With St. Patrick’s Day
approaching, I’ve had my eyes peeled for a four leaf clover that will bring me
the luck of the Irish.
If you are taking advantage of daylight savings time by going
on longer walks, hiking, or mountain biking through back roads lined with wild flowers,
then you too probably have your eyes peeled for one of these lucky charms.
If so, make sure it
is a lucky charm and not an unlucky rash you may be picking! What may appear
as clover may actually be Poison Oak (Toxicodendron
diversilobum) or Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron
sure you know the difference between these plants before you pick anything!
There’s a reason why the scientific names of Poison Oak
and Poison Ivy begin with “Toxic” – the urushiol oil,
which is the active ingredient in the leaves and stalks of these plants, can cause
a serious, itchy rash that spreads like wild fire
(and feels like it too).
Should you get unlucky and pick the
wrong leaf, you can take steps to prevent a rash from occurring by cleaning the urushiol oils off your skin as
soon as possible. The fastest, most convenient way is with Action Wipes. The
sudsing action in the wipes will help remove the oils from your skin and
prevent the rash from forming*. How do I know? Click
here and find out!
Little known fact: As nasty as these plants can be, the
pollen from the flowers makes the most amazing,
* This has not been medically proven. Some
people may develop a rash regardless of treatment. Consult a physician should a rash develop.