Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is common in blighted urban areas, it produces urushiol oil, when touched the oil causes a delayed painful rash that lasts up to two weeks

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    I touched poison ivy… now what?

    Wash any skin that came in contact with poison ivy with cold water and soap  as soon as possible

    Wash any clothing that came in contact with poison ivy

    Wash any tools that came in contact with poison ivy

    It takes 4-12 days for the rash to appear

    What’s the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

    Poison oak is a type of poison ivy that’s three leaves look like oak trees

    Often poison oak don’t grow as vines, instead growing in clumps

    NEVER burn poison ivy

    Urushiol, the oil in poison ivy that causes skin irritation get released when burned and  can be inhaled causing the rash on the inside of lungs, that can be fatal

    How to Identify poison ivy

    “leaves of three, let it be.” The easiest way to identify poison ivy is by its three leafs, all coming off of one stem

    Poison ivy is starts in small clumps before growing into a woody vine that grows 10 to 20 feet

    Poison ivy often has shinny leaves

    Where does poison ivy grow?

    Poison ivy thrives in disrupted areas, abandoned lots, along sidewalks, old fence lines and roadsides are all appealing places to poison Ivy

    Poison ivy thrives in sandy areas

    How do I know if I have poison ivy?

    4-12 days after touching poison ivy, a red rash in the affected area will develop, it often occurs in lines and does not spread, even when it produces fluid. It is extremely itchy

    Anything that has come in contact with poison ivy and isn’t washed can transfer the rash causing oil urushiol, even weeks after it was contaminated, in this way many suffer from poison ivy via indirect contact

    What about poison sumac?

    Poison sumac has no relation to poison ivy though produces the same type of rash

    It is very uncommon in cities and densely populated areas, it only grows in swamps and very wet areas

    Don’t confuse poison ivy with Virginia creeper often folks think Virginia creeper is poison ivy

    Virginia creeper has five leaves