Avoid poison ivy this summer!

If you’re working in the backyard or hiking in the backwoods, make sure you watch for poison ivy.  We’ve all heard “leaves of three, let it be”, but poison ivy doesn’t always look the same in different environments.  It can vine along the ground or look more like a shrub. Poison ivy can also grow on and over trees, sometimes even mimicking mimic the trees it’s climbing on.

What should you do if you think you’ve gotten into poison ivy?

  • Make sure to wash your hands (and your clothes).  Don’t touch your eyes or other sensitive parts of your body.
  • Wash your dog if he or she was outside with you.  Poison ivy doesn’t usually bother most dogs, but the oil can stay on your pet’s fur… and cause problems for you or other family members.
  • If you get a poison ivy rash, you can use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream.  If the itch is really bad, your doctor can prescribe a steroid cream.

For pictures of different kinds of poison ivy and for more info, click HERE.