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Long Term Effects Of Poison Ivy
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poison Ivy: About 50% of people who come in contact with poison ivy or poison oak develop an itchy rash. Usually this begins within 12-24 hours after contact -- sooner if more urushiol (the plant oil that causes the reaction) gets on your skin, or if you're very sensitive to it. Even more severe reactions are possible if the plant is burned and you inhale it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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