Five Myths About Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
#1... Poison Ivy is Always Green- FALSE- Keep your eyes open for a variety of colors. Each leaf has three leaflets with smooth or toothed edges, but the color can range from reddish in the spring, green in summer and yellow, orange or red in the fall.
#2... Poison Ivy is Contagious- FALSE – Poison Ivy and other poison plant rashes can't be spread from person to person. But it is possible to pick up the rash from plant oil that may have stuck to clothing, pets, garden tools and other items that have come in contact with the plant.
#3... Pets Are Sensitive to Poison Ivy- FALSE – Fido and Fluffy won’t suffer if they come in contact with the poison ivy plant. However, you should wash your pet with shampoo while wearing rubber gloves since the oil on their fur can stick to a human and cause a rash.
#4... There’s a Sure Fire Cure – FALSE- The rash and blisters and itch normally disappear in several weeks without any treatment.
#5... A Fever with Poison Ivy is Normal – FALSE- See your doctor if you have a temperature of over 100 degrees, the itching gets worse or keeps you awake at night, the rash spreads to your eyes, mouth, genital area or covers more than ¼ of your body.
Dr. Kenet can provide information and supportive treatment for anyone suffering from poison ivy.