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is it possible to not be allergic to poison ivy

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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Poison : Poison ivy and poison oak produce their skin lesions lesion by direct contact with the plant oils found on their leaves. This can occur by brushing t ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Different issues: The rash of poison ivy is not classic allergy as every one exposed to those oils will develop a rash. Whereas pollen allergy does not occur in most pe ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Some people aren't: Because some people are not allergic to it. Allergies depend on the response of several factors of the individual immune system. For different reasons ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Rid of them: You may need the help of a professional gardening service to get rid of the ivy on your yard or lawn. Avoidance is the best answer. Be sure to wash o ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: This issue is more suitable for horticulture than medicine. You may consult the site given below for chemical destruction of the plant. It may be prud ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See GYN: Need to get these examined. With your boyfriend also having similar problem, I would check for genital warts as well although these are usually painfu ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: There have been well documented cases of severe urticarial reactions resulting in death after contact with poison ivy.
A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
On body?: Do you mean how can you stop the spread of it on your body? The best way is to avoid it completely. Poison ivy does not really spread on the body, but ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
Maybe both: It is possible that you are sensitive to both. If you just got itchy without a rash then it probably is not poison ivy. And gnats (along with other ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion: You can try topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion/cream, or a mild cortisone cream (0.5% if covering large area, 1% ok if localized / small areas) ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Likely not: It is unlikely that your worsening symptoms are due to an allergic reaction to loratatine. Rather, contact dermatitis due to poison ivy is not current ... Read More
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