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Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Poison Ivy
Poison ivy rash is not contagious.
Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil -- the sticky, resinlike substance that causes the rash -- has been left on your hands.

In brief: Poison Ivy
Poison ivy rash is not contagious.
Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil -- the sticky, resinlike substance that causes the rash -- has been left on your hands.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes.
Contrary to popular belief, poison ivy is not contagious - it's an allergic reaction to the oil in the plant.
However, make sure that's what it is -- several other rashes, some of which are contagious, look like poison ivy sometimes. Your dermatologist will know the difference.

In brief: Yes.
Contrary to popular belief, poison ivy is not contagious - it's an allergic reaction to the oil in the plant.
However, make sure that's what it is -- several other rashes, some of which are contagious, look like poison ivy sometimes. Your dermatologist will know the difference.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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