Poison Ivy – Leaves of Three Leave it Be!

I have come up against the dreaded plant and it has rendered me an itchy, blotchy mess.  I do know what it looks like and I do know my yard is infested, but I thought I was being careful-oh well!

Do you know what poison ivy looks like?

If that’s not enough the New York State Department of Transportation has some very useful tips for identifying poisonous plants including poison ivy, and poison sumac.

Like me even if you do recognize it and try to avoid it you may suffer the consequences of coming in contact with the plant or the residual resins.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians you can contract a poison ivy rash:

  • When your skin touches the poison ivy plant itself.
  • When your skin touches any shoes or clothing that touched the plant.
  • When your skin touches gardening tools that have touched the plant.
  • When your hands touch the fur or skin of a pet that has touched poison ivy.
  • When you’re exposed to smoke from a burning poison ivy plant. The plant’s oil is contained within the smoke.

The FDA has a publication, “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants” that describes how to recognize the plant, prevention, and treatment.

Visit MedlinePlus for more information about poison ivy.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services

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