Poison Ivy and Poison Oak: Identification, Eradication, and Home Treatment

Poison ivy and poison oak both cause nasty, itchy rashes in most people who touch them. Here are some tips on identifying and eradicating the plants and treating the rash.

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These ridges of blisters are characteristic of both poison ivy and poison oak rashes, and are a sure sign that you've wandered through a patch of the toxic plants. Contrary to popular belief, breaking the blisters will not spread the dermatitis. Both species produce a deceptively attractive lush green growth.
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