Poison Ivy: Leaves of Three – Let It Be!
If you have ever encountered poison ivy and have dealt with the skin irritation that most commonly follows then you know the long term lasting effects from this plant. It almost seems unfair how poison ivy attacks. If you are not aware of the ‘three-leaf’ warnings a peaceful afternoon in the country garden can turn ugly with skin irritation.
Facts About Poison Ivy
DID YOU KNOW that if you have open cuts on your legs and you walk through a patch of poison ivy you could end up in the Emergency Room? Always wear long pants when you are removing weeds via a ‘weed-eater’.
DID YOU KNOW that if you burn poison ivy and it is inhaled you could end up in the hospital.
DID YOU KNOW poison ivy is spread by touching something that has touched it. If is commonly spread by touching the leaves, but yanking the vine out by the roots any time of the year can leave you with a rash.
DID YOU KNOW that the oil from poison ivy is extremely stable and will stay potent forever. You can get a rash from clothing or tools that have the oil from last summer.
How To Prevent Rash
They say within an hour of touching or coming in contact with it you should rinse with lots of cold water. Hot water will open your pores and let the oil in. Up to six hours washing with alcohol may help remove the oil but many say after 1/2 hour the oil has already begun to soak in. I believe it has a lot to do with your skin type as well. I live on 10 acres of woods so it is very common in my landscape. The only way to get rid of the plant is to hit it with Round-Up.
MUST READ LINK: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ho/ho-218-w.pdf
I’d love to hear from you and what you do if you come in contact with poison ivy. Be sure to comment on this post or reach out to me on my contact page. I’ve been battling this evil poison ivy for years so I hope to help you out.
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