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Poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac all contain the same allergenic oil, urushiol.
There was one exeriment (not a clinical study) where a researcher rubbed leaves of poison oak, ivy and sumac on the backs of volunteers. The rashes on each volunteer were all about the same.
You can't tell the difference between a poison ivy rash, a poison oak rash, or a poison oak rash.
The yellow yuck is the clear plasma from your blood stream. The blisters have thin skins and break easily. Chemicals, including histamine, cause the plasma to continue to seep out, so the area continues to drip—making a huge mess.
Sometimes this is all the rash that shows up, but often it keeps getting worse until it resembles the rash on the right.
You can never tell how long a poison ivy rash or poison oak rash will last, but often it takes a week to get worse, and another week to heal.
It looks like the blisters near the ankle have crusted over and the rash is on the downturn swing.
It looks like this woman scratched her face with three fingers that were contaminated with the poison oak or poison ivy allergenic oil.
It would help if the oil was a bright color, so we could spot it on our skin.
The face is one of the worse places to have a poison oak or poison ivy rash. You just feel crappy.
Fingers often get poison oak and poison ivy rashes, because we might have accidentally grabbed a branch, but the rash is usually not real bad.
The palm side of hands and soles of the feet almost never develop a rash. Tough skin doesn't allow the allergenic oil to be easily absorbed.
This rash is relatively new, because the blisters are fresh and full. Soon they will burst.
There is no allergenic oil in the blisters, so when it leaks onto the skin, it cannot spread the rash.
This fun book talks a lot about poison oak & poison ivy rashes.
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