A 22-year-old male asked:
my boyfriend had poison ivy then it turned into impetigo. could i get it? we sleep together and i'm the one putting the creams on his skin!
3 doctor answers
Dr. Ravi Chand answered
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.
Answered on Jan 6, 2015
Dr. Martin Raff answered
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Question unclear: You will not get the poison ivy if he has washed his skin thorougly. Impetigo is caused by either streptococcus pyogenes or staphylococcus aureus, organisms normally on the skin that entered through the excoriated areas of poison ivy. You are already colonized with these and unless you have open breaks in the skin are unlikely to become ill. Good luck.
Answered on Sep 8, 2013
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