Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Poison Ivy

We can find poison ivy on the golf course, usually along the fenceline.

Direct contact is needed to release urusiol oil. Stay away from forest fires, direct burning, or anything else that can cause the oil to become airborne such as a lawnmower, trimmer, etc.

Urushiol begins to penetrate the skin in minutes, but the rash usually takes time to appear. Typically, 12 to 72 hours pass before the person experiences severe itching, redness, and swelling, followed by small or large blisters. When the rash develops after a plant touches the skin, streaks or lines often reveal where the plant brushed against the skin. The rash can appear on any part of the body. It might seem to spread, but this is a delayed reaction. The rash does not spread and is not contagious.

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