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How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy

Introduction

Poison ivy is a type of plant that is poisonous for people and after it contacts human skin, it receives rashes and itches. Poison ivy can also bring irritation to domestic animals' skin as well so even if you avoid the leaves of this plant yourself, you are at risk of making your dearest dogs or cats suffer.

The sooner you get rid of poison ivy plant - the smaller the chance that they would spread and that they would appear (young plants take longer time to grow once again). So it's always better to get rid of poison ivy as soon as you've noticed it.

Do's

Ivy is a plant that grows better in wet areas, so you need to prepare dry conditions for this plant first. We recommend you to use pesticide to make sure you get rid of poison ivy fast and once and forever.

1

Apply chemicals

Buy a pesticide, herbicide or a weedkiller, for example Roundup QuikPRO, Glyphosel Pro or use whichever you trust more. Spray it all over poison ivy plant, make sure it's on its leaves and stem as well. Of course at this step it's very important to avoid spraying this chemical on domestic decorative plants. Plant of poison ivy should start drying out little by little now, when you notice that the whole plant is dry - repeat the process once again.

2

Remove plants

Before starting any further action, make sure you are wearing gloves and all the ares of your body are covered to avoid poison ivy rashes!

Remove the plant and all the roots from the ground - the more careful you do that the more chances that poison ivy would never appear on this place anymore. Dried out plant and its roots you can either leave on a surface, in which it's impossible for a plant to grow or you can burn them to make sure the plant is completely dead.

For a better effect, you can cover the area where the plant was growing with a piece of wood, cardboard or plastic bag - as we've said, the plant needs wet area to grow, this way you are drying out the ground to make sure it won't grow again.

Poison ivy rashes treatment

Shower

Take a shower with cool water, make sure you are not using soap or shower gels. Also, avoid using a towel - if you rub damaged area with a towel, you are risking to bring even more irritation to your skin.

Treatment for skin

Apply Cortizone, Tecnu Poison Ivy Scrub, Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion, Aveeno 1% hydrocortisone Anti-Itch cream, Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser, Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion to damaged area. Follow the instruction given by the manufacturer of the cream you are using.

Antihistamine

Take antihistamine to ease the process of going through rashes of poison ivy.

Don'ts

Don't neglect poison ivy

Even if you are 100% sure you will avoid any contacts with its leaves, if you leave the plant to grow, it will spread its territory and become more powerful which means it would be harder to remove it in the future.

Don't ever touch poison ivy with bare hands!

Make sure you are wearing thick clothes that protect all your skin areas. Always wear rubber gloves while getting rid of poison ivy!

Don't postpone visit to doctor

Don't hesitate and contact your doctor in case your condition is only getting worse because of the contact with poison ivy, if you don't feel good in general or in you are feeling you have a fever.

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Conclusion

Our team recommends you to get rid of poison ivy as soon as you notice this plant. The younger the plant is - the easier it is to get rid of it. If the plant is old and powerful, there's a high risk of it appearing on the same place, in this situation just make all the actions to get rid of it once again.

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