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poison oak poison ivyThis weekend we did a night hike in Los Angeles. I love night hikes- you can’t see anything but what’s in front of you. Bad thing? You can’t see anything but what’s in front of you. We were hiking back and, to my surprise, there was poison oak ALL over the wall!!! Here are a few quick tips to tell the difference between poison oak, poison ivy, and everything else!

  1. Poison Oak and Poison Ivy have the same characteristics so look for this- a cluster of leaves in a group of three- one at the top and two on the bottom that are conjoining (refer to the above picture). Ivy is more “leafy” and solid while Oak is more rugged.poison oak
  2. Signs you have brushed up with some poison?
  • Itchy skin where the plant touched your skin.
  • Red streaks or general redness where the plant brushed against the skin.
  • Small bumps or larger raised areas (hives).
  • Blisters filled with fluid that may leak out.

3.  Treatments? Take off and wash your clothes, cold compress or cold water, antihistamines (Benadryl), aloe vera, non-scented lotion, do not scratch!!

4.  Prevention? Wear the appropriate clothing, be sure how to spot it, bring preventative measures like rubbing alcohol just in case.poison ivy

5.  Weird remedies: acorn bath, baking soda, dairy, tea, chilled fruit rinds, cold coffee, apple cider vinegar….

Now it’s your turn: What’s your home remedy, ways to tell, and just flat out poison Oak and Ivy stories?

Be safe and happy camping and hiking! 🙂