A quick overview of poison ivy, oak, and sumac facts and myths.
How Soaps Work
A general discussion how oil is removed by soaps or solvents and how different products may work.
A collection of pictures identifying poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Pictures are being added which detail the changes in the plants in the various seasons. There are also links to other great sites which have more photos.
A place where viewers can place their pictures related to poison ivy, oak, or sumac.
There are a number of plants mistakenly identified as poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. This section covers a number of the more well-known "imposters".
Virginia Creeper is often mistaken for poison ivy as it grows under similar conditions and is a vine-type plant. Virginia Creeper is very distinctive with 5 leaves.
The Ashleaf Maple (or Boxelder) is a medium-sized tree with irregular form.
Here you'll find a collection of pictures and information about allergic contact dermatitis rashes. Most caused by contact with urushiol oil as contained in poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.
A place where we try to identify the plants that our viewers have sent us. Some may be poison ivy, others not.
Is This Poison Ivy?
Wow - there certainly are a number of plants that look like poison ivy or poison oak or poison sumac! This is the place to see if that plant you just touched really is poisonous. Here is where we try to identify the plants that our viewers have sent us. Some may be poison ivy, others not.
A short page of notes from the maintainer of this website.
A list of commercial products available to treat the Urushiol-induced rash with links to the product site. There is also a small list of viewer recommended products.
A very LARGE list of commercial and home remedies, regimens, and treatment ideas for dealing with an allergic reaction to poison ivy, oak, or sumac suggested by our viewers.
Prescription / Medical
Viewer suggestions relating to doctors, prescription medications, and other medical field related.
Describes both natural and synthetic steroids used in the treatment of rashes. Includes their interactions with other drugs, and the generic and brand names for the steroids.
Viewer suggestions for products that are sold commercially and specifically to treat poison ivy, oak, sumac.
Testimonials about the commercial product, Zanfel.
Technu - Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac Treatment
Testimonials pertaining to the commercial product, Technu.
Urushiol oil can easily be washed off IF done before the oil bonds. Here are a number of water-based rememdies.
From the Kitchen
Viewer suggested remedies which can be found in your kitchen cabinet.
From the Medicine Chest
Viewer suggested remedies which can be found in the medicine chest.
From the Cleaning Supply Cabinet
Viewer suggestions for remedies which can be found in the cleaning supplies including soaps.
Natural remedies most of which are wild plant based.
homeopathic remedies discussed by viewers.
Care & Control of the Itch
Recommendations for managing the itch from the rash.
Regimens for treating poison ivy outbreaks
Viewer suggestions that don't fit in the categories above.
This page is a MUST read. This page contains warnings from very knowledgeable authorities.
A place where viewers can ask and answer questions about poison ivy, and its cousins.
Questions we've received about poison ivy, oak or sumac with answers.
Frequently Asked Questions about identifying and controlling poison ivy, oak, and sumac as well as identifying and treating the rash.
Brief definitions with pictures of terms used when handling poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and other plant identifications.
Lots of great links to other poison ivy, oak or sumac related sites grouped by category. Find treatments, quizzes, rash identification, control methods and more.
Some suggestions on controlling poison ivy, oak and sumac plants. If you're lucky you may be able to fully remove the plants - I've only been able to get them under control.
Links to predefined queries of popular search engines. Find info on poison ivy fast.
A listing of books available from Amazon about poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac identification, treatment, and control.
Listing of the entire Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Information Center website.
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