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Poison ivy treatment

09/10/2008

Question:

Are there treatments such as allergy shots to prevent future outbreaks of Poisen Ivy for children who suffer from severe outbreaks? Thank you.

Answer:

Unfortunately, there are no therapies to prevent poison Ivy similar to allergy shots. There are several preparations sold over the counter that can be applied as a barrier to prevent severe outbreaks. It the contact is known, or likely, I would suggest increasing prevention (barrier lotion, long sleeve clothes, pants, etc). Also, talk to your doctor about early treatment strategies.

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Response by:

David  Hauswirth, MD David Hauswirth, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Crtitical Care & Sleep
Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University