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Prevent exposure to poisonous plants

July 26, 2014
Nicole Grulke - News Staff Writer , Alpena News

While walking through the woods in northern Michigan, hikers should be aware of several plants that can cause allergic reactions on the skin. The most popular of these plants is poison ivy. This small bush or vine contains an allergin called urushiol oil, which is the cause of the rash that occurs after untreated contact. This oil can be transferred by direct contact, inhalation, or indirect contact, so learning to identify the plant can help woodland enthusiasts from coming in contact with the oil.



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