You’ve probably heard the old adage: “Leaves of three, let it be.” Guess what? It’s true! Because poison ivy can be found all over the country, we at Westchester Health feel it’s important at this time of year to let our patients and parents know how to recognize and avoid it this bothersome plant. To that end, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, explains the best ways to spot poison ivy.
Hot spring and summer weather means that a lot of people spend more time playing and running around outside. It also means the re-growth of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, which can cause a lot of problems. As many as 50% of people who come into contact with these poisonous plants will have an allergic reaction to them. Knowing what they look like and avoiding contact with them is the first step in avoiding an itchy, painful rash, or worse, a severe reaction requiring medication, writes Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Peter Richel in a timely blog.