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Poison Ivy Rash

Can You Use Beer to Wash Off Poison Ivy?

A reader advocates using beer to wash off poison ivy oil. Dermatologists say what matters most is speed–get the resin off within 15 minutes or less.

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Poison Ivy Rash

What Can You Do About Poison Ivy?

The best approach to poison ivy is avoidance! Stay away from the leaves and stems, and wash up well with soap and water if you have gotten close.

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Acne (pimples)

How Aysa, an AI App, Helped a Mother with her Child’s Rash

Aysa, a new app for your tablet or smart phone, can help you determine what is wrong so you'll know whether you need to see the doctor.

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Poison Ivy Rash

Solutions to Stop Suffering from Poison Ivy

Consider washing up with Tecnu or Zanfel to keep from suffering from poison ivy. They remove the irritating oil from poison ivy, oak or sumac.

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Alternative Health

Why Would Vicks VapoRub Soothe Poison Ivy Itch?

Have you ever wondered why hot water can ease a poison ivy itch or the itch of a mosquito bite? We think it's all about TRP. We think TRP might explain why Vicks VapoRub might also work.

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Home Remedies

Rediscovering How Hot Water for Itches Works for Hours

What do you do for mosquito bites or poison ivy? Ever heard of hot water for itches? It's an old home remedy and it goes back to at least the 1960s. We have an explanation for how it works.

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Allergies

Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side Effects?

Most people think that corticosteroid side effects occur only after long-term treatment. New research suggests that short-term therapy also poses a problem.

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Home Remedies

Will A Banana Peel Ease Inflammation and Itching from Poison Ivy?

The banana peel remedy for poison ivy has been popular for decades. First, remove the invisible resin with soap. If you miss a spot, consider banana peel.

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Poison Ivy Rash

How to Soothe Poison Ivy Rash

Outdoor activities such as gardening or hiking may bring contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac. How can you manage a poison ivy rash?

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Alternative Health

Could Banana Peel Ease Rash from Poison Oak?

A cool banana peel applied to a rash from poison oak or poison ivy stops the itch and soothes the skin.

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Poison Ivy Rash

Rules for Relieving Poison Ivy Suffering

Prevention is primary, but some remedies can help in relieving poison ivy itch and misery.

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Alternative Health

Some Poison Ivy Remedies Make Itchy Skin Worse

Doctors report that few poison ivy remedies help very much. Diphenhydramine can make the rash itchier and even OTC cortisone is not effective.