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Poison ivy and its pals: some common myths

Poision ivy, poision oak and poison sumac look very different, but they're all part of the same family, and they all cause an allergic reaction for most people


June 26, 2019 

Summer + outside = poison ivy

So, you wore shorts in the woods, and now your skin is itchy, red and swollen. Congratulations, you may have picked up the juice from a member of family Anacardiaceae, which include poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

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