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A 54-year-old female asked:

i believe i have poison ivy?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dora Chizea
Anti-Aging Medicine 48 years experience
Itchy ...skin rash: Usually poison ivy allergy appears as itchy, red skin rash with swelling and blisters sometimes. Though there are home remedies; it might be a good idea to see PCP to identify the problem and treat appropriately.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Blisters in patches: Poison ivy is caused by an oily substance that can pass from direct plant contact to your hands or clothes & spred to anything it touches. Itching may start in hours, but the tiny blisters may take a day to come up. Usually linear streaks occur where a tainted finger scratched by chance.Once the oil is washed away, the rash cannot be passed by contact with the skin.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Circumstances: Matter. If you did not work in the garden or somehow got exposed to plants, hiking or so it is not likely that you have poison ivy even though the rash might look like a poison ivy rash. Would suggest having your physician take a look at the rash, if it does not go away in few days.

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Are there any long term effects of poison ivy exposure?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No - poison ivy causes only local contact irritation and will not cause long term issues or problems. Poison ivy causes trouble by contacting the plants sap - and its not contagious. However, people can continue to come in contact with it if you don't eradicate the plant.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long does poison ivy usually last?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Weeks: Without proper and prompt treatment, poison ivy dermatitis can last for weeks at least, and sometimes, months.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

If you get poison ivy, how do you feel?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Itchy: Poison ivy itches. A lot.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get poison ivy again after ridding of it?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Yes: Individuals who contract poison ivy are allergic to it and subsequent exposures will result in return of the rash.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why do some people say they arent allergic to poison ivy?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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, some people develop an allergy to something and others do not. Over time with more exposure, someone previously without a problem can develop it. Once there, it almost always remains though.

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