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Poisen Ivy

Posted by
Maryellen on May 30, 2002 at 01:11:17:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

My son 13 year old son unfortunately wiped his face with his poisen ivy oil soaked tee shirt. He now has a severe case of poisen ivy, (his face is completely covered, eyes swollen shut, and his lips are on fire).

I took him to his peditrician today and he gave him the Prednisone 20 mg to be taken @ 1 tablet 3 times a day for 5 days. He also gave him Allegra 180 mg to be taken @ 1 tablet every day as needed for itching.

I have 3 questions:

1) After reading other bulletin boards you answered, I am wondering if his doseage is correct? You had said that it takes 80 mg a day. He is 13 years old and weighs 180 lbs.

2) What are your thoughts on him prescribing Allegra? Is there something better?

3) His lips are most affected. I ask the doctor what he could do for them. He said try chapstick. He had already tried that and got NO relief. He sits with a bag of ice on them constantly. Thats almost OK for home but when he returns to school he will be unable to apply ice the entire time he is there. Any suggestions for relief of the lips covered with poisen ivy?



Zanfel for Poisen Ivy

Posted by
Deb on May 30, 2002 at 08:07:57:

In Reply to: Poisen Ivy posted by Maryellen on May 30, 2002 at 01:11:17:

Maryellen, We ordered a product called Zanfel when my husband got into poison ivy. You can find it at www.zanfel.com and browse to find a local pharmacy that carries it. It's expensive, but it works. My husband was preparing to leave for a family vacation and within (2) days of using the Zanfel, the poison ivy was drying up.

We were astounded, especially since most poison ivy cases take weeks to clear. It was worth the money, unless someone else can provide a cheaper solution. I wish your son well.



Re: Poisen Ivy

Posted by Donna E. on May 30, 2002 at 20:06:08:

In Reply to: Poisen Ivy posted by Maryellen on May 30, 2002 at 01:11:17:

Did you mean he is 13 and is 108 pounds? I'm just curious if he is really 180 pounds. If he really is 180lbs, is he really tall or full grown all ready?

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Re: Poisen Ivy (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 31, 2002 at 12:42:51:

In Reply to: Poisen Ivy posted by Maryellen on May 30, 2002 at 01:11:17:

Hi, Maryellen.

Teh prednisone sosage sounds about rhigt except I woudl kep it up, gradually reducing the daily dosage, for about 2 weeks. IF he gets a relapse from not treating it long enough, the conseqiuences are serious whereas there is no risk to taking the prednisone for 2 weeks.

Allegra is about as effective as good old OTC benadryl (diphenhydramine) except for it being a LOT more expensive

Some docs sem to think the more expensive the more the patient will think it should help. I doiubt that this is operating in a 13 year old.........

Be sure he knows exactly what poison ivy looks like and obeys the simple washing rules when out in the woods! The next exposure will be worse!

Walt

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Re: Zanfel for Poisen Ivy (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 31, 2002 at 12:51:52:

In Reply to: Zanfel for Poisen Ivy posted by Deb on May 30, 2002 at 08:07:57:

Thanks, Deb!

Also do not forget Rhus Tox.

Walt

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