Plants

Poison Ivy

Toxicodendron radicans

It's a climber!

This shape shifter comes in two sizes: a shrub
that's less than 6 feet tall, and a looming vine
that climbs up to 150 feet. Yikes!

What's that glare?

Poison Ivy leaves are known to have a shiny
glossy coating. It's best not to dig for shiny
stuff in the woods.

Don't eat the berries!

Poison Ivy plants produce greenish white
berries that birds like to eat, but you
definitely shouldn't.

Why's it make you itch?

Urishol Oil. It's coated in it - leaves, stem,
berries, you name it! Even the smallest
amount can cause an irritating rash.

Irritation Level - 4

Ranges from annoying rash
to "ARRGHHH SO ITCHY"
depending on exposure.

Itch Irritation Relief

You can't make the rash
go away but you can
stop the itch.
Be prepared with

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Poison Oak

Toxicodendron diversilobum

Three's a party!

A poisonous party. Each node off the stem
has 3 leaflets attached to it.

Friend or Foe?

These might look like friendly Oak Tree
leaves, but they're not. Their scalloped
shape can trick even the savviest explorer.

Don't Stop To Smell These Flowers

Poison Oak often has yellow or green
flowers and clusters of greenish-yellow
or white berries.

Where does it live?

Luckily this pesky plant is rare in Canada, but it's
still been encountered in remote areas on the east
coast of Vancouver Island & some nearby islands.

Irritation Level - 4

A blistering rash that could
find you diving into an ice
bath in search of relief,
depending on exposure.

Itch Irritation Relief

Unless you can turn back
time, that rash isn't going
anywhere. Luckily you can
stop the itch with

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Poison Sumac

Rhus vernix

Please leaf me alone!

Each stalk has 7 to 13 leaflets that are
oval to oblong in shape; since they share
a common stalk, it's a compound leaf.

Friend or foe?

Check the berries!
Poison Sumac has hairless berries that
change from green to grey-white as they
mature. The berries on non-toxic Sumac
are hairy and red or crimson.

Look up!

This shrub or small tree ranges
in height from six to 20 feet tall!

Irritation Level - 5

Mild to severe blistering that
could make the bravest of
outdoor explorers scratch
themselves silly.

Itch Irritation Relief

Aside from wearing mitts
to prevent yourself from
scratching, you can
stop the itch with

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Insects

Mosquito

Culicidae

Shady Characters

Mosquitos like to
hangout in dark, cool,
areas, like the forest.
It's the perfect cover
for jumping
unsuspecting hikers.

Itchy Spit!

Why the itch? Mosquito spit.
Their saliva causes an
irritating itch that you're
likely familiar with.

Working 9-5

Mosquitos are most active
from dawn until dusk.
Unfortunately they don't
all go to bed when the sun
sets, be prepared for
nighttime nibbles.

The Fairer Sex

It's the females you need to look
out for. Male mosquitoes are
large, which may look
intimidating, but they don't bite.

Beware Standing Water

Females lay their eggs in water, that's why you'll notice
a lot of them hanging out near lakes and ponds.

Irritation Level - 3

Ranging from an annoying itch,
to a two-hand scratch-fest depending
on the number of bites you suffer from.

Itch Irritation Relief

Soothe your bumpy bites
and stop the itch with

Directions for Use

Shake well. Spray bite.
Repeat up to 4 times
per day.

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Black Fly

Simuliidae

Multicolour Menace

Don't be fooled by the name,
they're not always black.
Some species are yellowish
orange or brownish grey.

Bite Patterns

Black Flies like to bite
where skin is thin, like
the nape of the neck,
ears, and ankles.

A Mother's Bite

Females rely on blood for
egg development. Their
mouths have small pointed
teeth-like appendages for
cutting skin.

The Current Club

Black flies lay their larvae in flowing
water. Keep your wits about you if you're
heading out near rivers and streams, as
hungry parents-to-be will be circling.

Irritation Level - 3

Itching and localized swelling that
makes you wonder why you went
hiking in the first place.

Itch Irritation Relief

Don’t let the flies keep
you inside and stop the itch with

Directions for Use

Shake well. Spray bite.
Repeat up to 4 times
per day.

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Sun

Sun Rash

Polymorphous light eruption

What Is It?

A rash that appears as a result
of sensitivity to sunlight.

What Does It Look Like?

A red itchy rash that typically
makes itself known a few hours
after suexposure.

Where Does It Hangout?

Sun rash is most common on
the upper chest, neck, back, and the
back of arms.

How Do You Treat It?

Use BENADRYL® Itch Spray to sooth skin and
stop the itch. Take a break from the sun, if you
have to be outside wear protective clothing, stick
to the shade, and wear sunscreen.

Irritation Level - 4

A blistering rash that could
find you diving into an ice
bath in search of relief,
depending on exposure.

Itch Irritation Relief

While you bask in the
shade, stop the itch with

For information only, this is not a
substitute for medical advice. Always
consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health
questions or concerns.

Everyday Allergies

Allergies

Allergy vs. Cold

While a runny nose could be the sign of
an impending cold, if your nose and eyes
are itchy too, it's likely allergies!

Why the red face?

When your body encounters an allergen
it releases histamine, which causes
allergic rhinitis. You can thank that for
your red watery eyes, and runny nose!

Expect The Unexpected

Over 47% of Canadians suffer an
unexpected allergic reaction every year.

Common Culprits

When it comes to
allergens, we're
surrounded! Be wary of
these common offenders:

  • Pollen (especially
    from ragweed)
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Insect stings
  • Mold

Allergic Reaction Relief

Allergies are
guaranteed to take
you by surprise. Be
prepared for itchy,
sneezy, runny
symptoms with

For information only, this is not a substitute for medical
advice. Always consult your physician or health care
provider if you have medical or health questions
or concerns.