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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Leaves of Three Leave Be


WRIC in Richmond is reporting that this is the prime time to be infected by poison ivy.

The picture depicts poison ivy that I found growing on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

WRIC further reports:

Dr. Scott Greenfield of Patient First says poison ivy grows like wildfire
right now. Marked by its cluster of three leaves, it's the oil on the leaves and
vine that cause the cause the puffy itchy and red blisters. They usually fall in
a line right where the plant comes into contact with the skin.

Besides touching poison ivy, you should not burn it. If you breath the smoke you can infect your lungs. I have known several people that have had severe lung infections by exposure to the smoke, including my father who had to be put on a ventilator until he recovered.

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