From: "Patricia Kaczorowski"
Date: 2006-07-12 17:07:27 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] poison ivy
Poison ivy is not contagious from the person, only the plant oil getting on
you. The oil can stay on items- clothing, tools, etc for a long time. Those
items can be a source of spread. Using rubbing alcohol and water to wash
anything that came in contact with the plant, and the same for our skin when
you first came in contact with it. Don't forget your shoes- walking through
the plant, then taking your shoes off can be a source of the contact.
The skin lesions, and even small blisters are not a source of the oil- just
your bodies allergic response. It may take days for all the areas you were
exposed to react, but unless there is a source ( like a jacket, or your
shoes, the plant itself, maybe under your nails ?) for repetitive contact,
the spread on your own skin is not from you spreading it by touching the
rash- but only from where the original plant oils got on you.
However, it is not a problem for other animals. at least I am pretty sure it
>I would like to know if my ferrets can get poison ivy from me? I have been
> trying to be carefull but now its getting bad. Getting med. tomorrow for
> I have one ferret that always gives me baths and wakes me in morning by
> bathing me . I been trying to keep her away as much as possible. Just do
> not want
> her to get sick. Thanks Carol L.
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