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What are the differences between poison ivy and impetigo?

What are the differences between poison ivy and impetigo?

Allergy vs infection: Poison ivy is an allergic reaction, not contagious and will resolve over time even if untreated. After each addition exposure to poison ivy (or poison oak), the reaction is stronger. Impetigo is an infection, typically due to staph aureus, and is contagious. Impetigo needs to be treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more


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My boyfriend had poison ivy then it turned into impetigo. Could i get it? We sleep together and i'm the one putting the creams on his skin!

My boyfriend had poison ivy then it turned into impetigo. Could i get it?  We sleep together and i'm the one putting the creams on his skin!

Immune: Its unlikely, your immune response is different from your boyfriend, you would most likely have got it by now if you were too. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between poison ivy and infantigo?

Impetigo: Impetigo is from an infection and does not itch. It may be transmitted to others. Poison ivy is intensely itchy and may blister and occurs only hours and days after contacting poison ivy/oak. ...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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Spider bite or poison ivy, how can I tell the difference?

Spider bite or poison ivy, how can I tell the difference?

History: Spider bite : One lesion , rounded red maybe a spot where the bite occurred is visible as a tiny wound. P. Ivy: History of contact with the plant? Gardening? Diffuse area covering multiple areas of a hand, arm, leg etc. Intense itch. If unsure see a physician. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any differences between poison oak and poison ivy?

Please let me know if there is any differences between poison oak and poison ivy?

Difference in leaf: The poison ivy is leaf is composed of three parts on the same level each the shape of an arrow head. See www.Poisoncontrol.Org on their plant section for a picture. If you flatten the sharp edges and make the leaves rounded like a pin oak you have the poison oak. The sumak is a long multipart fron that resembles more of a fern than a regular plant leaf, its small leaflets are similar ti the ivy. ...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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What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Not much: Poison ivy and poison oak are both plants that can cause a contact dermatitis. The rash will look the same from both of these plants. ...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

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How do I tell the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

Plant allergy: Poison ivy has leaves of 3 and smooth edges. Poison oak has leaves of 3 and has rough edges like an oak leaf. They both cause blister like rashes to skin. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between poison oak and poison ivy?

The plant involved: These are two different plants ; both produce the rheus antigen responsible for the identical contact dermatitis. The leaves of the plant are similar in appearance, with the p.Oak leaf remaining rounded at its edge where the p.Ivy leaf comes to a sharp point. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison ivy: There is very little difference in the reactions caused by poison ivy and poison oak. Both typically require 10 or more days of oral steroids followed by a steroid taper (a 13 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak is a reasonable choice). See your pcp for this. ...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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What is the difference between heat rash and poison ivy?

What is the difference between heat rash and poison ivy?

Vast: Ivy dermatitis is an allergic reaction present only on areas exposed to the sap of the plant. Itching is intense and blisters are common. Ivy dermatitis shows lines and patterns. Heat rash is diffuse and symmetrical. It is much less itchy. Blisters are not usually present. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between poison ivy, poison oak?

Same allergy: Both poison ivy and poison oak.Contain the same allergen which can cause contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals. The reaction and treatment are the same. ...Read more