Protect Yourself From Poison Ivy
Chances are if you are a seasoned camper, you have experienced poison ivy before. You were just enjoying a hike through the woods and then a week later the symptoms started to appear. You wondered where you got it from, or if you could have avoided it.
We know it can be hard to avoid these plants, but we hope this post will help you to identify poison ivy as well as what you can do to treat it if you happen to contract it.
How to Identify Poison Ivy
The easiest way to identify poison ivy when you are camping or on the trail is that poison ivy plants come in leaves of three. You can remember this by committing these two songs to memory.
“One, two, three, don’t touch me.” and “Leaves of three? Let them be!”
If you see a plant that looks like the above picture, it is best to steer clear of it. One of the most common misconceptions about poison ivy is that it is only found in woods. Poison Ivy can be in alleyways, bushes, and plants. It isn’t just limited to the woods.
Here are some other features of poison Ivy you should be able to recognize to ensure your safety:
- The center leaf usually has a small stem, while the two side leaves grow directly off the vine and do not feature small stems.
- Leaves will usually appear shiny, but they aren’t always
- If the plant has thorns on it, it is not poison ivy, as poison ivy plants do not have thorns
How to Treat Poison Ivy
If you or someone you know is infected with Poison Ivy, you should be able to look for symptoms within 3-6 days of contact with the plant.
- Red streaks or redness where the plant brushed against skin.
- Small bumps or larger raised areas
- Blisters that may leak fluid
If you do contract poison ivy, there are medications and things you can do to relieve the itching and heal it faster.
Here are some common ways to treat poison ivy:
- If you get a mild rash, it is okay to take care of it at home.
- Apply a wet cloth, or soak the area in cool water.
- Use calamine lotion to help relieve itching.
- Try not to scratch the rash. Scratching could cause infection.
Do not use diphenhydramine, which is found in Benadryl, because it could cause other allergic issues.
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We hope these tips will allow you to camp without the fear of thinking about poison ivy.
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