Poison Ivy Smoke Warning!

poison ivy face rash from smoke

Folks, this is why we run this site: to be able to warn people about the dangers of poison ivy (and poison oak and poison sumac).

The one worst and most dangerous thing anybody can do is to burn the stuff! The smoke will contain the urushiol oil which will attach to skin surfaces and give you the rash.

Actually much more dangerous is breathing the smoke, which can inflame lungs. The only fatality ever recoreded from poison oak was that of a man who burned the weeds in his back yard and breathed too much smoke.

This woman cleared some land and burned the weeds she took off the land. So! Be warned. Be very careful about burning any weeds that might have poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac in them. Or burning logs that have the weed on them.