Identifying poison ivy, oak, or sumac
Both poison ivy and poison oak have three leaflets, while poison sumac more commonly displays leaflets of five, seven, or more that angle upward toward the top of the stem.
Although it is often recommended that people learn to recognize the poison ivy plant (“Leaves of three, leave them be”),
in practice, this can be difficult, since poison ivy and its relatives are often mixed in with other vegetation and not noticed until after the rash has begun. Keeping the skin covered in situations in which exposure is hard to avoid is the best way to prevent the problem.
Find out more at New York State Department of Transportation has some very useful tips foridentifying poisonous plants including poison ivy, and poison sumac.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians poison Ivy can be contracted :
– When your skin touches the poison ivy plant itself.
– When your skin touches any shoes or clothing that contacted with the plant.
– When your skin touches gardening tools that have touched the plant.
– When your hands touch the fur or skin of a pet that has touched poison ivy.
– When you’re exposed to smoke from a burning poison ivy plant. The plant’s oil is contained within the smoke.