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Can poison ivy poisoning spread internally?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes -- if vaporized
If poison ivy is burned, the oils vaporize, and you breathe it in -- yes, you can have internal poison ivy reactions which could be very dangerous.
Sometimes this can happen accidentally, like when clearing a yard in winter, that you don't realize has poison ivy vines on trees, etc. (i've seen it happen.) poison ivy just on your skin will not "spread" internally, though.

In brief: Yes -- if vaporized
If poison ivy is burned, the oils vaporize, and you breathe it in -- yes, you can have internal poison ivy reactions which could be very dangerous.
Sometimes this can happen accidentally, like when clearing a yard in winter, that you don't realize has poison ivy vines on trees, etc. (i've seen it happen.) poison ivy just on your skin will not "spread" internally, though.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
However, it is possible to have an "id reaction" or autoeczematization.
This represents a generalized acute skin reaction and can occur from a variety of stimuli, including infectious, contact allergens, and inflammatory skin conditions.

In brief: No
However, it is possible to have an "id reaction" or autoeczematization.
This represents a generalized acute skin reaction and can occur from a variety of stimuli, including infectious, contact allergens, and inflammatory skin conditions.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: No
The reaction poison ivy "rhus" antigen affects only the skin structures that it comes in direct contact with;either primarily with plant contact or secondarily thru a scratch from contaminated fingers or clothing.
The weeping material from leasons do not spred the problem. A good soapy wash after exposure limits breakouts by removing the stimulous. I'm not aware of the effect if you eat it.

In brief: No
The reaction poison ivy "rhus" antigen affects only the skin structures that it comes in direct contact with;either primarily with plant contact or secondarily thru a scratch from contaminated fingers or clothing.
The weeping material from leasons do not spred the problem. A good soapy wash after exposure limits breakouts by removing the stimulous. I'm not aware of the effect if you eat it.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
What if the poison ivy vines are burned, vaporized, and inhaled?
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
In brief: No
Only if you get it in your mouth.

In brief: No
Only if you get it in your mouth.
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