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How can poison plant reactions be prevented?

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You can take steps to prevent poison plant reactions:

  • Learn what poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac look like, and avoid contact with them.
  • Remove these plants from around your home.
  • When walking in the woods or working in areas where these plants may grow, cover your skin as much as possible by wearing long pants, long-sleeves, shoes, and socks.
  • Don't let pets run in wooded areas where they may come in contact with the poison plants. They can carry urushiol back home on their fur.

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 07, 2018

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 07, 2018

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