi
synthetically, used to treat infections. It inhibits cell wall synthesis of sensitive organisms, causing
cell death. When the skin affected with poison ivy is infected due to scratching, antibiotics are used.
There are two ways to administer it, orally and topically. It depends with your physician so consult
first; never make your own prescription. Antibiotics must be used cautiously with renal disorders,
pregnancy, and lactation. It is contraindicated with allergies to penicillins, celphalosphorins, procaine, or other allergens. Some of its side effects are gastritis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anemia, and superinfections. For the oral route, it must be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2-3 hours after meals, with a full glass of water to enhance absorption of the antibiotics. For topical route, wash and rinse the affected area first. Then pat it dry before applying the solution. Use fingertips or use an applicator to apply, and then wash hands thoroughly after you treat poison ivy rash.