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Is Poison Ivy Contagious?
Is Poison Ivy contagious? No, if someone you know has a rash from poison ivy, you cannot "catch" poison ivy from touching them or their rash. However, there are ways that you can "catch" poison ivy without touching the plant.
One of the most common "surprise" ways that people get poison ivy is from pets. If your dog or cat walks through poison ivy they will not get a rash or itch from it. However, once the Urushiol oil (the "poison" in poison ivy) gets on their fur, it will transfer to you when you touch your pet. So if you have poison ivy in your back yard and you've gotten poison ivy even though you stayed away from it, it's probably coming from your dog or cat when they run through it.
Another common way to get poison ivy is from garden tools. If you go out in the early spring and trim hedges, and there happens to be a poison ivy vine in that area the oil will get on your tools. A drop of Urushiol oil smaller than a grain of salt will give most people a rash. So, you put your tools away and the next day you wake up with a rash that's why. The most sinister part of poison ivy is that the oil will stay active for up to five years on tools. Some people who say "I get poison ivy every Spring" are getting it because it's on their tools and every time they go out and use those tools they're coming in contact with Urushiol, even if they stay far away from poison ivy plants.
You should never use a weed whacker on poison ivy. The weed whacker will chop up the leaves and vine of the poison ivy plant but it will also shoot droplets of Urushiol all over and can hit you in the legs, arms and face. Even if it only gets on your pants and shoes, once you touch those, you'll get poison ivy.
Summer Dangers - Summer Solutions
For many people these long, hot days of summer are the best days of the year, long, lazy days in the backyard, at the lake or “down the shore”. Unfortunately, summer also brings some real dangers: Sun burn, poison ivy, and ticks that can ruin days, weeks and even months of your summer. We can’t eliminate all of those dangers but we do have solutions for some of them.
If you’re allergic to poison ivy (and 89% of all people are) then you know the misery of the itching, swelling, and blistering that goes along with a poison ivy attack. Poison ivy is a vicious weed that grows all over our area. Poison Ivy contains Urushiol oil in its stems and on its leaves. The Urushiol is what causes the allergic reaction. Once that oil gets on your skin it usually takes 24 hours for the bumps and itching to start. Poison ivy is not contagious once the rash breaks out, but if you have the oil on your hands and touch someone else, or if your pet has the oil on her fur and you touch your pet, the infection will spread. The oil is so potent that even if you get it on your shoes, clothes, or garden tools, it can infect you for up to five years when you touch
those tools, clothes, or shoes again.
The best way to protect yourself from poison ivy is to know how to identify it and if it is growing on your property, have it removed. Spraying an herbicide will stop it from growing but the Urushiol will remain active in the “dead” stems and leaves for years, leaving you prone to infection. “Weed Whacking” will only chop it up and shoot the oil all over your lawn, shoes, and legs. The safest way to solve the problem is to have a professional come in and remove it.
Fortunately, in this area, Poison Ivy Gone (PoisonIvyGone.com - (888)-664-8966 / (888)- NOIVY-NOW) is a national leader in poison ivy removal. Based in Oakland, NJ, Poison Ivy Gone serves our area and removes poison ivy by hand, digging it out beneath ground level. They will come to your property, identify the poison ivy, and try to determine where it’s coming from. Then they’ll explain the best way to remove it, and how to prevent it from coming back. Because poison ivy is a weed that drops seeds frequently during the year, they also offer maintenance plans to come and remove any new growth that might occur after the initial removal.