There is so much to know about how the Urushiol Oil works on Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac. We hope you are appreciating the tips and if we have not answered all of your questions, if not, just let us know.
1. It is important to identify where the poisonous oils are on your body within a few hours of the incident because the urushiol oil chemically bonds with the proteins in your skin about 30 minutes after contact. About 75% of the population is affected by contact with urushiol, although immunity to urushiol today does not assure immunity tomorrow, and vice versa. Rash symptoms can appear within a few hours but can take two to five days to appear.
2. If you come in contact with Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, an animal, tools, gear, or clothing exposed to any of these, you should wash off with hot water and a strong antimicrobial product as soon as possible. If you can get washed up in the first six hours, before the first symptoms appear, you have a good chance of avoiding an outbreak, and an even better chance of minimizing the effects if you do have one.
3. Once it bonds to cell membranes, urushiol is virtually impossible to wash off and if attached to cell membranes, it then becomes a “warning flag”. This attracts patrolling T-cells and initiates a full-blown immune response. Poison oak can even spread through the air from the pollen.
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