WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - As summer comes to an official end Saturday, the threat of poison ivy and poison oak will continue on.
"Poison Ivy is real dangerous to the arborists, especially if they have a high sensitivity to it," said Lindsey Purcell, Executive Director of the Indiana Arborist Association.
Purcell said state arborists don't take poison ivy and poison oak lightly.
"Not only brushing the leaves can be an issue, but just the bark and when they cut through it, it can spray all over their body and they can ingest it. It can be a very serious issue," said Purcell.
Dr. John Adams with the Franciscan Physician Network in West Lafayette agrees. He said he sees patients with poison ivy and poison oak starting in February or March up to November. Dr. Adams said there are three ways to prevent yourself from getting the itchy rash. The first is staying in the know.
"The prevention is knowing what poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac look like and trying to avoid getting into those things," said Adams.
Adams said if you know you're going to be around poison ivy or poison oak, wear protective clothing like gloves and long pants. Both Adam and Purcell said if you know you've been exposed to it, you should take action as soon as possible.
"Make sure you get it washed off in two to three hours, so the oil doesn't soak into the skin. If you get it in that time frame, you're pretty safe," said Purcell.
Adams said if you don't get it in that time frame and you do get the rash, use steroid cream that you can buy over the counter. If it gets worse, don't hesitate to go to your doctor.
As we head into fall, Dr. Adams said if poison ivy or poison oak is burned, people can have serious allergic reactions. He said if you are wheezing or having trouble swallowing, see your doctor immediately.
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