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Can poison oak be lethal if it gets into the bloodstream?
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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Poison oak
Generally results in an intense contact dermatitis with rah and itching.
More serious allergic reactions can occur and may affect breathing but it is not truly a poison that gets into the blood. It starts an autoimmune response in the body.

In brief: Poison oak
Generally results in an intense contact dermatitis with rah and itching.
More serious allergic reactions can occur and may affect breathing but it is not truly a poison that gets into the blood. It starts an autoimmune response in the body.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Dr. Steven Saunders
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Dr. David Menchell
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Poison Oak risks
Poison oak contains a chemical found in the leaves, stems and roots, whch binds to the skin after touching the plant, triggering a contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
The rash is usually itchy, red, swollen and can blister and ooze. The chemical does not get into the bloodstream and the reaction is not usually fatal, however burning the plant and inhaling the fumes can cause lung damage.

In brief: Poison Oak risks
Poison oak contains a chemical found in the leaves, stems and roots, whch binds to the skin after touching the plant, triggering a contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
The rash is usually itchy, red, swollen and can blister and ooze. The chemical does not get into the bloodstream and the reaction is not usually fatal, however burning the plant and inhaling the fumes can cause lung damage.
Dr. David Menchell
Dr. David Menchell
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