Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Poison Ivy

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


Dermatology Nursing 

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Normal Course

The lesions will continue to evolve from papules to vesicles, ultimately opening, draining, then crusting. As long as no secondary bacterial infection develops, and further exposure does not occur, the lesions should clear within 12–14 days. Lichenification and scarring may develop from excessive scratching (Habif, 2004).


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