“If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.” You probably know that nursery rhyme about finding teddy bears in the forest… but there are other things that are not very friendly lurking in the foliage. Like poison ivy, for example.
This seemingly innocent-looking plant can cause a lot of itching, a rash and even blistering if your bare skin comes in contact with it. Aside from learning to recognize what poison ivy looks like, and perhaps wearing longer pants/shirt sleeves or avoiding going off the beaten path, here are some effective home cures for a poison ivy rash…
How to Identify Poison Ivy
There’s an old adage that goes: “Leaves of three, leave them be.” Poison ivy grows its leaves in trios, so it’s a good rule of thumb to not touch any plants that match that description. However, there are some specifics provided by Verywell Family.
For example, the source notes the leaves (both the eastern and western varieties) have leaves that are 2 to 4-inches long, which are smooth and can be dull or glossy. The plant has yellowish blossoms in spring that are replaced by light-colored berries later in the summer. The younger plants may have “reddish, droopy leaves.” Keep in mind poison ivy can irritate the skin any time of year.