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What medications help treat poison ivy, oak or sumac?

Medications to treat poison ivy, oak or sumac are aimed at relieving your symptoms. First, it is important to wash your skin to remove the oil from the plant. Then, the affected area can be treated with cortisone creams. In addition, oral Benadryl or another antihistamine can offer relief. Avoid scratching since that will spread the oil that is causing your symptoms 
For poison ivy, oak and sumac there are topical medications available through the pharmacy, but for any significant allergic reactions you should see your physician who will prescribe appropriate medications and frequently will need up to two weeks of prednisone or oral cortisone in addition to topical medications. 

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