In Colorado? I grew up in the Midwest. So, when I moved to Colorado, I was surprised to see fence rows without poison ivy. In fact, I was relieved because I’m incredibly allergic to it. While it’s not prevalent in Colorado, it’s alive and well. The best way to deal with its toxic leaves is to know how to avoid it, and if you get it, to know how to treat it.

Here Are Some Poison Ivy Tips

  • “Leaves of three, let it be.” Poison Ivy has 3 leaves and they are often a bit glossy.
  • Not touching it is not enough. Some people are more allergic. Brushing up against it with your clothes, then touching your clothes, is enough. I’m getting itchy just thinking about it. If you are highly allergic to it, then throw your hiking clothes in the wash as soon as you can, and wash your hands and arms.

  • If you get it: 1- Keep it dry. Calamine lotion is great. I like to use hot compresses to draw out the poison. Pat your skin, don’t scrub or you’ll spread it. Then I’ll dry it out with a hairdryer. Often I’ll repeat the process two or three times.

    2- One of my friends found Hylands Homeopathic Poison Ivy Tables I’m sure their affect varies between people, but both he and I have had the same experience. If taken before or within about a day of getting it, the sores raise up, don’t itch, and instead of breaking and spreading, the sores go away in about a couple days. This has been the best way I’ve found to treat it.

Your Advice & Stories

I’d love to hear your comments on how you treat poison ivy & your stories of getting it (I’ve heard some funny ones).