Poison ivy identification is the first defense towards not getting the rash. If you can avoid the plant you will reduce your chances of getting it.
If you have a remedy to stop the itch or clear up the rash please let us know. Share your poison ivy remedy (please). Your remedy will be added to this page for the all poison ivy sufferers to read.
Read how others cure poison ivy:
An ounce of prevention (Andrew in NW, OH)
Old fashion remedy (Brenda in Tiffin, OH)
Zinc Oxide (Faith in Blackfork, Lawrence Co., OH)
Nature's Remedy for Poison Ivy (Laina in Marion, OH)
How to soothe the BAD cases (Karen in Columbus, OH)
Hot Water (Judy in Mentor, OH)
Brown Laundry Soap (Chris in Fremont, OH)
Welding Water (Annonymous)
Coming in to contact with the oil in the plant is the only thing that will cause the rash. It won't spread by itching it, and you can't get it from someone else.
You can only get it by coming in contact with the oil in the leaves or vines.
If the leaves are burnt the oil can be carried through the smoke. Some severe cases of poison ivy rash have occurred this way.
You may not get it if you simply brush against a plant that has not been disturbed (broken leaf). But rubbing against a plant that has been disturbed and is secreting the oil will cause the itching rash. Rarely are the leaves not disturbed in some way.
The plants can be individual, large clumps, or a vine growing up a tree. The leaves can be very small or very large and vary in size from plant to plant. Look at the pictures and remember what it looks like. It will save you a lot of aggravation.
I get the poison ivy rash terribly. I used to get it often when I was younger and tromping through the woods. When I learned what it looked like my instances of the rash were reduced tremendously.
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