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Why Am I So Itchy?

It was a beautiful day outside today. The sun was shining bright with white, fluffy clouds in the sky. The temperature wasn’t too warm and not too cold, just right to take a hike to explore nature’s beauty. As the day comes to an end, I am starting to experience a lot of itching on my legs. I grab my back scratching stick and use it to scratch my legs, but the more I scratch the worse it gets. Why am I itching so?

There are three types of plants that can cause an allergic reaction if exposed: poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. These plants contain a sticky, long lasting oil that causes itchiness and rashes once it touches the skin. The oily resin (urushiol) can be found in the leaves, stems and roots of the three plants. Here is some information regarding these types of plants.

Poison Ivy

A poison ivy rash that looks like a straight line due to how the plant brushes against the skin. Even if your clothing or pet comes in contact with the oil, it can be transferred to the skin.


  • Redness

  • Itching

  • Swelling

  • Blisters

  • Difficulty breathing smoke was inhaled from burning poison ivy plants