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I have a 15 year old who had poison sumac. She has it on

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Hi, I have a 15 year old who had poison sumac. She has it on several places on her body and can't seem to get rid of it. She has had it for the past 2 weeks. I have some prednisone at home. Would this be a good option for her to clear it up?
JA: The Pharmacist will need to help you with this. Is there anything else important you think the Pharmacist should know?
Customer: The dosage of the pills I have are 10 mg.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: None and NKA
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Drugdad replied 1 year ago.
Hi, thanks for your question. Yes, prednisone is a good medication for poison sumac but the problem is, you need your doctor's prescription for that. Prednisone for poison ivy or sumac is titrated down. Meaning, the dose will start with a higher dose. You probably wouldn't have enough to finish the course. It is important that you taper off of prednisone so try giving your doctor a call