Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Out In The Woods

Real Estate Agent with Russell Real Estate Services

This is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and have some fun.

campfire  hikers

It’s cool enough to enjoy a walk or run at your local MetroPark, go exploring in the colorful autumn leaves, sing around a campfire.

But beware…just when you thought it was safe to go out in the woods…..IT”S still out there.

I’m talking about Poison Ivy.  That ever present weed that comes in so many different forms,is still lurking about.poison ivy

You know the phrase, “leaves of three, let it be”, but another identifying characteristic of poison ivy is the notched leaves.  It is usually green in the summer, but can go to brown or red in the autumn. It usually grows low to the ground, but can be found in vine form wrapped around poison ivytrees.  It is a runner, so that when you destroy some of it, the underground runner may still be intact and come back again.  Your pets can bring it in on their fur if they’ve been exposed and some people are sensitive to the ivy if it is inhaled when burned in a campfire or bonfire.

Best to wear long sleeves and long pants along with boots or close toed shoes when out in the woods. 

If you think you’ve come in contact with any part of the plant, wash it off with soap and water within 30 minutes for your best chance of avoiding the rash.

The rash may not appear for 48 hours, but when it does, it is usually red, bumpy and forms little fluid filled clusters of blisters that are intensely itchy .  Those bumps are not contagious, just the oils from the plant.

Cool compresses help as well as over the counter preparations like Caladryl or Ivy Dry.

So get out there and have some fun, but just beware of the Leaves of Three



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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Mary: Good tips to spot and avoid poison ivy!  My husband got some on his arms this summer and was a mess for over a week.

Sep 29, 2011 03:34 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Great tips! My mother had poison ivy few weeks ago, not a nice experience at all.....
Sep 29, 2011 03:38 AM #2
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Washing the area that has come in contact with the plant is great advice. It really works for me, and I've been able to avoid the rash completely.

Sep 29, 2011 03:41 AM #3
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Anita,  Poor hubby.  Glad his lasted only a week.

Eileen,  Hope you mom is feeling much better by now.  Is it the first time she's had it?

Debbie,  You are a lucky girl.  Washing is essential and timing is as well.  Usually have to wash within 30 minutes of exposure.  Some people, too, are just more sensitive than others.

Sep 29, 2011 04:00 AM #4
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