Prevention and Treatment of Poison Oak/Sumac
|POISON OAK in the fall. The leaves are glossy, unlike oak leaves. It is active whether you touch dead or live leaves, stems, or even roots! The best preventions are to avoid elevations it grows in or don't come in contact with any part of it.|
| HOW TO DRESS TO AVID POISON OAK EXPOSURE|
This hiker GOT poison oak on this trail to Traverse Creek despite wearing covering including hat and gloves! Unbelievable!
- Cool compresses and cool showers might help.
- 1% hydrocortisone helps some peoples' symptoms, as advised by labels or your doctor.
- Using over the counter antihistamines helps some people.
- Your rash is not contagious, but may spread.
|Old Rubicon Trail|
|Peachy Hiker in poison oak territory.|
None of the suggestions for products are endorsements by Peachy Hiker. I am not allergic, so I couldn't test them. Everything I suggest is based on the first hand experience of people I hike with and research.
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