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Doctor insights on: Can Poison Ivy Poisoning Spread Internally

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Can poison ivy poisoning spread internally?

Can poison ivy poisoning spread internally?

Yes -- if vaporized: If poison ivy is burned, the oils vaporize, and you breathe it in -- yes, you can have internal poison ivy reactions which could be very dangerous. Sometimes this can happen accidentally, like when clearing a yard in winter, that you don't realize has poison ivy vines on trees, etc. (i've seen it happen.) poison ivy just on your skin will not "spread" internally, though. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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How long can poison ivy spread?

How long can poison ivy spread?

Poison ivy: Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash include: redness, itching, swelling, blisters, often, the rash looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may be more spread out. ...Read more

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How to stop the spread of poison ivy?

How to stop the spread of poison ivy?

Make sure all the: Urushiol is cleaned off of skin, gear, clothes, boots, etc. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy spread from person to person?

Right after: Poison ivy is body's allergic reaction to the plant, so right after the exposure if you have it on your body or your clothes technically the other person who touches it can get it, but after you washed it off - no, it is just an allergic reaction and is not contagious ...Read more

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Does poison ivy spread from one person to another?

Possibly: If the person is still contaminated with poison ivy (on his body or clothing) it would be similar to a direct contact with it yourself. However if the person is free of poison ivy agent on his body or clothing, the rash itself cannot be transmitted to another person. ...Read more

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I have poison ivy and i'm worried it will spread on me further as well as my children catching it. Do i need to continue being cautious?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy will cause a rash where the plant touched your skin. I would recommend taking a shower and washing your skin completely. The skin rash will not spread past the area contacted and is not contagious to others. ...Read more

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Could poison ivy on a penis spread?

Could poison ivy on a penis spread?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy spreads by contact so any part of your body you touch after handling your penis can be affected. ...Read more

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Is poison ivy contagious and does scratching help to spread it?

Is poison ivy contagious and does scratching help to spread it?

Cleaning: Poison ivy is not contagious but you may be getting them repeatedly from contaminated clothing and gear. Be sure to use detergents on these items otherwise it will come back like freddy. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more

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For what length of time can poison ivy spread for once the oil gets onto you?

For what length of time can poison ivy spread for once the oil gets onto you?

Few hours to weeks: The oil, urushiol, is what causes the symptoms. Once you come into contact with it, your symptoms may take hours up to 3 week to develop depending on the person. The oil may be carried on your clothes or under fingernails. It is not passed on from person to person and is not contagious. ...Read more