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Re: contagious?

Subject: Re: contagious?
Author: Sabrina
Date: 5/25/2008 6:41 pm
Views: 4152
Status: Approved
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It is not contagious to other people unless at the point of contact with the plant the person who touched the plant touched you. Yes it can stay on a partical of clopthing for up to 5 years but if you wash it then its gone. If he did not take a bath or shower the night he slept on your bed then there is a chance that the oil is on your sheets. If this is the case wash them right away. Some people have a tolerance to the poisons. For example out of my 4 kids who all touched and played in the plants only 2 of them broke out. it was the 2 that have sensitive skin and some skin allergies like Ecxema. Just apply Calamine lotion to relieve the itch and if it is getting on his face and becoming unbearable take him to the doctor to get a steroid to bring it down and over the counter Benedryl to help him sleep better at night. good luck.

contagious? (Approved)Michelle5/16/2008 10:51 pm
  Re: contagious? (Approved)Sabrina5/25/2008 6:41 pm