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Liba Kopeckovaalcohol on poison oak?

Liba Kopeckova

Voted 10/10

Really? It is funny I am looking into my "Minor Emergencies Medical Textbook", and it says do not rub alcohol. Well, you have to do what works for you.
Do you use steroids?
BTW, nice page as usual for you. :)
Posted Nov 18, 2010 4:01 pm

MarcsoltanRe: alcohol on poison oak?

Marcsoltan

Hasn't voted

Hi Liba, I totally forgot that you are a doctor therefore qualified to render a better medical opinion. Yes, alcohol rub seems to do the job. It doesn't have to be done immediately. I think it's safe to say it can be done within a few hours of exposure.
And no, I don't use any kind of steroids. How are these two chemicals related, alcohol and steroids? Does one neutralize the effects of the other?
Posted Nov 18, 2010 4:20 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: alcohol on poison oak?

Liba Kopeckova

Voted 10/10

Steroids are a treatment of choice for any type of rash when doctors have no clue what else to do... so, we used to make fun of dermatologists - more than 1/2 the time they prescribe steroid creams.
It does decrease the itching and the inflammation.
Sorry, about your sensitivity - I guess long pants are the best.
Posted Nov 19, 2010 10:09 am

nartrebRe: alcohol on poison oak?

nartreb

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Any astringent will be very helpful, especially if administered before rash develops. (In a pinch, cold water is better than nothing.) Alcohol should also dissolve the irritant-containing oil on your skin and clean it away - which most soaps don't do well at all. I don't know why your manual would say to avoid it. Steroids are effective at reducing inflammation, but using steroids to fight poison ivy is a bit like following a street dog around your yard with a pooper scooper instead of closing the gate.
Posted Nov 19, 2010 11:46 am

mrchad9Re: alcohol on poison oak?

mrchad9

Voted 10/10

Steriods definitely work on poison oak. I am extremely allergic myself, have not tried alcohol, but whenever I apply Tecnu immediately after contact I have no issues.

Oral steriods work much better, topical I could not see as much impact. I got some poison oak on my face once, and within a day or so with oral medication it was pretty much gone (it wasn't very several, from secondary contact I'm sure, but I didn't want it on my cheek regardless).

I would think Tecnu (or paint thinner, which is basically what it is) would work better on the oils of poison oak, but if alcohol is doing it then that is just as well.
Posted Nov 19, 2010 4:57 pm

MarcsoltanRe: alcohol on poison oak?

Marcsoltan

Hasn't voted

I'm not sure why Tecnu never did the job for me. But, paint thinner? hmmm, I've got to try that too, but I'm scared to death of getting myself exposed intentionally just find out.

Thanks for the input, Chad. I made a link to this discussion on my M&R page.
Posted Nov 19, 2010 5:51 pm

mrchad9Re: alcohol on poison oak?

mrchad9

Voted 10/10

Don't stop using what works! If alcohol works for you, let it be. But yes, Tecnu is pretty much the same as paint thinner, but treated a bit to remove some of the compounds that have a stronger smell, and with some antihistamines added (which would only come into play if you use it when it is already too late).
Posted Nov 19, 2010 6:32 pm

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