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 the job.
Like other irritations to the skin, air is helpful to healing
poison ivy or oak rash so it 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. 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