Poison Oak and Ivy Season

Poison Oak and Ivy Season | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, Phoenix

Poison Oak and Ivy Season

There are numerous types of rashes and causes of rashes. Spectrum Dermatology treats all kind of rashes, from swimmer’s rash to shingles, but in the summer months there’s a spike in rashes caused by poison oak, poison ivy, and a myriad of additional plants found in the outdoors. Before you begin an outdoor hike, make sure your legs are fully covered and ankles are protected by socks and/or hiking boots.

Poisonous Plants and Rashes

Poisonous plants can be found anywhere in the outdoors, including your yard. It is a good idea to learn how to identify (and avoid) them. By far, one of the most well-known is poison ivy. It is found in every state and can grow anywhere, from weedy areas to roadsides and along fences. It is known for growing in trio clusters, and one of the inspirations behind the saying, “Leaves of three, let them be.” Technically, it is the sap of poison ivy that can cause rashes.

Poison oak is also found throughout the country, but has no relation to the oak tree. It is more often found in woods, and particularly in dry areas. Leaves are green in the summer (they can be red in spring) and berries are visible in the autumn. Poison oak rashes usually show up in thin skin areas like ankles, wrists, and the neck.

Poison sumac is a shrub with a reddish stalk. It is the bright yellow flower that is poisonous (and attracts admirers). Poison sumac prefers wet environments and grows near streams, wetlands, and ponds. Wood nettle is also found near streams and in forests, and is technically an herb. The purple or green leaves boast “hairs” that are actually stingers.

Stinging nettle is a close cousin to wood nettle, and also features hairs. It can be spotted around the nation, but is most common near mountains and in forests. It looks similar to a weed, with a pink flower in the shape of a heart. Ragweed is well-known for causing allergies, but it can also cause rashes. You will find ragweed in rural areas awash in sunlight.

Rash Treatment at Spectrum Dermatology

Contact Spectrum Dermatology if you think your rash needs medical attention. With four offices in the greater Phoenix valley, you can trust our board certified experts to provide quality care. No matter the cause of your rash, get in touch with Spectrum Dermatology for fast relief.