Leaves of 3…Let Them Be!

14 Jan

Poison Oak can be spread to you or others by touching the plant directly with your skin or by coming in contact with clothing that has been contaminated. So be sure to watch out and be aware of your surroundings while you’re out on the trail or enjoying the outdoors. It is also important to wash clothes immediately after returning home and bath to help prevent contamination. If you do come in to contact with the plant, it is the oils or urushiol that causes the itchy and annoying rash. Though not everyone suffers from an allergic reaction to poison oak, however, we don’t recommend testing that theory. Rashes or hives may not become apparent for 4-5 days after coming in contact with the oils.

When it comes to Poison Oak you can never be too careful. No matter the time of year, poison oak is always out to make you itch. Though many believe that summer is the worst or only time you can get poison oak, it may come as a surprise that you can get poison oak rashes at any time of the year. Here we take a look at this nasty plant’s four seasons of growth. When you are able to effectively identify this plant, you will have a better chance of avoiding and preventing the irritating, itchy rash that can follow an unfortunate encounter.


Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Outdoor Living, Tips and Tricks


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2 responses to “Leaves of 3…Let Them Be!

  1. kelli

    January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Be sure to bathe your pets if you think they took a romp in the foul stuff- the oils can sit on their fur, and a simple path can transfer the oils to you!

  2. Josh Alejos

    January 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I am always looking for useful articles. I recently started hiking with friends and this is good to know! Thank you!


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