Poison Ivy on the Skin Pictures

Here are some pictures of poison ivy bumps and rashes on the skin on different parts of the body.

posion ivy on the arm

Poison Ivy on the Arm

poison ivy bumps on the ankle

Poison Ivy Rash on the Ankle


poison ivy bumps on the chest

Poison Ivy Rash on the Chest

poison ivy in eye

Poison Ivy Around the Eye


poison ivy on face

Poison Ivy on the Face


poison ivy on the hands

Poison Ivy on the Hand

poison ivy on the head

Poison Ivy on the Head

poison ivy rash on the knee

Poison Ivy on the Knee

poison ivy rash on legs

Poison Ivy on the Legs

poison ivy skin rash on neck

Poison Ivy Rash on the Neck

poison ivy on belly

Poison Ivy Skin Rash on the Stomach

poison ivy on shoulder

Poison Ivy Rash on the Shoulder

poison ivy on skin

Closeup of Poison Ivy Skin Rash on the Skin

Hopefully, these poison ivy pictures on different parts of the body and on the skin will give you some good examples of what poison ivy skin rashes can look like.



How to Kill Poison Ivy

Poison ivy plants are just like most plants… they will keep growing bigger and bigger and spreading thicker and thicker.  If you have poison ivy plants sprouting up and you are scared you will get a skin rash from exposure to the poison ivy plants you need to nip things in the bud.  Here are some tips on how to get rid of poison ivy plants and kill them for good.

how to kill poison ivy

If you are not allergic to poison ivy you should consider pulling the plants up by the roots.  It’s important to remember that just because you weren’t allergic to poison ivy in the past doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t allergic to it now.  People change and when it comes to poison ivy allergic reactions vary.  When pulling up the poison ivy by the roots be sure to wear gloves that protect your skin just in case.  Also make sure to wash your clothes immediately after touching the poison ivy plants.

If you are allergic to poison ivy or if you just don’t want to risk it, you could always use an herbicide to spray and kill the poison ivy plants.  A good natural herbicide made from plant oils is Poison Ivy Defoliant.  Another option is to use a glyphosphate-based herbicide such as Round-Up.  I personally, use Round-Up spray that says the words Plus Poison Ivy Killer on the bottle.  This spray works great.  It is expensive but it does a great job.

When spraying poison ivy you need to do it in the part of the day where it will get at least four hours of sunlight.  Don’t spray it at dawn or dusk and don’t spray it before or after a rain.  Just wait until a warm sunny day and then spray it.

When spraying the poison ivy be sure not to spray anything else that you don’t want to kill.  Anything strong enough to kill poison ivy will kill most any other plants as well, especially flowers.  So if you are spraying poison ivy in a flower bed or in your garden make sure to be precise with your spray.

After a few days the poison ivy plants should start to turn yellow and continue to dry up.  After a couple of weeks they should be completely dead.  If not, give them a good coating of herbicide spray again.  This should take care of your problem.

Here is one final tip for those of you who have a large area infested with poison ivy.  Get a goat!  I’m serious.  Goats eat poison ivy as they do most any vegetation.  They can clear out entire fields full of poison ivy for you.  I hope these tips help.

Places You Are Most Likely to get Poison Ivy

The best way to not get poison ivy skin rashes are to avoid poison ivy in the first place.  Poison ivy can grow most anywhere, but here are some suggestions of places from which you are most likely to come into contact with poison ivy plants.

burning firewood with poison ivy

  • on trees, at the bottom near the roots all the way up to the top of trees, poison ivy vines can grow anywhere on a tree
  • at the edge of the water – most every time I go fishing I see poison ivy plants growing around the rocks down by the bank
  • anywhere in the woods – the woods are full of poison ivy
  • in the yard – yes poison ivy can grow in your own lawn, I often mow over the top of poison ivy plants but I try to make sure the blower is blowing the chopped up plants and juice away from me.  Also, when I weed eat, sometimes the poison ivy juice gets sprayed all over my legs.  That’s why it’s important to wear pants and tall socks when you trim.
  • You can also get poison ivy from clothes that have touched poison ivy plants
  • You can catch poison ivy from touching a dog or other pets that have walked through poison ivy plants.
  • You can also get poison ivy from carrying in wood, and you can even get it from breathing burning firewood that has poison ivy on it.

There are others, but those are the most prominent ways you can come in contact with poison ivy.  Avoid it at all costs, and always wear pants, socks, and even gloves if you’re working around an area with poison ivy plants.

Poison Ivy Rash Pictures

If you are wondering if your skin rash is poison ivy or not let me tell you poison ivy rashes itch like none other!  It can look differently depending on how your skin reacts to the irritation from the poison, but usually it is read and bubbles up into tiny blisters.  Sometimes the bubbles and blisters can be quite large though.  Below are some pictures of itchy poison ivy skin rashes on various parts of the body so you can see what it looks like and determine if you have poison ivy irritation or not.

poison ivy on the back
Here’s a picture of poison ivy on this guy’s back.

poison ivy bumps
Here is a picture of poison ivy bumps on the arm.

poison ivy on hands
Here’s a picture of poison ivy on the hands and fingers.  When you get poison ivy on your hands or feet it spreads easily because your fingers and toes rub against each other.

poison ivy on the leg
Here’s a photo of poison ivy on the knee and on the leg.

poison ivy rash
Here’s a picture of itchy poison ivy skin rash on the hip.

poison ivy on the ankle
Here’s an image of itchy bubbly poison ivy on the ankle.  Wearing socks can really irritate the skin when you have poison ivy rashes in that area.

poison ivy on the face
Here’s a pic of poison ivy on the face.  Poor woman.

posion ivy on the neck
As you can see in this picture, this woman has red patchy spots of poison ivy rash all over her neck, ears, and face.

poison ivy rash on stomach
Here’s a photo of poison ivy irritation on the stomach.

poison ivy rash on thigh
This runner has poison ivy on his thigh.  That can be extremely irritating while running.  But at least it’s not on the back of his knee.  That is one of the most annoying places to have poison ivy if you are a walker, jogger, or runner.

posion ivy skin rash on elbows
I saved this photo for last because it should be in the hall of fame.  This guy has one of the worst cases of poison ivy I have ever seen, going all over his forearms, elbows, and starting up his shoulder region.  Get this guy some oatmeal soap asap!


What Poison Ivy Plants Look Like

I didn’t know until I was an adult exactly what poison ivy looked like.  I knew it had three leaves but that was about it.  There were many times I walked right through it and got a rash simply because I didn’t know what to look for and couldn’t identify what poison ivy plants looked like.

So here are some pictures of poison ivy ranging from poison ivy growing on the ground to poison ivy growing on vines on trees.  Hopefully this will help you to identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac and differentiate them when you see them in real life.

poison ivy identification
Use the chart above to know the difference in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac.  Although they both have three leaves, the poison oak leaves aren’t nearly as pointed as the poison ivy leaves.  The poison sumac grows out differently with many leaves.

poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
Here they are again, in the picture above, showing you real life plants as opposed to illustrations.  Be on the lookout for each of these because although they are different all three of them can really make you itch and develop a skin rash.  If you turn out to be allergic to the poison your skin rash could be severe.

Contrarly to popular belief, poison ivy is not contagious and cannot be transferred from one person to another.  However, if poison ivy juices get on clothing and that clothing comes in contact with someone’s skin they definitely can develop an irritating skin rash.  People have been known to get poison ivy skin rashes from clothing as much as a year after the clothing came into contact with the poison ivy.  So the next time you come in from the woods, don’t just shower; make sure to wash your clothes right away as well to get rid of any poison ivy juices they may have come in contact with.  Also be aware that you can get it on your hands when you tie your shoes as well, since it’s likely your shoes would have gone through the poison ivy plants as well.

posion ivy plants
Here’s a picture of poison ivy plants growing along the ground.  Notice their three leaf design with pointy tops.

poison oak leafs
Here’s a picture of poison oak leafs.  They have a more rounded top leaf than poison ivy plants.

posion ivy vine
Here is a photo of a poison ivy vine wrapping around a tree.

poison ivy on tree
Here’s another picture of poison ivy plants growing on a tree.

Hopefully you can reference the images above and avoid contact with these types of vines and leafs when you encounter them in the woods.  For my next post, I will be posting pictures of poison ivy skin rashes, so you can see what poison ivy skin irritations look like.  It’s sometimes easy to confuse them with other skin rashes so hopefully I can help clarify for you with good information.  This is a good site for more poison ivy information.

I Hate Poison Ivy

Skin rashes can drive you crazy.  Belive me, I’ve had many of them.  One of the worst things I ever had was turkey mites, where I got bit by and accumulated about a hundred turkey mite bites, but that story will be saved for another day.  The purpose of this site is to give you information and photos of poison ivy.  I’ll be providing you with pictures of itchy poison ivy skin rashes on various parts of the body as well as pictures of various kinds of poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak so you can identify which type of plant you may have come in contact with, or you can use the info to stay away from such plants.

poison ivy

posion ivy skin rash

In my experience it usually takes about a week to ten days for poison ivy to heal up or stop itching, and if you scratch it it could take even longer.  They make lots of medicines to cure the skin rash but I always found that oatmeal soaps helped dry up the poison ivy and soothe the skin, so I highly recommend that as well as any anti-itching ointments you can find.

If you have any personal photos or images of posion ivy please send them to me and we can use those as examples on this website as well.  I hope you find this site useful and helpful.