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Treating poison oak with topical steroids?

Asked by Seek (30181 points ) February 15th, 2010

I appear to have come in contact with some poison oak at my last bonfire. Not much, a few inch strip on my left arm, and a small patch on my leg. It’s itching like mad, and driving me crazy.

My husband has some topical steroid creams that were prescribed to him a few months ago.

One is Nystatin and Triamcinolone. I know Nystatin is an antifungal, so that’s probably not what I need.

The other is Triamcinolone Acetonide.

Will either one of those help this go away any faster?

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syz's avatar

The antifungal will not help. It looks like the Triamcinolone should.

drhat77's avatar

Be careful with triamcinilone in skin folds – it can cause permanent discoloration.

Also make sure you don’t have any breaks in the skin or possible foreign bodies (like plant thorns) because then the steroids may increase the risk of infection

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