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How can you tell the difference between sumac and poison sumac?

Asked by Burl Lavette on September 06, 2021

Categories: Medical health Skin and dermatology


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Not PoisonousBut poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) is also a small tree with leaves like regular sumac. Difference is, poison sumac has clusters of grayish white berries that hang down, and the plants grow exclusively in low, wet, or flooded areas such as swamps and peatbogs.

Can poison ivy spread on your body? Poison Plant Rashes Aren't ContagiousThe rash will occur only where the plant oil has touched the skin, so a person with poison ivy can't spread it on the body by scratching. Even if blisters break, the fluid in the blisters is not plant oil and cannot further spread therash.

How long is poison sumac contagious? Symptoms of apoison sumac rash appear 8–48 hours after exposure and can last for weeks. Some people are more sensitive to the plants and will have harsher symptoms. The rash itself is not contagious, but the oils can be spread if they remain on the skin, clothing, or shoes.

How do you kill poison sumac? Old-fashioned ways of killing poison sumac include spraying brine on the leaves and shoots tokill them, or pouring kerosene or motor oil on the roots (not recommended, since the entire area would be contaminated).