As an employer, I would be furious if one of our MTs showed up to work with poison ivy. Call and tell them you are treating it and will be back to work ASAP. Then call every day (at least once) to give updates on your progress. To be fair, let them know it will probably be another 3-5 days before you are able to work again. If they care about you and their clients, they'll work with that and not hold it against you. Taking some time off to treat this is the professional, ethical thing to do, even if you feel you could "work around it" - after all, you would refuse to work on a client that showed up with poison ivy, would you not? Why then should you continue doing massage when you have it yourself?
Jason Erickson, NCTMB, ACE-CPT, AIS-TA
Massage Therapist, Personal Trainerhttp://www.CSTMinnesota.com
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