Health Tip: Avoid Poison Ivy03/03/11
(HealthDay News) -- Most people are allergic to poison ivy, a
three-leafed plant found in most areas of the United States. It
harbors an oil that bonds to any skin that the oil touches, causing
a red, itchy rash.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's how you
can contract a poison ivy rash:
- When your skin touches the poison ivy plant itself.
- When your skin touches any shoes or clothing that touched the
- When your skin touches gardening tools that have touched the
- When your hands touch the fur or skin of a pet that has touched
- When you're exposed to smoke from a burning poison ivy plant.
The plant's oil is contained within the smoke.
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