Know Your Plants

by WEBMASTER

11Jan

Poison Ivy

poison ivyWatch out for these three-pronged, almond-shaped leaves that appear in groups of three. Poison ivy has lighter-grey berries and a hairy vine, if you come in contact with it you will experience burning and itching. Though it may be difficult, try to refrain from scratching, to avoid spreading the toxic plant oils to the rest of your body. We recommend IvyBlock or calamine lotion to soothe the pain and prevent the rash from spreading.

Poison Oak

poison oakThis plant is a three-pronged leaf with lobed edges. It grows as a dense bush in the sunlight, or a rising vine in the shade; it changes colors to bright green in the spring and deep red in the summer or fall. Similar to poison ivy, contact with this plant will result in an itchy, burning rash.

Poison Sumac

poison sumacPoison sumac is a dangerously poison plant that grows in swampy, wet areas. It grows about seven to nine leaves on each stem and typically has bright red veins. Though not as common as poison ivy and poison oak, it does appear in the Eastern United States.

If you do encounter any or all of these plants, wash off the contacted area with soap and cold water. Signs and symptoms will usually occur in one to two days after exposure, but you should react immediately.

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