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September 26, 2017

Be aware of poison ivy when outdoors

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re starting to see poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak this spring. 22News is working for you on how to identify these plants, and the precautions you can take to save yourself a lot of pain.

These plants cause painful itching and swelling. Being able to identify these plants is key in avoiding them.

Poison ivy is easy to spot; it has three leaves that are distinctly glossy looking. It can be on the ground or wrap around a tree like a vine.
     
Poison oak and sumac are more shrub like.
    
The oils of these plants usually take time to penetrate the skin, so if you believe you had contact with these plants; experts say to wash your skin with soap and water.
     
Max Salvadore, a fisherman from Chicopee, told 22News that he expects running into poison ivy when he takes his kids outdoors, and said he has his own set of precautions.

“I bring my kids in the woods all the time, and when we get home we just take off all the clothes and put them right in the washer machine, hot water. And I don’t get poison ivy too much so it’s been a while since I’ve got it so my precautions must work,” said Max.

Severity and treatment for these poisonous plants depends on the individual, and you are advised to call your doctor if you have a bad reaction or rash.

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