Q. Early this summer, I got poison oak and couldn’t find the anti-itch cream. I was desperate so I used my rosacea medicine, MetroGel (metronidazole gel 0.75%), hoping for any relief.

Not only did the itch stop within minutes, but by morning the redness and blisters were gone. Several other people have tried it with the same results.

My family doctor and my dermatologist are astonished. It works for me even though they say there is no reason it should.

A. Thanks for a fascinating report. We could find no mention of this use for metronidazole in the medical literature.

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  1. Jim

    I used it as well and it does help with poison ivy. I got the metronidazole from a prescription for my rosacea.

  2. Kathryn

    Hey Lisa, MetroGel is a prescription you have to get from the doc.

  3. lisa

    My husband works in areas that are heavily infested with poison oak and gets it frequently. Where do you get this Metrogel? Thank you! lisa

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