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what are the differences between poison ivy and impetigo

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
Allergy vs infection: Poison ivy is an allergic reaction, not contagious and will resolve over time even if untreated. After each addition exposure to poison ivy (or poiso ... Read More

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Immune: Its unlikely, your immune response is different from your boyfriend, you would most likely have got it by now if you were too.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unlikely: It is possible but unlikely. Poison ivy is due to allergic contact dermatitis and due to the breakdown of his skin barrier the skin got infected with ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Moe
21 years experience Urgent Care
There are different : Impetigo is a golden colored rash resembling honey, while with poison ivy you get a bright red irritated rash.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Look the same: These are both contact dermatitis and they will look the same. There is no way to tell the difference.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Poison ivy vs. oak: Poison ivy and oak are two different planst which have an oil whic causes an allergic rash. The characteristic rash you see is the result of your own ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
History: Spider bite : One lesion , rounded red maybe a spot where the bite occurred is visible as a tiny wound. P. Ivy: History of contact with the plant? ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Leaf shape: The Ivy has a leaf shape more pointed like an arrow point.The poison oak has rounded lobed. Both have a palmate (palm like) shape with 3 leaflets orig ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
39 years experience Preventive Medicine
Plants: The shape of the leaf is the only difference. Poison ivy is a smooth border. Poison oak is rugged and shaped like an oak leaf. Both plants have bra ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not much: Poison ivy and poison oak are both plants that can cause a contact dermatitis. The rash will look the same from both of these plants.
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