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Is This Poison Ivy?

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Submitted by:  Dina Lewis
Date Submitted: May 11, 2003
Location: not given

Question Asked: I came down with a terrible rash and allergic reaction two weeks ago and the doctor told me it was likely contact with Poison Ivy. Since I work in the yard a lot but am not sure about some of the plants we have, can you help me to identify if this is poison ivy??

Answer: This plant is your likely culprit for that rash, Dina. It looks like a nice little poison ivy plant. The leaves have the right shape and all but what's interesting is that the stem for the middle leaf is shorter than most I've seen. Can you tell me what region of the country you live in? I know that the plants can vary greatly in appearance across the country