It’s a question we get every summer! If you have poison oak or poison ivy will it spread to other people if you get in the hot tub together?
Don’t let poison oak or poison ivy ruin your fun this summer!
If you have ever been unfortunate enough to come into contact with poison oak, ivy, or sumac, then you know just how irritating and itchy they can be. These plants are found all over the United States and can cause a nasty rash if you touch them.
In this blog post, we will take a look at whether or not these plants poison can spread in a hot tub, and what kind of effects the water has on them.
The “Poison” family
There are three main types of these plants: poison oak, ivy, and sumac. All three of these plants contain a substance called urushiol, which is what causes the rash. Poison oak is found in the western United States, while ivy and sumac are found in the eastern United States. All three of these plants can cause a rash if you come into contact with them.
What to do if you get poison oak or poison ivy?
If you come in contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac the best thing to do is to immediately wash the area with soap and water. This removes the urushiol oil that causes the rash from your skin. Which will then keep it from spreading. Remember, the oil can still be on clothes or a pet! You should also avoid scratching the area, as this will only make the rash worse. If you get a rash, it is possible that it may require treatment or medical attention. Depending on the severity.
Can a poison oak rash spread in my hot tub?
False! Oak, Sumac, and Ivy will not spread in your hot tub or swimming pool. The water and the chemicals break down the urushiol oil. It is also important to note that once you rinsed the urushiol off of your body with soap and water, you will no longer be able to transmit the rash to others. This is why it is so important to wash with soap and water asap if you think you’ve come into contact with any of these plants. It will also keep you from spreading the oil around on your skin.
Why does hot tub water feel so good on my rash?
Hot water does feel good on rashes caused by oak, ivy, and sumac. This is because the hot water overloads the nerve receptors and causes a sensation that is similar to scratching. It can even cause the rash to not itch for a short while. It is important to note that this is not good for the rash. It may be good to soak in a warm bath of oatmeal to help dry the rash. Of course, you should consult with your doctor before doing any treatments for a rash.
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In conclusion, It’s good news!
No, your poison ivy rash or poison oak won’t spread in your hot tub. Your hot tub is also not a treatment for oak, sumac, or ivy rashes. You should consult with your doctor before entering a hot tub if you have one of these rashes. Your health and well-being are your top priority!
Luckily, in this day and age, there are plenty of great treatments for poison oak and rashes like it. So, you don’t have to just sit there and itch until it goes away.
Wear protective clothing when you are in the woods to protect your skin and learn how to identify the plants to minimize the risk of getting one of these itchy rashes!
Happy hot tubbing!