A 22-year-old male asked:
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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!

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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.
Answered on Jan 6, 2015
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Dr. Martin Raff
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
Dr. Sunita Kanumury
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Poison ivy is caused by urshoil that on contact with skin can causes contact dermatiti as long as the oil is active it can spread.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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