• Poison Ivy  and Poison Oak

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     Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are NOT contagious from person to person. The itchy blisters contain clear fluid that is the body's reaction to exposure to the plant. The fluid in the blisters can not spread the problem to another person.
    The only way this itchy, annoying problem can be spread is to actually come in contact with the oil from the plant. If the oil remains on clothes, shoes or other items then a re-occurrence of the rash may occur.
    The more serious problem with exposure to poison ivy or poison oak is a secondary infection from the scratching caused by the itching.
    As with many diseases, the best treatment is prevention.
    Before hiking, camping or just cleaning out an overgrown area in the yard- know what poison ivy and poison oak look like. If you are exposed to one of these plants- wash the area immediately with soap and water to remove the oil from your skin. Do not rub the skin briskly.
    For more information go to http://poisonivy.aesir.com/view/faq.html
     
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Last Modified on January 22, 2015