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Does poison ivy have thorns?

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Toxicodendron radicans, more commonly known as poison ivy, does not have thorns. The most obvious physical characteristic of poison ivy, to help in detection and avoidance, is that the leaves grow in clusters of three.

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The compound that causes irritation from poison ivy is contained in every part of the plant and is called urushoil. This long-lasting compound is stable enough to remain intact long after the plant has died. Urushoil is present in poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac plants; to avoid the rashes associated with this compound, individuals should wash affected areas immediately after contact with the plant.

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    How do you treat poison ivy?

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    Treat poison ivy by immediately rinsing the skin with soap and water, apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, use cool compresses to sooth the skin and take antihistamines to ease symptoms, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Washing all clothing and other items that might have been exposed to the poison ivy plant to prevent additional breakouts or spreading the rash caused by it to others.

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    How do you remove poison ivy?

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    To remove poison ivy, identify the plant, dress in protective clothing, cut the plant to ground level, and dig out the roots. If the poison ivy covers a large area, cut down as much of it as possible, and spray the remaining parts with an herbicide.

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    How do you get rid of poison ivy fast?

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    To get rid of poison ivy as fast as possible, people should begin treatment as soon as symptoms appear or before symptoms appear if they suspect they have come into contact with poison ivy plants, according to WebMD. Those affected should scrub their skin with water and dishwashing soap or rubbing alcohol and rinse frequently to avoid the soap or alcohol drying on the skin and exacerbating the rash.

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    Is poison ivy contagious?

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    According to Everyday Health, the rash from poison ivy and the fluid in the blisters is not contagious. The oils from the plant can spread onto clothing, shoes or any item that was touched by the oils.

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