Did you know poison ivy is still active even when no leaves are present?
As we step into colder months, please keep in mind that poisonous plants are still a threat to you, your kids — and even your pets!
Poison ivy contains a potent and resilient oil called urushiol, which is present not only on leaves but also on the vine of the plant.
When this oil comes into contact with your skin, it can result in a rash that welts and blisters.
We know first-hand how uncomfortable a poison ivy reaction can be, so we talked to our friends and poisonous plant experts at Tecnu to understand how to avoid contact with poison ivy and what to do if you happen to encounter it.
Stay safe while hiking this season. Read on to find out what to look for and how to treat poison ivy now.
How To Avoid Contact With Poison Ivy
The best way to steer clear of poison ivy is to:
Know How To Identify Poison Ivy
Learn Where Poison Ivy Grows
Refer to the map below to learn where poison ivy grows throughout the United States. As you can see, it looks different in various parts of the country.
Stay on Well-Groomed Trails and Avoid Thick Vegetation
Don’t Let Pets Venture Into The Brush
How To Treat Poison Ivy Fast
If you already know that you came into contact with poison ivy, it’s best to eradicate the oil right away. You can do this by cleaning everything: wash your clothes, clean your gear and take a shower. Wipe down pets and clean the interior of your car. Remember that the oil is stubborn, so it’s important to clean quickly and efficiently.
If you’re experiencing a rash from poison ivy, check out the Tecnu Poison Ivy Guide to find answers to tons of frequently asked questions including:
- How Do You Cure Poison Ivy Fast?
- What Causes Poison Ivy Rash?
- How Do I Stop Itching From Poison Ivy And Oak?
- What Does A Poison Ivy Rash Look Like?
- Do Blisters Cause Poison Ivy Rash To Spread?
- How Long Will Poison Ivy Rash Last?
- Can I Get Poison Ivy Rash From Someone Else?
- Should I Break The Blisters From Poison Ivy Rash?
- Am I Immune To Poison Ivy?
- Should I Wrap Or Cover Poison Ivy Rash?
- Are Dead Poison Ivy Plants Safe To Touch?
- Should I Clean Poison Ivy From Clothing And Tools?
- Can I Get Poison Ivy From My Dog?
- Can I Get A Rash From Burning Poison Ivy?
- Does Bleach Help Poison Ivy Rash?
Do you need immediate relief from poison ivy?
Unfortunately, you can do everything right and still encounter a poisonous plant. There’s no knowing how you’ll react to it, so it’s best to have treatment on hand.
Tecnu Detox Wipes: Your Best Defense Against Poison Ivy
We suggest adding Tecnu Detox Wipes to your 10 essentials. The faster you treat the affected area, the quicker you can alleviate your poison ivy reaction.