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08-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Poison Ivy or something else?

My son has developed a rash on parts of his arms, legs and on his neck. It is a raised red rash and very itchy. He has had poison ivy twice before (pre-Crohn's) and each time the pediatrician treated with prednisolone. It looks a little different from what I can recall of the last 2 times, but it was always on his face so it's hard to say. The pediatrician is closed today and I left a message for the GI but I haven't heard from them yet. I know it's not erythema nodosum - we've already had that problem a few weeks ago. But I'm wondering if there is a Crohn's rash that resembles poison ivy or if this could be a side effect from the medications. Also, if it is poison ivy can he still be treated with prednisolone? or would that be a problem with the budesonide he takes. I should mention that he has just stepped down from 9mg to 6 mg. So would taking prednisolone interfere with tapering off budesonide??
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08-07-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer regarding the budesonide but if you think it could be medicine related go to a walk in clinic. Don't wait just in case.

The rashes my kid has had related to crohn's don't look anything like poison ivy. Does it puss at all or just the redness and bumps?
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08-07-2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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I agree, please go to the walk in or er. It's possibly poison ivy but why take the chance. It sounds by the way it's spreading that he should be seen anyway.
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08-08-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Well the ped. confirmed it was poison ivy and put him on prednisone at 30 mg for 5 days. The GI approved taking prednisone so he should have some relief soon!
08-08-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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I'm glad you went. That poor kid. I hope the pred works quick.
I know as a kid when I got it that oatmeal baths were the ONLY THING my parents would do for it. Then again I learned what poison ivy looked like real quick.
08-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #6
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Glad it is poison ivy! Hopefully he finds relief soon.
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