I wrote this with the desire to address a common summertime condition: poison ivy. Edited out was the admonition: Never swing on a hairy vine. In the southeastern US, poison ivy grows into huge vines which are easy to identify as they are covered in a hairy coating. I’ve seen people come in with a horrible rash on the hands due to a desire to look like Tarzan. Bad idea.
The biggest misconception about contact dermatitis is that you can catch it from someone else’s rash. The rash is allergic and can’t be “caught.” The oil causes the problem.
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