Indirect contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac

Indirect contact with the allergenic oil in poison ivy, oak, and sumac 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.

Last Updated: May 6, 2009

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