If you’re able to recognize only one plant, it better be poison ivy. Memorize these helpful hints to identify it in any season.
If you do come into contact with the plant, clean any impacted skin immediately. Poison ivy–induced rashes are caused by urushiol oil, which is present in all parts of the plant, and reactions can appear anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours after exposure. For best results, scrub the area vigorously with soap and hot water or use a specialized product, such as Tecnu or Zanfel.
This story originally appeared in the September/October issue of AMC Outdoors, alongside the column “What You Need in a First-Aid Kit.”
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