Why is my poison ivy rash spreading?


If it is indeed poison ivy rash that is spreading, it sounds like you are coming in contact with the plant's oil still. How did you get the rash? Could the rash-causing oil (urushiol) be on gardening tools or gloves? Do you have a pet? Sometimes the oil will sit on your dog or cat's fur and you keep getting it from them. Could it be on the steering wheel of your car? Try to see if you can find the point of contact with the plant oil so it can be washed off and end your cycle. Tecnu Original cleanser can be used to remove the oil from these items if that may help.

See also some common questions about poison ivy and how you get the rash.