Traveler Tips Overview
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Poison Oak is abundant in California, especially in the foothills and coastal planes. A slight brush against poison oak can lead to very uncomfortable rash, itchiness and overall discomfort. Symptoms can occur anywhere from an hour to over a day after initial contact. A simple wash with soap can cure the problem if done within an hour or so of contact. Once symptoms surface, there's not much that can be done other than wait it out and use ice to sooth the symptoms.
To identify poison oak remember, "leaves of three, let it be". We've provided a picture above to help you recognize this vicious plant. Most commonly it grows as a bush but can also be found climbing trees as a vine. Here are some little-known facts about poison oak:
In the wet seasons, flash flooding is common. Don't try to go through flooded areas. Instead, wait for the waters to subside. Flash flooding normally occurs in short spurts.