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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Poison Ivy

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Are there any long term effects of poison ivy exposure?

Are there any long term effects of poison ivy exposure?

Yes: Occasionally, people who have reacted to poison oak will begin to have allergic reactions to fruits in the same plant family. Poison oak, poison ivy, mango, cashew, and pistachio all belong to the plant family "anacardiaceae". A reaction to poison oak can lead to future reactions to mangoes. So, it is best to avoid poison oak and poison ivy, even if one has never suffered a reaction previously. ...Read more

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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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 long does poison ivy to itch?

How long does poison ivy to itch?

Depends: For some the itch lasts for a couple of days for others the itch and rash can last for weeks. ...Read more

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How long is poison ivy contagious?

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 happens if you were to breathe poison ivy smoke, how long would the symptoms take to show. Would it be hours?

Lung irritation: Burning poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac releases an oil, urushiol, when the leaf or other plant parts are bruised, damaged. It can be very dangerous because the allergens can be inhaled, causing lung irritation. It can cause adult respiratory distress syndrome that can result in death. There are special respirators for workers that may be exposed (e.g. Fire fighters). ...Read more

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How long does it take for poison ivy to run its course. The old wives tale is 3 to come and 4 to go; how accurate is that?

See details: It depends on the severity of the involvement. Poison ivy is easily treated with a tapering course of prednisone. Why wait until it clears spontaneously unless the skin involvement is minor. ...Read more

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How long should poison ivy last?

Usually a week or so: For most cases, the rash should subside within a couple of weeks provided there is no further contact. Topical steroid hastens the recovery. The most important step would be washing all objects which might have touched the ivy with laundry detergent . Else the ivy resin will keep on causing problems for many months to come. ...Read more

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How long does poison ivy usually last?

Weeks: Without proper and prompt treatment, poison ivy dermatitis can last for weeks at least, and sometimes, months. ...Read more

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Prolonged poison ivy symptoms, what causes this?

Prolonged poison ivy symptoms, what causes this?

Posion ivy : Poison ivy symptoms normally begin 12-48 hours after contact with the plant oils and can last 2-3 weeks! Often the rash gets worse before it gets better. If the rash persists beyond 2-3 weeks or you develop oozing blisters, pus or fever see a Dr as the skin may have become infected requiring antibiotics. ...Read more