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How To Prevent And Treat Poison Ivy, Oak, And Sumac


Learn to how to recognize poison ivy, oak, and sumac here so you are able to be discouraged, plus how to treat reactions in case of allergic reaction!

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Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: Be Aware All Year Round How to Identify Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

If you love expending time outdoors and are allergic to these plants then this article is a must read for you! If you aren’t sure that you are, in fact, allergic, then it’s always a good idea to be cautious just in case.

Urushiol is the oil from poison ivy, oak, and sumac which causes the allergic reaction. It can stay potent for a long time so you wouldn’t want it in your tools, gears, and clothes let alone your body.

Urushiol is found in the foliages, stems, and roots of poison ivy, oak, and sumac plants. You can even get a rash even in the winter so learning to identify these plants in all seasons is so important.

Learning to identify the poison ivy, oak, and sumac will assist you avoid it. You can learn to identify these plants by their features and the areas where they grow.

Poison Ivy

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The poison ivy is a shrub that shoots into a vine in growth. It has has a pointed tip in its smooth or notched leaves.

Poison ivy changes leaf colourings through the changes of the seasons. It is green in the summer with green or yellow flowers and clusters of greenish to white berries.

In the springtime, the young leaves are reddish which turn red or yellow-orange in the fall. In winter, it sheds off its leaves but the roots and vines can still give you a bad rash.

The defining feature of the poison ivy though is its leaves forming in the groups of three with the middle foliage larger the foliages on the sides.

Be warned,” Leaves of three, leave them be”, is an old saying which rings true of poison ivy. Although there are other plants with foliages of three clusters, it’s better to be on the safe side.

You consider, even the poison oak comes with leaves clustered in three. So merely be wary of all plants which come in three foliages to be safe.

Poison ivy symptoms include itching, blisters, and redness. You may also are finding it difficult breathing if you inhale the smoking from burning poison ivy.

Poison Oak

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The poison oak is a woody shrub growing to about three feet tall, but also grows into a vine. It usually grows throughout the country except in desert areas.

Again, the poison oak, much like the poison ivy also has leaves clustered in three. And like the poison ivy, there are some varieties with foliages clustered in five to seven, too.

Its distinct feature though is a scalloped, wavy form only less defined than oak tree foliages. But, while poison ivy leaves have notched sides with pointed tips, poison oak’s are smooth and rounded, also with pointed tips.

Poison oak is deciduous or loses its foliages during winter. In spring, it’s foliages are bright green, turning yellow-green or a tint of pink in the summer then turns yellow to brown during autumn.

Symptoms or a poison oak reaction include itchiness, redness, and swelling.

Poison Sumac

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Poison sumac grows as a tall shrub or a small tree, growing to about 20 feet tall. Its distinct feature is elongated foliages, usually in clusters or pairing of 7 to 13 leaves.

You can find them growing in wet clay or swampy regions. That’s why the poison sumac is common in the midwest parts of the North and Southeast where the humidity is high.

Poison sumac also changes coloring throughout the seasons. In the springtime, it is bright orange in colour, darknes green in summer, and turns red-orange during autumn.

Other distinct features are the clusters or fruit it bears. It has also clusters of greenish-yellow flowers growing in the summer.

Poison sumac allergies are even worse than poison oak and poison ivy rash. Poison sumac rash symptoms include a burning sensation and watery blisters.

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Poison Oak, Sumac, and Poison Ivy Treatment

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If you come into contact with these pants, act quickly and wash the region with water and mild soap. However, if you do develop a rash from contact with one of these plants, here are 16 home redress you can try.

1. Banana Peel

Rub the affected area with the inside of a banana peel.

2. Potato

Blend a raw potato into a paste with a blender. Using plastic wrap, place paste onto the affected area.

3. Baking soda

Make a paste out of baking soda and water to apply to an affected area or take a tepid bath and add 1 beaker baking soda to bath water.

4. Coffee

Pour cold coffee on the affected area.

5. Dawn Dishwasher Soap

Apply liberally to affected area and wash off with cold water.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Place in spray bottle and shivering in the refrigerator. Spraying on affected area as needed and let it air dry.

7. Vodka

Apply directly to the affected area and air dry.

8. Swim in the Ocean

Only if you happen to be very close to one! Take a dip in the water.

9. Turmeric

Make a paste out of turmeric and lemon juice or rubbing alcohol. Apply to affected area for 15 minutes and wipe off. Take note: It will build your skin yellow.

10. Cucumber

Apply cucumber slicings immediately onto affected area or make a paste by chopping them up into fine pieces.

11. Watermelon Rinds

Apply directly onto affected area.

12. Oatmeal

Blend 2 cups uncooked oatmeal into a powder. Add to warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

13. Aloe Vera

Apply flesh of plant directly onto affected area.

14. Epsom Salt

Add two beakers to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

15. Mouthwash

Apply directly to affected area.

16. Tea Bags

Place cold tea pouches onto the affected area.( Optional: Procure with duct tape.

Watch this video to know what to do in poison ivy, oak, and sumac rash from Mayo Clinic 😛 TAGEND

Always be aware of your surroundings when spending time outdoors. In this case, with these particular plants, be aware of poison ivy, oak, and sumac all seasons long!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 26, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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