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Sweating with poison ivy?

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Hello.

Last week I broke out with severe poison ivy on my arms. Only the 2nd time in my life and at 40 years of age I suppose I feel fortunate for that.

I immediately went to the doctor and she prescribed Methylprednisolone. Short story: it didn't work and the rash intensified. Beginning of this week my doctor changed the prescription to Prednisone. Now, on the 2nd day of treatment the rash is 60%, or better, cleared up.

My question is regarding exercising with poison ivy. I can't seem to find any info on the net regarding this subject. Is it ok to work up a sweat with poison ivy or should I avoid any type of workout until the rash clears?

I called my doctor's office to inquire but I have not received a call back. I'm sure I won't do anything until I hear from the doc.

Best,
Brian
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Re: Sweating with poison ivy?

Wouldn't you know it....10 minutes after my post the doc returns the call. She says to try and avoid sweating until the rash clears.

Oh well, better safe than sorry!

Best,
Brian
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Re: Sweating with poison ivy?

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Originally Posted by bpasternak
Wouldn't you know it....10 minutes after my post the doc returns the call. She says to try and avoid sweating until the rash clears.

Oh well, better safe than sorry!

Best,
Brian
Hey Brian, I've had it a couple times and there is nothing you can do but let it run its course. The drugs et al might make you feel better but your liver has to do all the work. It doesn't spread by touch or sweating etc. You should know the drill, wash everything that might have come in contact with the ivy. The ozzing fluid, if you have that bad, doesn't spread the rash. Avoid secondary infections.
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