Poison Ivy & Other Plants to Avoid This Summer

Plants can brighten up a landscape, but some can be dangerous. If you know or suspect that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy or any other poisonous plant, consult with one of our doctors at AFC Urgent Care Downingtown, PA.

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are the big three when it comes to poisonous plants — all have a similar chemical make-up that makes them very unpleasant to meet when you’re out hiking. All three plants cause rashes with a chemical known as urushiol. The rash itself is not contagious, but after touching the plant, oils from the leaves can be transferred everywhere you touch. This makes it easy to spread the rash to other parts of your body, or even other people, before you’ve even realized you’ve touched a poisonous plant.