Can People Transmit The Poison Ivy Rash

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The poison ivy plant is one of the most frequent problems that parents have to be cautious of and spend a good deal of time making sure that their children know how they are able to identify it. But even this sometimes is not sufficient to keep them from it. Each year it seems that our children find themselves all over it and before we realize it they have broken out in a horrible rash.

When this occurs many of us don the rubber gloves and keep the kids who are not affected away from them. It is better if we simply have one child to treat then two or three. But is this actually necessary? Is the poison ivy rash infectious.

Numerous of us would say that it is because most of the frequent skin rashes are. What individuals do not understand is that it is only contagious when the skin or any item that has come into contact with the plant has traces of urushiol on it and it touches somebody else’s skin.

Urushiol oil is the substance that is held within the poison ivy plant. It goes through the entire plant – but can only be discovered when a piece of the plant has been broken open. Still, though it might not be seen on the leaves of the plant it can be transmitted to individuals when they come into contact with them.

Contrasting to popular belief the liquid that comes from the poison ivy blisters that have broken open do not have the ability to cause someone to break out into rashes and blisters.

Although poison ivy is not contagious it is easier to directly clean the infectious child as well as the clothes that they were wearing at the time. This will make sure that all of the urushiol oil has been removed and cannot come into contact with anyone else.