Poison Oak and Hashing

Poison Oak can be quite prevalent in the Land of Pleasant Shiggy. Most hares love a good off-road shiggy trail anytime they can get you there. So, it's a good idea to be aware of what poison oak looks like, how you can guard against it, and what to do if you should come into contact.

The more widely used trails trails of Santa Barbara are fairly established. Poison Oak is easy to see and easy to avoid. But one shortcut, one wobble on trail, and if'n you're real good, you can end up with some nice little hives.

If you have not given poison oak much thought before, before hashing in Santa Barbara is as good a time as any to start. It can cause a blistering, oozing rash that takes two weeks to clear. If you are allergic to this stuff, it is in your best interest to come to a Hash P-R-E-P-A-R-E-D.

Poison Oak Identification Page
Poison oak has many colors and disguises depending on the season.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Information Center
This web site is dedicated to those individuals that have ever experienced and suffered through the itching and painful rashes associated with contact of an oil called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-ol) from these plants.
Poison Oak: More Than Just Scratching The Surface
Web site with a more scientific approach to Poison Oak with tips for the prevention and treatment of poison oak.

Etiquette of Poison Oak

Because Poison Oak is one of the worst afflictions mankind must suffer, there must be rules of etiquette for dealing with it.

If you have never had poison oak:

If you are immune:

If you have had poison oak:

Poison oak etiquette lifted from Poison Oak FAQ