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By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at McLaren-Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing, is treating poison ivy this week.

The hallmark symptom is an itchy, red, raised rash that often appears in lines or streaks. It may form blisters. You may also have localized swelling and a feeling of warmth at the exposed area.

Poison ivy can usually be treated at home. Wash the irritant off the skin as soon as possible with soap at hot water. Take an oral antihistamine and apply topical hydro-cortisone cream and calamine lotion. Cool, moist compresses may help relieve itching.

If you have a serious case, see a doctor.

Mr. Moore is also treating sunburn.

The skin initially turns red about two to six hours after sun exposure and feels irritated.

You'll see the peak effects at about 12 to 24 hours.

To treat sunburn, use aloe vera and stay out of the sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, as well as protective clothing.


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  • by Sue Location: Dimondale on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    If you're dealing with "frequent sunburn," there's the problem! Why not try some prevention instead of allowing yourself to get frequently burned? There are TONS of products out there with sunblock, or maybe a hat to protect your face? Noxzema products are CLEANSERS, and not even recommended by the Noxzema company as a treatment for sunburn. From their own website (FAQ's): "Can Noxzema be used to cool sun burned skin?" Their answer: "Over the years Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream has been used for many reasons but we have not tested it for this use. We recommend it to be used as a cleanser that needs to be rinsed off after massaging onto the face." If Noxzema was a good solution for sunburn, believe me... the company would be advertising it and making MORE money! It just FEELS cool to the skin initially, but only because of the mentholated oils in the ingredients. Hey, if you think it works for you, go for it! To each his own. But please don't make this kind of statement for all to read before you do the research. Aloe has been used for thousands of years (for good reason). It works! Try a natural aloe plant - it's inexpensive and easy to maintain! And buy some sunscreen! Happy Summer!
  • by C. Location: Jackson on Jul 9, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    As a person that deals with sunburn frequently Aloe Vera is the WRONG thing to use. Noxzema works better as it will hydrate your skin. Aloe with dehydrate your skin. Noxzema works a lot faster too.
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      by Sue on Jul 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to C.
      Sorry, but I have to completely DISAGREE with "C" in Jackson. ALL Noxzema products are designed for CLEANSING ONLY and are not recommended for sunburn by the company (check the Noxzema website.... even THEY don't recommend it for that purpose. Not convinced? I copied this right from their OWN website FAQ's: "Can Noxzema be used to cool sun burned skin?" Their answer: "Over the years Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream has been used for many reasons but we have not tested it for this use. We recommend it to be used as a cleanser that needs to be rinsed off after massaging onto the face." Convinced yet? Why use a cleansing cream with all the added CLEANSING ingredients to sooth a sunburn, rather than Aloe which is THE NUMBER ONE recommended solution? If the Noxema company itself doesn't recommend it's own product for sunburn treatment, why would you recommend it here in place of Aloe (a natural product used for thousands of years?) Noxzema's a great cleanser and always has been and I love the smell of it, but it's just not a good idea to use a cleansing product for burned skin. That's like adding dishwashing detergent to the water when you hydrate your lawn! Try a natural aloe plant! I think you're being fooled by the initial "mentholated" cooling sensation of Noxzema, but if you feel it works for you, go for it! Please just don't try to convince the rest of us that it's good for sunburn or even better than Aloe! Just not true.
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