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Defend against poison ivy's Urushiol oil


Last updated 8/28/2007 at Noon

We’ve seen more poison ivy rashes this week then I could shake a stick at. This time of year the reactions are worse and the itchy patients never saw it coming. That’s because the poisonous plants have died back and only bare sticks remain. These are potent sticks often covered with lots of Urushiol oil. That’s the oil that causes the nasty rash. This oil is so potent that a quarter-ounce could cause a rash on all the people alive today, or so I’ve heard. The plants can be covered with potent Urushiol oil five years after they are dead.

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