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.
August 30, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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