How Poison Ivy Can Ruin Your Summer

poison ivy rashes

The gentleman who is suffering with these awful rashes shared them with us so we can share with you – as a reminder of just how nasty a poison ivy rash can get. The old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and with poison ivy so much aggravation can be avoided just by recognizing the plant. Once you have the rash there are no magic cures; your dermatologist can help, but you will be itching for 2 or 3 weeks.

This fellow thought he was clearing out some grape vines, but they were either mixed with poison ivy or maybe all the vines he tore out were poison ivy.

When you tear the vines you unleash lots of the urushiol oil that causes the rash. And if you have it on your hands you can then spread it to your face, your eyes, your private parts and so on.

Again: we built this site just to educate folks to recognize poison ivy (and poison oak and poison sumac). You can buy our various education products or the poison ivy detection kits, but you can also just peruse the site and learn for free. Take the quiz.

Save your summer!