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Health Tip: Avoid Poison Ivy

Health Tip: Avoid Poison Ivy

03/03/11

(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 plant.
  • When your skin touches gardening tools that have touched the plant.
  • When your hands touch the fur or skin of a pet that has touched poison ivy.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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