- Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when walking in areas where these plants may grow.
- Skin products such as Ivy Block lotion can be applied beforehand to reduce the risk of a rash.
Other steps include:
- Learn to identify poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Teach your children to identify them as soon as they are able.
- Remove these plants if they grow near your home (but never burn them).
- Be aware of resins carried by pets.
- Wash as soon as possible after a suspected exposure.
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