Poison Ivy, is a common plant in Middle Tennessee that contains a chemical oil (Urushiol) that can cause the skin to develop a red, itchy rash. The oil is present in all parts of the plant and can be carried on a pets fur and later transferred to people when they pat or touch the animal. Even the smoke from burning poison ivy can be harmful. Burning poison ivy produces smoke that contains Urushoil that when inhaled can cause serious respiratory problems.
To prevent the itchy allergic reactions caused by Urushiol learn how to recognize and avoid poison ivy. And always remember, “Leaves Of Three, Let It Be!”