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Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you need to know about poison ivy

Whether inside or out, at home or at play, living in Oklahoma often means dealing with pests. This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared.


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Treating a poison ivy rash

There are too many old wives’ tales to count about how to get rid of poison ivy. Some of the more dangerous include using bleach, or even gasoline, to try and dry up any rashes caused by the plant.

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Problems with poison ivy

Randy has been sitting quietly on his couch all weekend, watching a marathon of his favorite western movies on TV. When his alarm rings at 5 a.m. Monday morning, he is surprised to find a rash from poison ivy making his arm uncontrollably itchy.

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Do not confuse poison ivy with imposters

Poison ivy is nasty, commands attention and needs to be dealt with through management practices. However, misidentifying other plants as the itch-causing agent is a common occurrence.

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Leaflets of three, let it be

A rash, red blisters and uncontrollable itching. Those who have been impacted by poison ivy are familiar with what it can do. Those who have not should consider themselves lucky.

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