Spring brings warm weather and poison plant concerns - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Spring brings warm weather and poison plant concerns

Poison ivy under a tree in Chehaw park (Source: WALB) Poison ivy under a tree in Chehaw park (Source: WALB)
Ben Kirkland speaking about how to prevent poison ivy (Source: WALB) Ben Kirkland speaking about how to prevent poison ivy (Source: WALB)
Poison oak hanging on a tree in Chehaw (Source: WALB) Poison oak hanging on a tree in Chehaw (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Warm weather means more people will be heading outdoors and that means more possible cases of poison plants.

The itching sensation comes from the plant's Urushiol which gets in the skin and can spread through scratching.

There are three plants that contain Urushiol, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

Chehaw experts say the best way to prevent coming in contact with these plants is to educate yourself on what these plants look like. 

"All parts of those plants contain an oil called urushiol," said Chehaw Employee, Ben Kirkland. "That's what's causing dermatitis. What you have to understand is virtually every part, not just the leaves. It's the leaves, the stem, the bark, the berries, the roots, all of it has that oil of urushiol."

The best way to avoid poison ivy and poison oak is to follow the three leaf rule.

There are also plants that are poisonous when ingested. You can see that list and the symptoms below:

Be mindful of trees, deer eat the oak and ivy and it will appear there is no stem but oak and ivy can continue to grow on trees.

If you have come in contact with these plants, the best way to keep it contained and keep it from spreading is to not scratch at it.

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