Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

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.
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.

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Please answer! Could my child go to school with poison ivy?

Yes. The blisters and the fluid in them are not contagious. Only the sticky substance from the plant is a problem. Make sure you check his clothing and wash or clean off the sticky residue from them. Read more...

How can I tell if my child's rash if from being exposed to poison ivy?

Poison Ivy. Poison ivy rash- you can tell if you know that your child was playing in it or near it. The rash is usually linear..In a straight line and blistery. It will itch and the scratching can spread the poison ivy oil to other areas. If you are unsure, have your child seen as rashes are hard to diagnose without seeing them. Read more...
Blisters in patches. Poison ivy is caused by an oily substance that can pass from direct plant contact to your hands or clothes & spred to anything it touches, including baby. Itching may start in hours, but the tiny blisters may take a day to come up. Usually linear streaks occur where a tainted finger scratched by chance.Once the oil is washed away, the rash cannot be passed by contact with the skin. Read more...

What to do for poison ivy rashes?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) caladryl or calamine lotion, if it gets bad, you might need to go to doctor to get steroid injection and/ or Prednisone pills. Read more...

Can you tell me if it's easier to get rashes once you've had poison ivy? I feel more sensitive.

Yes. Poison ivy rashes are due to allergic contact dermatitis. You will have worse reactions with each encounter with poison ivy. You may also develop allergic reactions to other contact sensitizers such as nickel or certain common cosmetics. Use hypoallergenic lotions (e.g. Vanicream, Vaniply, CeraVe) and soap (Unscented Dove). Bothersome - see an allergist/immunologist or dermatologist. Read more...

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...

Do poison ivy rashes affect your face?

It can. Some of the more worrisome cases i've treated have come when kids rubbed their eyes with contaminated fingers. Read more...

Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Poison ivy. Greetings. Yes poison ivy and sumac can grow around trees and scrubs in school yards. These plants can grow anywhere. Read more...