Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Warm Weather brings more outdoor activities. To name a few, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, etc… However, Do you know what Poison Oak and Poison Ivy look like?
On average if you were to ask most ” What does poison ivy or poison oak look like”? The answer is,” I Don’t Know, or “It’s a green leafy bush”. Below is three easy steps for you to follow. Identify, Treat and Prevent.
Step One: Identify:
The following four characteristics are sufficient to identify Poison Ivy in most situations: (a) clusters of three leaflets, (b) alternate leaf arrangement, (c) lack of thorns, and (d) each group of three leaflets grows on its own stem, which connects to the main vine. There are cute rhymes for poison ivy as well. “Berries White , Run in Fright, and Leaflets Three, let it be!
Poison Oak ,The leaves may have smooth, toothed or lobed edges, and all three types of leaf edge may be present in a single plant. The plants grow as creeping vines, climbing vines, and low shrubs. Poison Oak often resembles oak tree leaves.
Poison Oak Rash
Step Two: Treat:
So you come to realize that my description of the plants was a tad to late, and you just came into contact with the joyous plant. You can prevent allergic reaction by washing within 10 to 15 minutes of contact. Your day is now consumed of itching and feeling lousy. Many at home antihistamines will work. Cortisone, or Benadryl. A cold shower followed by cold compresses will help too.Try not to itch the areas or squeeze blisters if they appear.This will produce spreading or infection. If severe enough, your doctor can provide you with a cortisone shot.
Step Three: Prevent:
Sometimes these plants cannot be avoided, but you still can take precautions. Before heading out on your adventure apply a lotion that contains an ivy block barrier. These products usually contain bentoquatam which blocks the oil from the plants from absorbing into the skin. Wear long pants, long sleeves, boots and even gloves. You can even pull your sock over your pant. When in doubt cover all exposed skin when traveling outdoors.
So now that you know more about these plants hopefully you can enjoy your outdoor activities this Spring and Summer without coming into contact with one of Natures annoying plants. After all, how would you enjoy your Woolx while indoors?