With one of the hottest and most humid summers on record comes some of the largest growth of poison ivy, oak, and sumac in years. Steroid shots are highly effective at not only alleviating the symptoms associated with poison ivy, but can significantly shorten a rash’s duration. These shots are advised in severe cases when rashes cover 10% or more of the body, are found in sensitive regions of the body, and when over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream does not alleviate the symptoms effectively. Other signs of extreme cases can also include prolonged rashes which persist without any indication of subsiding.
Important Considerations for using a Steroid Shot
Only a medical professional should administer a steroid shot for poison ivy as complications can and do occur (if a medical professional is not available and the circumstances are dire, carefully read any and all instructions included with the medication). Discoloration of the skin and scarring are common if the shot is not injected properly and other side effects may occur if the symptoms are not properly diagnosed. Cases are on the rise this year with the combination of ideal growth conditions and inviting weather which promotes outdoor activity.
How a Steroid Shot Works
A poison ivy steroid shot works by constricting blood vessels which cools down the affected area and limits the amount of water reaching the rash which disrupts the effects of the allergic reaction. The relief of an injection is instantaneous which is what makes it a popular choice for cases which are severe and require immediate attention. It is also a popular choice for those who either struggle with, or cannot, take pills. Steroid shots are not to be confused with allergy shots which should only be administered before exposure to environmental stimuli as a preventative measure and will be ineffective as a form of treatment.
Warmer and more humid summers are providing ideal conditions for poisonous flora to appear in more places and in greater numbers than ever before. A steroid shot for poison ivy is an essential medication for dealing with their symptoms. More information is available by calling Questcare Urgent Care at (214) 989-4196.