Poison Ivy can spread more quickly than expected. In fact, during your typical walk in the woods you may unfortunately walk back with a new devastating disease. This will only occur when you do not know to expect of poison ivy.
Poison ivy is quite contagious and it can spread rapidly all over your body. The most common way to contract this rash is by touching the plant itself. You do not even need to rub the plant; one touch will do the trick. However, this is not the only way you can spread the rash. It is so extremely contagious that you can contract it simply by touching something else that has touched it such as clothing.
This is an extremely rare way in which a person can catch the harmful affects of poison ivy. If wood is burning that contains pieces of the harmful substance than its poison is released into the smoke. This can be a very dangerous form of poison ivy, so much so that it can send its receiver to the hospital.
Immunity to the disease is also a possibility in a few select people. However, this is a very rare possibility. Also, if a person is immune to poison ivy they run the risk of growing out of it. For this reason everyone should be as equally cautious of the plant.
The disease initially occurs in once location. However, it can spread rather quickly. When this occurs it can be frighteningly scary and hard to painful at times. You should be careful so as not to touch the infected location so that you do not spread it across the entirety of your body.
The number thing an infected person will want to avoid is taking a warm shower. This is because warm water causes your pores to open and poison ivy contains harmful oils in which it infects the body. With all of the pores to the body open the oils can spread rather quickly. What you do want to do instead to rub alcohol over the infected area in order to kill off the harmful oils. However, you are only allotted a six hour window in which this is possible. After this six hour period all of the oils have already soaked into the skin and you will no longer have the opportunity to kill it.
Mild cases of poison ivy can end in just one week. However, the more intense cases can take up to three weeks to completely go away. This can be a very long time to wait when you are having sincere pain due to itching. Prescription medication can help to make the rash go away more quickly than over the counter medication. This type of medication also can help ease the pain more quickly.
You will always want to avoid poison ivy whenever possible. However, in the case in which contact does occur you will want to be sure you know exactly what to do. Also, you will want to know exactly what not to do so that you can make it go away as fast as possible.