Can you name one plant that causes allergic reactions to over 85% of the worlds population when coming into contact with it?
Can you name a plant’s oil that can linger on clothes for months and still be poisonous to one’s skin?
Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, & Poison Sumac are poisonous plants that dwell in most parts of the United States and can camouflage itself in your garden. Without knowing its whereabouts or its defining characteristics, this can certainly ruin a weekend if infected since over 50 million Americas fall victim to these plants each year.
Note: Poison Ivy is not known to grow in the UK, but there is an English Ivy. Its sap can cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin, so it’s good to know what it looks like.
Redness, itching, and blistering are all possible side effects of the allergic reaction that can be caused by coming into contact with these plants and not taking the proper actions to rid oneself of the infection. Most allergic reactions can be prevented even if one has come into contact with any of these poisonous plants.
Next time you are curious about a mysterious green on your property or an awkward looking plant on your stroll through the woods, keep your hands in your pocket and also keep these helpful hints in mind before grabbing what could be an itchy mistake. It could save you from having to end your camping trip or your hiking excursion early.
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