Indirect Contact With Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac
Indirect contact with the allergenic oil in Reference poison ivy, oak, and sumac Opens New Window can occur from contact with:
- Sporting equipment, such as fishing rods, balls, baseball bats and gloves, and hockey sticks.
- Lawn and gardening tools, such as lawn mower handles, rakes, and gardening gloves.
- Clothing and shoes, such as gloves, pants, or footwear that have brushed against the plant.
- Pet fur. Although animals do not get a rash when they are exposed to poison ivy, they can carry the oil on their fur, where it may be spread to people who pet them.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine