Poison Ivy,Oak,or Sumac - Medications

Antihistamine pills are used to relieve the symptoms of the rash from poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids, may be used for severe rashes. Medicines are also used to make the rash less severe.

Medication Choices

You may be able to use a product that dissolves urushiol, such as Tecnu Poison Oak-N-Ivy Cleanser, an organic solvent. These products may reduce the severity of your reaction.

The most common complication of poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash is a secondary infection, usually caused by scratching. When this occurs, your health professional will probably prescribe a type of topical antibiotic cream if the infection is in a small area. Otherwise, you may need systemic antibiotics, given as prescription pills or shots.3

What To Think About

The following medications should not be used for poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, because they can cause allergy problems of their own: