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How To Identify Poison Oak and Poison Ivy

Left: Poison oak. Right: Poison ivy.

Left: Poison oak. Right: Poison ivy.

One highly non-recommended way to identify poison oak or poison ivy is to touch the suspect plant and see if you develop a rash later. But unless you are okay with the most extremely itchiest rash, 10 times worse than any mosquito bite, I don’t recommend that method. Below are two videos detailing much more rash-free methods of identifying poison ivy and oak from the experts.

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Poison oak image from Franco Folini on the flickr Creative Commons Poison ivy image from Robert Benner (mullica) on the flickr Creative Commons

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