Poison Ivy: "Leaves of Three Leave Them Be!"

James Thompson, MD Health Pro
  • The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter.

    But being in the outdoors in the warm weather may lead to contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. The resin on the plants' leaves, urushiol, is the cause of the trademark red, itchy patches and blisters.

    It takes a little planning to avoid the plants and some immediate action to prevent or mitigate a reaction if you come in contact with them.

    Continue reading How to Avoid and Treat Poison, Ivy, Oak and Sumac.


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Published On: June 28, 2008