Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Poison Ivy

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC; Deborah Hollimon, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC


Dermatology Nursing 

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The lesions are most commonly found on exposed areas of the skin, which come in contact with the poison ivy. Faces, forearms, and hands are common areas for ACD. The location of lesion eruption corresponds to the allergen. For example, hair products and jewelry cause ACD on the scalp and ears while poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac usually produce lesions on the arms and hands (Habif, 2004).


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