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can i cover oozing poison ivy blisters?!

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The material oozing from the blisters is simple body serum like you would have from a burn blister.The area should be kept clean and watched for redness or swelling that would indicate a secondary bacterial infection. Covering the area is fine but the site should be watched.The ooze does not spread poison ivy.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Yes: Don't try to puncture the blisters however.

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