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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Poison Ivy
Answer: No, but it will speed things up, healing wise and itching.
Answer: Poison Ivy is a contact dermatitis. These respond to local or system steroids.
Hydrocortisone 1% is available over the counter and will be mildly effective. Systemic steroids
or higher potency local steroid creams are only available by prescription. Ensure when you have
poison ivy that you wash all your clothes and sheets that you might have come in contact with.
This is important to eliminate repeat contact at home.