Is poison ivy or oak rash contagious?


The rash is a reaction to the initial contact with the urushiol oil, the rash cannot pass from person to person.  You can't spread the poison ivy rash by coming into contact with a person who has it, unless that person has urushiol on their skin.  You can, however, pick it up by touching a pet that has gotton the poison ivy or oak on its fur or by touching garden tools or clothes that have come in contact with the plant.

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