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Jul 14, 2018 5:23 PM CST
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Sharpsville, PA
This is outside my house in Sharpsville PA. I came in contact with the liquid in a branch and now I have a terrible rash. Can you tell me what it is please?
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Jul 14, 2018 5:28 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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well it appears maybe a couple of things growing together,? hard to tell.
My guess is poison oak.
if the rash is really bad and you just can't stand it, go to the dr. They gave me some pills, some type of steroid? and it got rid of really really quickly.
Whatever this is, do not burn it, it can cause rash by inhaling the smoke. Also if you get it on your clothes, wash them separately w hot water and extra soap and rinse. It can stay active on clothes, pets, furniture, tools ect.
Jul 14, 2018 5:53 PM CST
Name: Sue
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The third picture appears to have some poison ivy mixed in with the shrub.
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Jul 14, 2018 6:03 PM CST
Name: Virginia

I agree ; I'm pretty sure I saw poison ivy in there. "Leaf of three, let it be." But if it's in your landscape, it's better NOT to let it be. Put on gloves, and pull it out, or better still- get someone else who isn't allergic to remove it for you.

Sorry you had that encounter; here are some tips for feeling less itchy:

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Jul 15, 2018 8:22 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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There are absolutely two different plants there. It is very clear that the main shrub has simple opposite foliage, and is one of the larger Viburnum sp. like Viburnum trilobum, Viburnum opulus, or Viburnum sargentii. This shrub with the large woody stems is NOT your problem.

You also clearly have Poison Ivy growing entwined within this shrub, and this is the source of your itchiness and rash. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) has three-leaved compound foliage that has alternate arrangement along its vining stem. These woody stems will climb in plants like this Viburnum, since a bird probably deposited a seed after eating Poison Ivy fruit. The seed sprouted and the vine grew up within the shrub's canopy. You find it when you prune.

Your first and third images show these trifoliate (three-leaflet) leaves quite plainly. You need to find where the base of the Poison Ivy vine is at ground level, and cut it off to kill the remaining foliage within the shrub. Then, as the Poison Ivy resprouts, treat it with glyphosate or some other nonselective herbicide to kill it.

There are more than a few over-the-counter remedies for Poison Ivy rash. Use them for relief. Wash all the clothes you wore for your pruning exercise to eliminate the oils that are likely still on them.
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