Are You Allergic To Poison Ivy, Poison Oak Or Poison Sumac?

United States
July 30, 2009 11:02am CST
It is a common misconception that everybody is allergic to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Everyone is not allergic to them, but most people are. Therefore, it is better to try to avoid them whenever possible. I have come into contact with Poison Ivy numerous times and have never had a reaction to it. I asked the doctor about it, and she said that some people will never become allergic but others will develop an allergic reaction to it over time. She said that just because I never had a reaction to it doesn't mean that I never will, but then again I might be one of the lucky ones that is immune. I was determined to be in the latter group. Unfortunately, I was doing yard work earlier in the week, and now I have a few itchy, red patches on one of my knees. They are not blisters, but I have about three small patches of itchy, red bumps on my knee. My mom thinks it is Poison Ivy, but I'm not convinced. Either way, I obviously got into something that I should probably avoid in the future, although I'm not exactly sure what it is. So my question is: Are you allergic to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Poison Sumac? If you are, do you have a small reaction (like mine) or do you have a more severe reaction where you have to take medicine for it?