Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

I had a question from someone who wondered if poison ivy was still a problem in the park this time of year.  Well, unfortunately, although we’re heading into September, it’s still out there and you still don’t want to get into it!

At Devil’s Lake State Park poison ivy is most common along the Steinke Basin, Johnson Morain and the East Bluff Woods Trails. (The photo above was taken on the Johnson Moraine Trail yesterday.) You’ll rarely find poison ivy in full sun or in the deeply shaded woods. It likes the border areas. Wooded hiking trails provide the perfect mix of sun and shade to keep poison ivy happy.

As fall sets in, poison ivy not only loses its shine but is one of the first plants to turn red. People sometimes assume that this means it’s “safe”. Well, no. While it’s true that poison ivy may get less toxic as it dries out, I still wouldn’t be brave enough to walk through it unprotected.

Poison Ivy Isn't Always "Shiny".

Poison Ivy Isn’t Always “Shiny”.

According to UW Health, if you have a poison ivy reaction, your best options are to soak the area affected, apply a wet cloth or use calamine lotion.  They also advise NOT to use topical Antihistamines, anesthetics that contain benzocaine or antibiotics that contain neomycin which could cause further problems.  Of course, if you find yourself having extreme reactions such as trouble breathing, swelling around the face, eyes or genitals, or spreading oozing blisters get to a medical facility right away.  Follow This Link For More Details. 

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