Seductive temptress in the fall, scarlet leaves shining with the first rain, poison oak wraps colorful curtains around trees inviting the unwary to bring it home.
Once, my mother and I saw a family wading through a forest of the leaves carrying armloads of the beautiful vine. She stopped and warned them. I hope they listened.
If they did get the itchy rash, one of the best treatments is to run extremely hot water over the area. The histomens are released giving itching relief for up to 8 hours.