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Causes and Symptoms of Poison Ivy


Poison oak or ivy, as it is known as, is a plant that is mostly found in North America. Scientifically known as Toxicodendron diversilobum, it has leaves divided into three densely haired leaflets, with three to seven distinct lobes. It is a woody vine which produces urushiol, a skin irritant that causes an itching rash in most people. The weeds of the plant cause allergic reactions when people come in contact with it. Though not a contagious disease, it leads to a lot of trouble for the infected person. Young people with fair skin are more prone to getting affected by the disease, when compared to others. Itching, inflammation, redness, swollenness and blistering of the skin are some of the symptoms of poison ivy. However, poison ivy can be easily treated at home. In the following lines, we have provided home remedies for curing poison ivy.

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