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my eyelids, what can I do to stop the ras

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Poison ivy vine brushed across my eyelids, what can I do to stop the ras ?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

You have already done the most important thing by washing off the oils with soap and water.

Dr. Rick :

Cold compresses will also help. It is not clear from your post whether or not you are already experiencing a rash. If you do not yet have a rash then I believe that no further steps are needed.

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Customer:

What can I apply topically to my eyelids, or take by mouth to

Customer:

Topical remedy to stop rash development?, oral remedy?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Rick :

Do you have a rash now?

Customer:

no

Dr. Rick :

If you have been exposed to poison ivy in the past, do you always get a rash?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Rick :

Ok..

Dr. Rick :

I'd take 50mg of benadryl by mouth. As far as topical things there is nothing that is needed if you don't have a rash as these agents don't prevent the rash formation they just treat the rash after it shows up.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Dr. Rick :

Washing with soap and water, like you have already done, is by far the best topical treatment you could have done.

Customer:

Yes, however, what about Ivarest or like products applied to eyelids.

Dr. Rick :

that is used to decrease the symptoms (itch) of a poison ivy rash. It does nothing to prevent the rash from forming or make the rash, should it show up, any less uncomfortable. So, in this light, I do not think ivarest would be of any benefit at this juncture.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
there is nothing you can apply to your eyelids to prevent the rash from forming.

Like I said: Washing with soap and water is the best thing to do.