From Homemade Poison Ivy Killer to Rash Remedies, Protect Yourself From This Three-Leafed Plant

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When it comes to summer traditions and rites of passage, you might think of watching baseball, catching fireflies and lazing on the beach. Many of us jump to outdoor activities, like camping or hiking. The only problem? Some of these quintessential summer activities come with a few potential downsides, including sunburns and running into poison ivy. 

According to the American Skin Association, poison ivy reactions are the most common allergic reaction in the United States — one that affects 50,000,000 Americans annually. Not sure how to deal with the plant or its infamous rash? Here's everything you need to know when it comes to encountering poison ivy this summer.