How to identify, treat and avoid poisonous plants. An Illustrated Guide.
- Gene Caballero
- January 24, 2022
Poisonous plants in the garden and backyard are a nationwide concern. With this guide you can learn how to identify, treat and avoid toxic plants. As well as a few home remedies that can ease the issues caused by poisonous plants.
What poisonous plants are there? There are 3 plants in North America which are poisonous to the touch. These are Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, and Poison Oak.
How do I identify Poison Ivy? Poison ivy is identifiable by leaves of 3. The plant has no thorns, grows as a vine or a shrub, and leaves can be green, red, and even yellow. Poison ivy often has a waxy appearance.
How do I identify Poison Sumac? Poison sumac grows as a small tree or shrubs in wet climates. The stems of sumac are red, and the plant has stems with 9-13 leaves, which grow in parallel rows.
How do I identify Poison Oak? Poison Oak is identified by 3 leaves on a single stem. The leaves resemble oak tree leaves and the plant has no thorns. It looks very similar to poison ivy, but has leaves that look like oak.
How do you get poison ivy, oak or sumac poisoning? These plants infect an individual by being touched. But they can also affect individuals when they are burned or when an individual touches something infected with poison ivy oak or sumac. Such as a shovel or pair of gloves.
What do I do if I get Poison Ivy? Take a shower immediately using soap. These plants have poisonous oils and removal of them require soap. You can also use rubbing alcohol or a wet rag to remove them. Wash your clothes and use OTC cream. OTC cream will prevent an allergic reaction and help dry up any rashes.
Are there home remedies for poison ivy, oak or sumac? Yes. By applying vodka or rubbing alcohol to the rash you can remove the oil known as urushiol from the skin. Other home remedies include applying bananas or cucumbers to the affected area. These plants have vitamins, minerals and flavonoids, which will counteract the poisonous oils. You could also take a dip in the ocean, swim in a pool or even take an oatmeal bath.
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