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Virginia Creeper Rash-What is it?

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Before hop into the Virginia creeper rash, let’s have a look at Virginia creeper. Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a vine variety with five clusters of leaves that combine stems, small greenish flowers and ripe violet-black berries in late summer and early autumn. Young leaves of the Virginia Creeper can divide up to three leaves, most of which have five.

Virginia creeper rash
Virginia creeper

Most publications ignored this point, saying Virginia Creeper did not contain the rash caused by Poison Ivy oil. Despite this strong statement, I have yet to find anyone who has Virginia Creepers, which cause a rash in humans, and not many people have poison ivy, which is not severe. Very few people have a reaction to Virginia creepers like the other plants in this article, but it is important to be aware of their nature and to have a strong reaction to them.

Can Virginia Creeper cause rash?

Although Virginia Creeper is not as allergic as poison ivy, the raphide juice of Virginia Creeper can cause skin irritation and blistering in sensitive people if it penetrates skin. It is more irritating or irritating than poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), which it resembles, although it can be confused with both.

Walter Walter Schrading, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham said it was important that people could identify the toxic plant to prevent allergic reactions and treat skin irritation after contact. Urushiol occurs all year round in Virginia Creeper, but the plant is brown and does not grow very fast. According to the American Skin Association, the plant causes a common allergic reaction to the skin, which affects up to 50 million Americans every year.

The three most common species of poisonous plants are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sap (pepper scum). They all produce the same resin called urushiol, which helps plants store water. The toxins in the toxic ivy oil can trigger an irritating skin reaction in many people. The reaction causes an itchy rash and sometimes marked blisters that vary in severity in people and can vary from year to year, even in the same individual. Toxic ivy reactions can be reduced by changing clothes and washing the skin with soap and water.


 A 60-year-old woman was diagnosed with a severe rash that began four days earlier. The rash began on her arms and chest and then spread to her neck, face, abdominal area, and legs. As the rash grew there were a myriad of symptoms emerged, such as burning the skin, swelling, oozing and crusting. Each of these symptoms progressed with  an increase in severity of each.

The woman said that the plant is beautiful to most people in the Midland, S.C. area where it grows, and those who aren’t allergic will develop a slow-creeping rash of burning and itching. I erupted in a terrible itchy, burning, red rash when my husband and I were both exposed to poison ivy. Toxic plants and skin inflammation caused by irritants can lead to a burning red rash that occurs within 2-5 days of exposure and may last for a week or more.

Young seedlings of the boxwood resemble poisonous ivy, in that the three leaves from which they grow become leaves with three to seven leaves. This similarity may be confused with poison ivy, but there are notable differences. Poisonous ivy vines sprout small opaque white-yellowish berries that look like tiny pumpkins.


The treatment of phytodermatitis from Virginia creeper and poison ivy includes oral and topical corticosteroids. It can be combined with antihistamines if the patient continues to suffer from itching, but these drugs are not effective against the itching associated with allergic contact dermatitis. The rash usually dissolves in 1 to 3 weeks and the patient does not require further monitoring.  The patient should be educated about identifying and avoiding Virginia Creeper to prevent future resuscitation.

 If patients are suffering from phytodermatitis most healthcare professionals immediately suspect that they have come in contact with Toxicodendron species because of its widespread prevalence. If patients are certain they haven’t had contact with the 3-leaved plants It is crucial to investigate other causes of culprit, like 5-leaved Virginia creeper.


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