Poison Ivy,Oak,or Sumac - What Increases Your Risk
People in certain jobs or
with outdoor hobbies have an increased risk for contact with
poison ivy, oak, or sumac and the resulting rash
(allergic contact dermatitis ). These people include:
- Forest firefighters
and forestry workers.
- Electrical linemen.
- People who
- Maintenance workers in parks, gardens, and
- Hikers, campers, rafters, kayakers, and fishermen.
Your risk of having a reaction to poison ivy, oak, or sumac and the
severity of your
allergic reaction depend mainly on your age and on the
extent of the first contact or first few contacts with the plant. Other
influences include physical activity and immune system function.
Some studies show that how allergic you are to the plants may be