I hope you had a great holiday weekend! I spent mine doing a lot of yard work as I tend to get behind sometimes on all that during the summer.
The warm weather entices me to be outside and that kind of non-cerebral work is relaxing to me in its own way. Some of my best writing ideas come to me when I'm focused on something I enjoy doing.
This time was no exception as I realized certain PLANTS can be a real source of problems for some. Skin irritants in the environment you live in can also play a role in how your skin looks.
This is also a great time of year for campers, hikers, and gardeners (like me) to encounter some of nature's most common skin irritants: poison ivy, oak and sumac.
Despite their ominous moniker, these plants create different reactions in people, and in cases where there is a severe allergy to them, serious health risks can occur.
I have a good friend who has this problem and his reaction was so bad he had to be given shots to calm the allergy down.
If you encounter poison ivy, you might have red, itchy bumps or blisters that appear in the days following your encounter, and lasting about 2-3 weeks. This reaction is caused by an allergic reaction to a resin found in the plant called urushiol.
If the rash is severe or in a particularly frustrating area, such as the face, a medical professional may prescribe a treatment of oral steroids to reduce the inflammation.
Another treatment is the drug Bentoquatam, sold under the trade name IvyBlock, which has been shown to absorb urushiol, and to help prevent and relieve rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac.
It is a good idea to find pictures of these plants so you are familiar with them (show them to your kids as well if you have them) as they grow in almost every climate during warm weather.
Because this plant group usually has leaf grouping of 3 leaves - there is an easy little jingle to help you remember "leaves of three, let them be".
While you're avoiding urushiol, you may be voluntarily subjecting yourself to another very common irritating plant chemical: capsaicin. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes hot peppers "hot."
Besides burning your tongue when you eat it, capsaicin can also create an intense burning sensation in your skin and eyes.
Unless you have an allergic reaction to capsaicin, though, just washing thoroughly with soap and water should be sufficient treatment for your skin. Those with high sensitivity to it can have an unpleasant internal reaction as well.
Other typical outdoor plants that can cause skin reactions are cedar, pine, spruce, mint, and tomato plant oil from the leaves. Should you find a reaction to these a salve of baking soda mixed with a little olive oil will often calm the area down. In some cases an antihistamine may be required.
Your best prevention against skin irritation from plant contact is keeping your skin covered. Wear sufficient clothing to come between you and the plants when you're walking among natural brush.
Also, wear protective gloves and use caution when handling the leaves of poison ivy or the pods of hot peppers and any other plants that may cause you problems individually.
As we enjoy the warm summer days ahead, I hope this helps you have fun outside without a skin allergy ruining it for you.
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