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Re: poison ivy vs poison oak

Subject: Re: poison ivy vs poison oak
Author: Betsy D.
Date: 3/19/2007 11:53 pm
Views: 3677
Status: Approved
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Hi Selma -

Absolutely not true. There is a compound found in poison ivy, oak, and sumac called urushiol oil. It's this oil that bonds with our skin to create a protein that our immune system views as an "invader" and causes the overblown allergic reaction. Urushiol oil can be found in other plants such as the Brazillian pepper tree, mango tree, and other members of the Anacardiaceae family.

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poison ivy vs poison oak (Approved)selma3/19/2007 3:06 pm
  Re: poison ivy vs poison oak (Approved)Betsy D.3/19/2007 11:53 pm