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“What are those red (or white or brown) spots on my child?” “Why does poison ivy (or oak or sumac) make us itch?” “How do I get rid of ringworm?” These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the questions we all have about rashes. Rashes can give our kids (and us!) the itchy-scratchies and don’t always like to go away of their own accord. The one bit of information that seems to come easily is that rashes are no fun!

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My boyfriend has had poison ivy for four days now and has been using Hydrocortisone to stop the itch. He claims that it will cure the rash. I refuse to see him until he sees a doctor. Am I overreacting?
Silver Spring, Maryland

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