DO NOT BURNAvoid all contact with smokeIf contact with smoke, seek ⚕ medical attention with all due speed.
X✋︎ DO NOT TOUCH ✋︎X. To avoid skin rash and irritation urushiol-induced contact dermatitis, avoid contact with all parts of this plant with your skin, shoes, clothing and pets:

  • If contact with skin, quickly remove the oily-feeling urushiol with alcohol and a rag, or with soap and water.  I read that after 10 minutes, most of the agent has been absorbed into the skin—further cleaning is said to lose effectiveness after this time.
  • If contact with shoes or clothing, wash them.  For fabric, use normal laundry (some sources say in hot water;  this author finds warm water adequate).  For leather and suede, we have no idea (this author finds re-contact from boots and gloves minor).
  • If contact with pets, we have no idea.
  • If contact with tools, I try to avoid touching the blade until it has gone through soil or non-Toxicodendron wood a few times.
  • Prevention and Treatment, from MSU

People differ in their reaction to this plant—some are immune, some react strongly, and most are in the middle:

  • On contact with the skin of susceptible individuals, a rash appears in a few hours to a day or two.
  • Without treatment, it clears up in a week or two.
  • With treatment, it clears up in 7 to 14 days.
  • This author finds minor contact ignorable.  But If the urge to itch is strong, a commercial pink lotion with diphenhydramine offers adequate relief for a few hours—use and repeat as directed by the label.
  • One time, when this author had unseen contact with X✋︎ Pacific poison oak Toxicodendron diversilobum ✋︎X on the job, covering 100% of both arms, with patches on trunk caused by urushiol moved during a post-work shower, I did seek medical attention.

Learn more about X✋︎ western poison ivy ✋︎X Toxicodendron rydbergii

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