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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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The poison ivy plant has an oil, called urushiol, which some people are sensitive to. When those individuals come in contact with the oil, they develop a red, itchy rash. Poison ivy has been around for a long time and you may be familiar with the uncomfortable, itchy feeling you have when you have come in contact with the plant, however, the following facts about poison ivy rashes may help you better control and cope with a developing rash.
Poison ivy, along with poison oak and sumac, are caused by sensitivity to the oils found on the leaves of these plants. These oils immediately begin soaking into your skin and the rash appears anywhere between 12 and 72 hours after exposure to the oils and can last up to 8 weeks. The length and severity of the rash is dependent on how much oil is absorbed by your skin.
Often, you will develop a rash after accidently touching a poison ivy plant, however, the oils from the plant may also rub off on clothing or on pets and touching these...
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