Watch Out for the Poison Ivy
Leaves of three, leave them be…
Poison ivy typically grows right along the edge of a trail. If the trail is passing through an open field or meadow poison ivy will be found along the edge usually near a blackberry or raspberry plants.
If you get into poison ivy you have a little while to get the urushiol, the oil in poison ivy that irritates your skin, off of your skin. Once the oil is on your skin, a rash and blisters is dependent on how sensitive you are and how hot it is outside and how open your pores are.
If you have some wet wipes stashed in your pack, begin on the outer edge of where you were exposed to the oils and wipe towards the center. Make sure you don’t inadvertently flip the towel over and get the oils on your hands. Wash the area as soon as you get back to civilization.
If you are near running water and soap, use cold water to wash the exposed area with soap and cold water. Rinse. And, then wash and rinse again.
If you get poison ivy, you can buy a product called Zanfel which removes the urushiol from your skin and relieves the itching. The product is gritty and immediately begins to relieve the itching and burning sensation.
I’m super sensitive to poison ivy and last summer managed to get into some on my calf. The results looked like a second degree burn. Zanfel worked well in getting the oils out of my skin so I could start healing.