This is partly true, partly myth. The poison ivy rash itself is not contagious, according to the Dermatology Clinic at UAMS. Neither will fluid from the blisters of a poison ivy rash spread poison ivy. A poison ivy rash is caused by contact with urushiol, the oil from the leaves of the poison ivy plant. Only urushiol can cause a poison ivy rash.
Typically by the time a rash has appeared, the urushiol oil is no longer present on the skin. However, poison ivy can be transmitted when urushiol on one person’s skin or clothing, an animal’s fur, or even on an inanimate object rubs off onto another person’s skin, causing them to develop the poison ivy rash.
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