Few things in the outdoors can ruin a good time like poison ivy. The plant grows in a wide variety of habitats, and the rash-causing oil can linger on object for years.

This video will tell you how to avoid this problem, as explained by a scientist who has studied poison ivy for decades.

Urushiol oil in poison sumac, poison oak, and poison ivy may produce a severe skin rash. Timely urushiol removal can prevent poison ivy skin reaction. The key is to understand how poison ivy works.

Watch and learn!

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.