Poison Ivy reaction?

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  1. WarEagle72

    WarEagle72 New Member

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    Alright so I went to the doctor today (probably my first mistake) because I had this rash on my skin that followed me after I cut down a tree covered in poison ivy. Doctor called it "rhus dermatitis" and prescribed 10 mg tablets of prednisone (second mistake). Started freaking out because I saw that eczema and atopic dermatitis are DQ-able for AFROTC. I'm an AS200 and on scholarship so I already had my physical done but do I still have to report it even though I haven't taken the medication and have just put the box in my cabinet and forgot about it?
     
  2. Dixieland

    Dixieland 5-Year Member

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    Have you never had poison ivy before? The itching (poison ivy dermatitis) can make you very uncomfortable and some people are so allergic that large blisters form that ooze and even have pus. If it's a mild case usually Caladryl lotion is plenty but if it's a severe case, doctors usually prescribe something. I'm not a doctor nor am I qualified to speak on medicine that would disqualify you but it's what my husband usually has to take because he is so allergic.

    Just remember...."leaves of three, let it be." Look for the hairy vine climbing up trees too.
     
  3. WarEagle72

    WarEagle72 New Member

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    Yeah i've had it before and used calamine lotion on it but everyone I talked to said to go to the doctor and I tried putting it off because I didn't want this to happen but hey it's too late
     
  4. 5Day

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    The diagnosis, Rhus dermatitis is the fancy way of saying you have a rash from poison Ivy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urushiol-induced_contact_dermatitis
    Urushiol-induced contact dermatitis (also called Toxicodendron dermatitis and Rhus dermatitis) is the medical name given to allergic rashes produced by the oil urushiol, which is contained in various plants, most notably those of the Toxicodendron genus: the Chinese lacquer tree, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

    Personally I would not consider a rash from poison ivy a reportable change in your medical condition even if it was diagnosed by your physician. If it would make you feel better you could ask your tech for their opinion.
     
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