Can you name one plant that causes allergic reactions to over 85% of the worlds population when coming into contact with it?  Can you name a plant’s oil that can linger on clothes for months and still be poisonous to one’s skin?  Poison Ivy & Poison Sumac are highly contagious, poisonous plants that dwell in most parts of the world and can camouflage itself in your garden. These plants have been known to overtake a garden and linger for months if not removed or eradicated properly. Without knowing its whereabouts or its defining characteristics, this can certainly ruin a weekend if infected since over 50 million Americas fall victim to these plants each year–and these are only the documented cases.

Redness, itching, and blistering are all nasty side effects of the allergic reaction that can be caused by coming into contact with these plants and not taking the proper actions to rid oneself of the infection. Most allergic reactions can be prevented even if one has come into contact with any of these poisonous plants. Research shows that an individual has around 24-48 hours to remove the urushiol from the skin if contact has been confirmed.  What should you do if you have been in the outdoors and possibly been infected?  Take a cold shower with soap to ensure that any oil has been removed.

So next time you are curious about a mysterious green on your property or an awkward looking plant on your stroll through the woods, keep your hands in your pocket-just in case-and also keep these helpful hints in this infographic in mind before grabbing what could be an itchy mistake. It could save you from endless itching, scratching, and having to end your outdoor excursion early.


This article was written by Gene Caballero; Gene is the Co-Founder of Green Pal

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