Poison Ivy: Remedies and Tips

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Poison Ivy. Even typing it makes me itchy. It’s amazing that wildlife actually enjoys this plant that makes most of us pretty miserable. Many of the same treatments and tips can be used for poison oak and sumac too. First, NEVER burn these plants. The sap contains a chemical called urushiol that causes the rash, blisters and itching. Though it’s INSIDE the plant, they are damaged easily by animals, humans, wind, or weather and when we come into contact with the plant the sap gets on our skin. Beware though—long sleeves and pants may protect your skin but when you touch the material that has been into contact with the sap you will have a reaction as well. It’s tough stuff! It can remain potent for a year and often even longer if it’s not washed off. The best thing is to avoid all three plants whenever possible. Sometimes this is just impossible for whatever reason. Here are some tips to consider once you know you’ve been in contact.

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