Symptoms of Poison Ivy
Symptoms appearance depends on the person’s sensitivity as well as the extent or severity of exposure. The rash usually starts within a day or two after the initial exposure, but sometimes it can be delayed for several days. The initial symptoms include itchy blisters or bumps, and curved lines of red. These symptoms may continue for several days, and can last for up to 2-3 weeks depending on the severity of the rash and the body’s reaction to absorption of urushiol.
It may seem as if the rash is spreading. This is only due to the initial urushiol which can spread and fluids in blisters do not contain any bacteria or chemicals that aid spreading. The rash is simply a part of the body’s reaction to the allergen. In some cases, the airways, eyes and lungs may be affected if a person has been exposed to smoke emanating from burning poison ivy plants.