poison ivy prevention-treatment


How to Prevent Getting Poison Ivy or Poison Oak, & how to treat it if you didn't ...

Our chain-saw cleanup crews constantly come in contact with Poison Oak, usually as vines growing around fallen trees. Some had as much poison oak leaves as tree leaves!! Until now I was in the 15% category of people who do not have an allergic reaction to urushiol, the toxic oil or resin found in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. I have now joined the majority...!

I got careless and overwhelmed my immune system, I guess. Did not have the right type gloves or long sleeve shirts necessary to keep the urushiol off my skin, and/or protect my skin on my arms and face from scratches and scrapes. When you are pulling and pruning limbs and brush you are often gonna scratch or scrape exposed skin. I was wearing carpenter gloves of leather, with no cuffs and a long sleeve shirt with missing buttons on the sleeves. It left my wrists and forearms unprotected. The gloves protected my hands, but retained the urushiol on the outside. Automatically wiping sweat and wood chips off my face without thinking spread it to one of my eyes, one ear, and on my neck. If your clothes (including gloves) have been contaminated, launder them thoroughly.

Learn from my mistakes. Click on the following link:

and take its contents seriously. If you don't, click on the link below:

you'll need it!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (cause there ain't no cure!!).

Bob N.


Last Published: July 9, 2013 9:59 AM
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