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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

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One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...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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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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Can you tell me how long does poison ivy/oak rash last?

Can you tell me how long does poison ivy/oak rash last?

Poison Ivy Symptoms.: Mild cases can last 5 to 12 days. In severe cases the symptoms may last a month or longer. ...Read more

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Best at-home/OTC ways to treat rash/itching from poison ivy/oak? How long typically for rash to go away?

Best at-home/OTC ways to treat rash/itching from poison ivy/oak? How long typically for rash to go away?

See below: If you are sure, it is poison ivy, you use over the counter corticosteroid cream. You may wish to consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-treatment ...Read more

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How long is poison ivy contagious?

It is not contagious: But if you spread the urushiol - it will spread the poison ivy. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.). ...Read more

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After contracting poison ivy, how long does it take for to not be contagious anymore?

It is not contagious: I agree w dr. Chiu. Urushiol (offending chemical in poison ivy) remains potent for over a year. So it is imperattive that you wash any tools, clothes, boots, etc that have been in contact with ivy. Wash skin asap. There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off very effectively. You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove the urushiol. ...Read more

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What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash. ...Read more

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Poison ivy or oak, how to tell the difference?

Poison ivy or oak, how to tell the difference?

Look the same: These are both contact dermatitis and they will look the same. There is no way to tell the difference. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between poison ivy or oak?

How can I tell the difference between poison ivy or oak?

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

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I got into some poison ivy or oak. Is there anything I can do to not get it?

Wash: The location promptly along with any clothing that may have contacted, cortisone cream will limit ...Read more

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How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

How are poison ivy or oak rashes different?

Similar: Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can all cause allergic contact dermatitis. Since the rashes will all look the same, to determine which rhus plant it was, it will mean taking a walk and trying to identify the specific plant. Look but don't touch! ...Read more

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Whats the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction. ...Read more

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What does a poison ivy or oak rash look like?

What does a poison ivy or oak rash look like?

Ooey, gooey, itchy: Blisters filled with yellow fluid on a very red base. When the blisters leak or break everything gets sticky. As they dry the whole thing gets crusty. See photo. ...Read more

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How soon does poison ivy or oak take to act up after u got into it?

Start with this link: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/understanding-poison-ivy-oak-sumac-basics

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Hives randomly appeared on left arm and spread to stomach and chest, not poison ivy or oak concerned help tried benedril?

Hives randomly appeared on left arm and spread to stomach and chest, not poison ivy or oak concerned help tried benedril?

See derm: What you're describing could be one of any number of things if it is true hives should have responded somewhat two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) i would see your doctor to have it looked at you can start with your primary doctor but if you can go to a dermatologist that would be best to proper diagnosis and treatment plan can be implemented. ...Read more

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What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak? Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

What's the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?  Are they in all parts of the u.S.?

Poison Ivy: Everywhere in the us and southern canada except the far west, deserts and at high altitude. In the west they have poison oak, which is very similar. Both love roadsides and edges of fields. And certainly into southern canada and northern mexico as well. ...Read more

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Cures for poison ivy and oak?

Cures for poison ivy and oak?

See below: mild cases can probably be treated with a steroid cream. severe cases usually require oral steroids. ...Read more

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Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Poison oak and poison ivy the same thing?

Yes: Poison ivy (in eastern us), oak (in western us), sumac (in eastern us) are 3 species in the genus toxicodendron or rhus which all produce urushiol oil, the substance that in sensitive individuals produces contact dermatitis. Urushiol is very stable and can be blown on leaf particles into contact with the skin or carried on clothing for over a year so dermatitis can occur without plant contact. ...Read more

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