Usually people come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac in wooded areas, in parks, or on beaches. If these plants invade your yard or property, you may wish to remove them permanently.
Dispose of the plants according to your local regulations. Do not compost the dead plants. Urushiol breaks down too slowly, and chopping the vines for the compost heap increases exposure to the oil.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofOctober 5, 2017
Current as of: October 5, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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