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If I can save even one person from getting a rash, then researching and writing this article will have been worth it.

Easton, PA (PRWEB) August 10, 2013

The all-new Cigar Advisor Magazine is an online cigar magazine that brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle. The magazine also features cigar reviews and ratings submitted by real smokers. Cigar Advisor has just published “The Untouchables,” a new supplemental article to their Lifestyle section.

Written as a basic overview of these three nefarious plants and the uncomfortable, itchy rashes they produce, Executive Editor Hayward “Lou” Tenney hopes to make summers across the United States more comfortable with the information he provides in “The Untouchables: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac.”

“I’m extremely allergic to Poison Ivy,” Tenney said, “so when I caught a really bad case of it, I did what any writer would do – I began researching. It turns out that Poison Oak and Poison Sumac are different plants than Ivy, but they all contain exactly the same irritant: urushiol.”

The word comes from a Japanese word meaning “lacquer,” and describes the oily organic allergen common to all three plants. Mind-bogglingly, it is estimated that one quarter ounce of pure urushiol would be enough to give a rash to every person in the world!

The article offers a basic description of each plant, including their appearance and domain, and offers some practical advice for treating urushiol-induced contact dermatitis, the rash that develops after contact with these plants.

“If I can save even one person from getting a rash, then researching and writing this article will have been worth it,” Tenney laughs.

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Cigar Advisor Publishes Article on Avoiding and Treating Poison Ivy and Other Harmful Plants

Healthcheck: Dealing with poison ivy

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Umar Mycka isn’t your average gardener.

“I’m a poison ivy horticulturalist,” he says, “a gardener who specializes in poison ivy removal.”

What Mycka does makes other cringe: wading into backyards and parks filled with the poisonous plant, and digging it out.

He says that while most people can identify its “leaves of three,” they don’t understand how it grows, so they get rashes over and over again.

For one thing, it takes root fast, and spreads quickly. A 2-year-old plant can have a 20-foot vine.

In one yard, a handful of sprigs above ground were hiding a 30-foot vine just below the soil.

“It was under the shrubs,” said Mycka, “under the English ivy. It was under pachysandra. Weed killer only killed the top leaves, not the vine below.”

About 85 percent of us have a reaction to the oil that’s on poison ivy’s leaves and vines.

“It does penetrate your skin,” says Mycka. “It goes into the lower layers of the skin, and it combines with a protein in the skin. You want to get that off before it happens.”

Mycka says you’ve got about 10 minutes to wash it off with lots of soap and water, or wipe it off with rubbing alcohol.

If you do get a rash, contrary to common belief, it won’t spread if you scratch those itchy blisters.

But it will be with you for awhile. It takes 8 days to peak before it diminishes.

Experts remind us that there is normally a boom in poison ivy cases over Memorial Day weekend so beware!


Umar Mycka’s website: idontwantpoisonivy.com

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