(HealthDay News) -- Most people are allergic to poison ivy, a
three-leafed plant found in most areas of the United States. It
harbors an oil that bonds to any skin that the oil touches, causing
a red, itchy rash.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's how you
can contract a poison ivy rash:
When your skin touches the poison ivy plant itself.
When your skin touches any shoes or clothing that touched the
When your skin touches gardening tools that have touched the
When your hands touch the fur or skin of a pet that has touched
When you're exposed to smoke from a burning poison ivy plant.
The plant's oil is contained within the smoke.
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