Weekly Health Tips
Prevent Poison Ivy
To prevent poison ivy outbreaks, learn to identify these plants and avoid contact with them. These plants have a compound leaf made up of three leaflets. They can grow low to the ground or as a shrub or as a climbing vine. A unique feature of the leaflets is that the center leaflet has a stalk, but the two side leaflets do not; they are attached directly to the stem. The side leaflets can have one smooth edge and one jagged edge that give them a sort of "mitten" shape. Another identifying characteristic is that the vines have a fuzzy or hairy appearance. Every part of the plant is poisonous and can cause a reaction.