Can a kid wrestle with poison ivy? A parent emailed me yesterday. She told me that her son had a bad case of poison ivy. The reader wanted to know if her son could wrestle with poison ivy. I decided to delve into this subject and get some answers about poison ivy and how it affects wrestling.
About Poison Ivy
The poison plants(ivy, oak, and sumac ) cause a rash when a person, who is allergic comes into contact with the plant. The rash is caused by the urushiol oil in the plants. The rash typically develops within a day of contact and can last for up to two weeks.
The good news about poison ivy is that it is NOT contagious. The bad news is that any ref or coach that sees that rash will not take any chances and most likely will not let your child wrestle with poison ivy until cleared by a doctor or the rash goes away.
Check out the article by WebMD: Poison Ivy,Oak,or Sumac – What Happens
Can Your Child Wrestle with Poison Ivy?
The short answer is no. A referee will see the rash and immediately prevent your son from wrestling. A coach and a referee’s job is to spot stuff like this and error on the side of preventing other wrestlers from catching skin diseases.
You need to take your child to a doctor. The doctor will most likely give your wrestler a topical steroid to help the rash go away quicker. The most important thing you need is a note that says your son is not contagious and is cleared to wrestle.
Poison Ivy Resources
While doing some research to see if a kid could wrestle with poison ivy, I found several links that may prove to be useful.
Last year I got a really bad case of poison ivy. It was all over my arms, face, and chest. I had read that Defense Soap helps with skin diseases and rashes I bought a bar of the soap and washed with it and within a couple of days, The rash was gone. I’m not promoting it as a cure, but in my case, the poison ivy rash was gone in two days. Normally I have the rash lasts 7-10 days
Ivy Super Dry – is a spray that contains agents that are supposed to dry the urushiol oil. I haven’t had a chance to use it since my last outbreak, but it has over 116 reviews with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser – This is an another product that removes urushiol oil. Numerous people have used this product for over 10 years. They swear that it helps prevent a poison ivy outbreak if you put it on before working outdoors.
Recognize and Treat Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and More – this is a very good article by webmd.com on how to spot poison plants and some common sense tips for prevention and treating the rash after your infected.
8 Best Poison Ivy Remedies – I didn’t realize this before writing this article, but apparently, only humans are susceptible to poison ivy. You don’t have to worry about your pets getting a rash. This article provides more tips on treating poison ivy.
10 Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy – This article talks about home remedies such as using baking soda and oatmeal to help with treatment.
Thoughts on Wrestling and Poison Ivy
Hopefully, you found this article on poison ivy useful. I wouldn’t wish poison ivy on anyone and trying to wrestle with poison ivy would be a nightmare. At the end of the day, I’m an active member of the wrestling community – and my goal is to write articles that help grow the sport of wrestling.
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