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Poison Ivy is found in many parts of
America and Canada
including in the mountainous region of Mexico. This poisonous plant can be
in the form of a ‘trailing vine,’ climbing vine’ or ‘shrub.’
Poison Ivy leaves are pointed and ‘appear in groups of three leaflets.’ In the summer the leaves of the plant are green but turn ‘reddish in spring and fall.’ It’s vital to be able to identify the plant as this can help one avoid coming into contact with it.
The plant produces a liquid called Urushiol. When this liquid comes in contact with the skin it can cause blisters, rashes and itchiness. Always remember to wear gloves when removing shoes and clothing which have come in contact with Poison Ivy. If not your skin may break out in a rash, blisters, etc.
It sometimes can take up to two weeks (after coming in contact with the plant) before symptoms such as itchiness, blisters or rashes appear on the skin.
Rub alcohol immediately to the affected area. Alcohol will remove the oil from the urushiol and prevent it from penetrating any further into the skin.
Cook oatmeal the usual way in water. Allow to cool and then apply a thick layer on areas of the skin that has come into contact with poison ivy.
This is claimed by some to be one of the best home remedies for poison ivy. Rub the inside of the banana peel to the affected areas.
Soak the affected areas in water which has a few chamomile tea bags soaked in it.
How to Prevent Getting Poison Ivy
- Apply Ivy Block or Stokoguard on areas of exposed skin before going outdoors where there may be poison ivy plants.
- Wear gloves, a long sleeved shirt and pants, socks and boots when working outdoors where poison ivy might be.
- Dress in a long sleeved short and pants along with socks and boots when walking in areas where poison ivy plants may be present.
© 2012 Suranee Perera