Because it can be embarrassing and painful to touch, it is
common to want to cover poison ivy rash. Some companies also
require that the rash is covered to help prevent infection while on
Like other irritations to the skin, air is helpful to healing
poison ivy or oak rash so it's best to leave it uncovered as often
as you can. If you do cover the rash, use a sterile bandage applied
loosely so that oxygen can reach the surface of the skin. Products
like Tecnu Rash Relief Spray can
help dry oozing and promote healing. It is important to keep the
area clean so be sure to change the bandage frequently to help
reduce the risk of infection.
As always, if the area of the rash becomes very red, hot,
and feverish, or shows other signs of infection, seek medical
attention right away.