Poison ivy is a plant found in many parts of New York City as well as throughout the United States. It is often found in wooded areas; wetlands; open lots; parks; and yards. This plant may cause a range of symptoms when people touch or eat the leaves, stems or berries, or breathe in smoke when it is burned. All parts of the plant cause an irritating rash on the skin.
Poison ivy leaves always grow in clusters of three. The leaves may look shiny or dull with edges varying from smooth to deeply notched. Leaves are reddish in spring, green in summer and orange or bronze in the fall. Poison ivy can grow anywhere but tends to grow at the edge of pathways, roads, parking lots and fields where vegetation has been disturbed.
See pictures of poison ivy.
Many people have an allergic reaction when the oil from poison ivy plants touches their skin. You may come into contact with poison ivy oil by:
Health effects from poison ivy usually occur 24 to 48 hours after contact with the plant but may appear as early as 30 minutes or up to two weeks later. Signs and symptoms include
You cannot give a poison ivy rash to another person. However, if you have the oil on your skin and you touch a different part of your body or another person's skin, a reaction may occur.
No. It is illegal to let poison ivy grow on a property in NYC.
When removing poison ivy:
Never Burn Poison Ivy Plants!
After completing the work:
If poison ivy touches your skin, do the following as soon as possible:
Call 311 for more information on removing poison ivy or to file a complaint about poison ivy on a property.
For more information on how to treat poison ivy call the NYC Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or 212-POISONS . Poison specialists are available 24 hours a day, with translation services in more than 150 languages.