What you don’t know about poison ivy may hurt you.
1) You can get poison ivy by touching clothing that has the oil on it—or by petting a pet that has been playing in the vines in the yard.
2) You don’t have to touch the leaves to get poison ivy. Many people get it clearing vines off fences and trees.
3) If you burn leaves or wood with the vines on them, it can aerosolize and cause a generalized reaction.
Have you had one too many cases of poison ivy this year? Talk to your dermatologist about a prescription for an oral suspension that can desensitize you to the poison ivy allergen. This must be taken before you are exposed.