Is it possible to contact poison ivy even if you don't come in physical contact with the plant? Is it airborne?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I have seen my doctor every summer for this problem - she has prescribed pretnesone (spelling) - pill form, I have a steroid cream, cortisone
creams, etc. I go outdoors (gardening, etc.) with long sleeves, gloves, slacks, boots, etc. Still some how it hits me - started out on both legs (inside my thighs) - a few other spots on my chin and arms. This has been going on for almost 10 years now.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: Not really any swelling but a very scaly itchy area - very red - blotches - I also take very hot showers and then apply these creams for help with the itching. Not much makes any of my symptoms better.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Not really - it does NOT happen to me at our home in FL - only MN. I've had it in May, June, July, etc Last summer, I got it twice - always takes up to 2 weeks of creams and pills to finally get rid of it. I've also had ALL the allergy tests done years ago (they prick your skin on your back with about 40 items) - also have seen a dermatologist AND an allergist.