What symptoms does poison ivy cause?
Touching the oil of the poison ivy plant can cause a very irritating rash. This can come from directly touching the plant or from touching other items that came in contact with it, such as sporting or camping equipment, gardening tools, shoes, clothes or pet fur.
It can take up to two days for the rash to develop if you’ve had a reaction before, or up to two weeks if you haven’t. The reaction usually starts with itching, redness and swelling and sometimes is followed by tiny pimples or blisters.
The rash from poison ivy cannot spread from person to person because the rash itself, including any pimples or blisters, does not contain poison ivy oil.
Burning poison ivy can make smoke that irritates the eyes, skin, nose and throat and makes breathing difficult. These symptoms can be severe.