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. Barb

    I wanted to add an update (for the sake of science) because in my case there was an explanation. It wasn’t poison ivy :) Turned out to be scabies which is why it responded to rosacea medication (which has an anti-micro organism type ingredient) but wasn’t cured completely by it. Anyway, there’s my update. I switched to Nix and it’s gone. Scabies and poison ivy look extremely similar. You may want to have your doc check for scabies.

  2. Katie

    I’m trying this right now. I have rosacea and have a prescription for Metronidazole. I’m desperate. I’m trying this, and I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

  3. Jim

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

  4. Kathryn

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

  5. 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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