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.