As I was perusing through my email the other day, I happened
across a new Google Alert for poison ivy. The subject line
was, "Where can I find images of poison ivy rash?" Immediately I
thought, "Oi vey! I haven't been doing my job!" This question has
been searched in high enough volumes that Google had to alert me!
So, here I am, writing this post to make things right. Writing to
right. Ha ha (As clever as I'm feeling for that little play on
words, I'll just assume you at least gave me a courtesy
Often outdoor adventurers wander out into Mother Nature's
luscious green landscapes and come out with an unsightly itchy, red
rash. For those who have suffered from sensitivity to poison ivy,
it's fairly easy to assess the cause of the rash. For others who
haven't experienced a breakout in treks past, it can be quite
disconcerting. What's more confusing: for many, sensitivity can
develop at any age or stage of life; a fact of poison ivy
understood by few. Some have been sensitive since they were
adolescents, while others don't begin breaking out when they come
into contact with urushiol until they are well into adulthood.
Poison ivy, she's one tricky foe! Stick with us though, we've
discovered her kryptonite…
So what does a poison ivy rash look like? As with all things, a
the rash can present quite differently from person to person, and
can include: redness, swelling, raised red bumps, blisters, or
small raised bumps that resemble pimples. Reportedly the most
irritating symptom of them all: INTENSE ITCHING. From what we hear,
it's a stay-up-all-night-itch-yourself-to-crazy, itching. Luckily
(er, perhaps that's not the right word…?), over the years countless
images of poison ivy rashes have been sent our way from consumers
who have suffered from outbreaks so you can see
for yourself what they typically look like.
Now that you've seen the heinous repercussions of contact with
poison ivy, back to that kryptonite… it comes in the form of Tecnu®
brand products for poison oak and ivy!
OH, being that I didn't mention it above, I'll say it here: poison
ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain the same
rash-causing resin called, urushiol. Therefore the terms 'poison
ivy rash' and 'poison oak rash' are often used interchangeably.
Until next time,
Live life. Get outdoors.™