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How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

How can you tell the rash of poison ivy or poison oak? Are they contagious and how does it last? And how long does it itch?

Continuing exposure.: The resin from the poison ivy/oak can continue to cause you problem. Be sure to wash off anything which has touched the poison ivy with a laundry detergent to rid of the resin. Don not overlook the gloves, boots, or even your car's floor mat. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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I have poison oak and poison ivy. Is the rash contagious to others and could it be spread on my body by scratching or simple contact?

I have poison oak and poison ivy. Is the rash contagious to others and could it be spread on my body by scratching or simple contact?

Not contagious: Usually poison ivy/oak is not contagious unless you still have the substance from the plant on you and then touch someone else. But just having the rash won't spread to someone else. Good health. ...Read more

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What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

What's good to cure rash from poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison Ivy: The best therapy is a prolonged dose of oral steroids, typically 10 or more days. Tapering steroid packs such as a 10 or 13 day "dexpak" is most effective. Shorter durations of steroids will often result in return of the rash. ...Read more

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Is poison ivy and poison oak contagious days after you get the rash? Can it spread on my own body once I have it?

Not contagious: This is a delayed type allergic reaction to the chemicals in the plants. It is not contagious and would not spread on your body once the initial exposure is removed. ...Read more

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Can poison oak and poison ivy get through long sleeves and pants?

Can poison oak and poison ivy get through long sleeves and pants?

Yes: Clothing is not an effective barrier, especially if one sweats. Wearing vinyl gloves under garden gloves can help. ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Leaf shape: The Ivy has a leaf shape more pointed like an arrow point.The poison oak has rounded lobed. Both have a palmate (palm like) shape with 3 leaflets originating from a central stem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

What is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Plants: The shape of the leaf is the only difference. Poison ivy is a smooth border. Poison oak is rugged and shaped like an oak leaf. Both plants have bracts of 3 leaves. Both cause blister like rashes to hands and skin. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Is there any difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Poison ivy vs. oak: Poison ivy and oak are two different planst which have an oil whic causes an allergic rash. The characteristic rash you see is the result of your own body's response to the oil, not the particular plant. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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