Poison Oak contagious?

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   Posted 10/15/2013 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
rolleyes  Greetings, All. Thank You for adding me to this forum. I need advice, My husband went hunting Saturday and had a warm red area on his neck, assuming it was his binocular strap rubbing, ignored it. Then it started to itch and today he has raised blotches and very much itching. Poison Oak!! He is getting some areas on his arms and legs. It appears to be in his system now. Is it contagious? Will I get it? if so how? It has not really blistered, or any fluid has been seen, It is on the back of his neck and comes around both sides of his face and under his chin. He started his prednisone this morning at 40 mg and 20 mg at bed, for 3 days and then reduced on a schedule...I need to know about contagiousness, touching, or hugging, etc. I used to be highly allergic as a child got it every year at camp, and had shots, but barely remember now. I don't know what to do. avoid him? sleep alone? I have day surgery Thursday and am worried about getting it in my system. ANY help very much needed and appreciated, Lollypop shakehead

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   Posted 10/16/2013 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
The symptoms of poison ivy and poison oak are caused by local irritation from the sap of the plant. So you get it from direct contact or, less commonly, from molecules in the air if the area is very infested. Assuming he has showered and washed his skin thoroughly, it should not spread to anyone else. It isn't a systemic condition, so if your husband has scattered patches he either had scattered contacts with the plant or spread it himself by touch before he bathed.

So no, it doesn't spread from person to person. You can relax about that.
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   Posted 10/16/2013 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for that worry off my mind! he is so much improved today, yesterday was 60 mg pred. That stuff is amazing! I do understand the dangers, but I am happy it worked so fast! He is now comfortable again, but never slows down. I really am happy you are out there for people like me. I will get into my personal journey with my 'challenges' at a later date..Lollypop

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   Posted 10/18/2013 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad things worked out! you can always do a google search on poison oak, as well...Prayers on the day surgery...
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   Posted 10/18/2013 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It can, actually, through physical contact. I learned that the hard way by listening to my mom that poison oak isn't contagious when my sister had it. But, its only contagious until it scabs over.
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