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New Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray Provides All-Day Comfort

New Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray Provides All-Day Comfort

Now itch relief is just a spray away with new Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray…No rubbing, no mess for use anywhere and anytime.

Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray

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Poisonous plants (poison ivy, oak and sumac) have unfortunately benefited greatly from climate change in recent years, increasing significantly in number and rash-causing potency. Most Americans will develop an allergic reaction if exposed to poison plants (according to the American Academy of Dermatology). So as outdoor enthusiasts and families prepare for summer adventures in nature, they should be aware that the risk of an uncomfortable poison plant reaction is greater than ever. This year, Ivarest adds a new treatment to the well-prepared family’s summer kit – Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray gives consumers the means to treat a reaction throughout the day, even away from home.

New Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray cools and soothes irritated skin with proven medications, including pramoxine hydrochloride (an analgesic to stop the itch), and zinc acetate (a skin protectant to dry the rash). The formula also includes glycerin, which prevents dripping and keeps the medication where it’s needed. Because it goes on clear and no rubbing is needed, sufferers and parents can use the spray anytime throughout the day when cleanup after application isn’t practical, or anytime additional relief is needed … plus, the no-touch application is gentle enough for even the most painful rashes.

Ivarest Spray is the perfect complement to Ivarest Cream, which provides a comprehensive treatment for poison plant reactions and insect bites. Ivarest Cream’s double relief formula contains an antihistamine and analgesic to soothe itch fast and stop the reaction. Ivarest Cream also provides a protective coating to hold medication in place and dry the weeping rash for up to 8 hours.

For more information about Ivarest Products, visit http://www.ivarest.com.

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New Ivarest Poison Ivy Itch Spray Provides All-Day Comfort

Scratching Away At The Science Behind The Itch

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
Published: 01/28/2014 03:09 PM EST on LiveScience

The sensation of feeling itchy is pretty universal, and yet scientists still don’t completely understand the complex processes that give us the urge to scratch.

Itching can be annoying, but like pain, a little bit can be a good thing. Itching can help people learn to avoid dangers such as mosquitoes carrying malaria, or poison ivy. But many people suffer from chronic itch, which has no direct cause and can be a debilitating condition with few options for relief.

“When people hear about itch, they think about a mosquito bite or chicken pox, which is irritating but very temporary,” said Diana Bautista, a cell and developmental biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who wrote an article summarizing our current understanding of itch, published today (Jan. 28) in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Bautista said people often laugh when she tells them she studies itch. But “from a clinical perspective, chronic itch is a really widespread problem, and incredibly difficult to treat,” she told LiveScience. [7 Weirdest Medical Conditions]

Itch, or ouch?

Like the feelings of touch, temperature and pain, itching involves a complex system of molecules, cells and circuits reaching from the skin into the brain. Most over-the-counter treatments for itching target histamine, a compound involved in inflammation. But many kinds of itch can’t be treated with antihistamines or other available treatments.

Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, systemic conditions including multiple sclerosis, and even some cancers, can all lead to chronic itch, which affects about 10 percent of the world’s population at some point during their lives, Bautista said.

Recent research on itch is revealing its mysterious relationship with pain, according to the paper. For example, scientists have found that the reason scratching an itch offers relief is because scratching causes pain, which suppresses the itch, at least temporarily. They’ve also found that the cells and circuits that transmit pain and itch overlap somewhat.

But although pain can block out itch, some painkillers – such as morphine – can cause itchiness. And some things that cause itch also cause pain, such as capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot.

Scientists now have several theories about this odd connection between pain and itch. One theory suggests the same set of neurons produce an itch when activated slightly, but result in pain when activated fully. Alternatively, different cells might trigger pain and itch signals, but the signals might interact in the spinal cord. There is some evidence for both ideas, Bautista said.

Itching to understand

But itch and pain don’t always go together.

For example, the antimalarial drug chloroquine is known to have a side effect of severe itch. In one recent study, scientists bred mice to have nerves that lacked a receptor that responds to chloroquine. These mice didn’t show signs of itching, but they did have normal responses to pain. The findings suggest these nerve cells are required for itch, but not necessarily for pain, the researchers said.

Many itch receptors found in mice are also found in humans. Often, researchers take molecules known to play a role in chronic itch in humans, and study the effects in mice that lack these molecules.

From this research, scientists have identified some of neurons and signals involved in chronic itch, but the search for treatments continues.

“It’s an exciting time, because there have been a lot of basic discoveries in the last five years,” Bautista said.

Some promising treatment approaches involve targeting receptors on immune cells, which may be somewhat effective against forms of itch that can’t be treated with anti-histamines.

“As we learn more about the system, and which cell types we should target,” Bautista said, “I think we’re going to be able to treat chronic itch more effectively.”

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Health talk: Poison ivy dermatitis

It’s that time of year again when patient’s start clamoring for steroids to treat their poison ivy.

However, oral corticosteroids are not always appropriate for treating poison ivy dermatitis. Oral corticosteroids have significant side effects that can change your mood, increase your appetite and disrupt your sleep, as well as affect the metabolic processes in your body. If dosed incorrectly or taken for too short an interval, it can result in a “steroid flare” with the poison ivy dermatitis returning worse than it was originally.

Learn how to identify poison ivy and avoid it. It typically has clusters of three leaves, color can range from green to red, and it grows as vines, single stalks or shrubs. A Google search will provide images to improve your identification skills.

If you know you are going to be exposed to poison ivy, wear long clothing, although the resin from these plants can soak through clothes and come in contact with skin. Heavy duty vinyl gloves are the best option to avoid exposure.

After possible exposure wash all of your clothes (don’t forget your footwear) and clean any tools that may have been exposed to the resin with detergent. The resin can remain on objects for days and each time you contact it, you re-expose yourself to the allergen. Shower and wash with a mild detergent, such as Dial dishwashing detergent — we keep a bar of FELS-NAPTHA laundry soap in the shower and use it after any possible contact with these plants (commercial products are available but are more expensive).

The resin from poison ivy is highly allergenic. It typically takes 12-96 hours to develop a rash, with symptoms peaking between one and 14 days after exposure. Symptoms are redness and intense itching with development of raised bumps and vesicles, often in a linear pattern. The time to develop a rash and the severity of the rash depends on how much resin you were exposed to and the thickness of your skin. This is why people often think the rash is “spreading.” However, the liquid from the vesicles does not spread the rash, and it cannot be spread to someone else. You can continue to re-expose yourself if something has the resin on it, such as your clothes, garden tools or even your pets.

Treat symptoms with cool baths and calamine lotion. Popping blisters can be treated with Burrow’s solution. Contact your physician if you are concerned about secondary bacterial infection, or if the rash is severe, involves your face or genitals or if you do not improve after 2-3 weeks.

Medical treatment with high dose topical corticosteroids can relieve symptoms and shorten the course of the reaction. Oral corticosteroids may be prescribed if the rash is severe covering a significant portion of the body or if it is on the face or genitals. Once again, corticosteroids — topical and oral — can have significant side effects and are often only used in severe situation, so let’s try to prevent “the poison” this summer and avoid side effects of treatment.

Dr. Lara Kauffman is a board certified family physician at Carlisle Family Care. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine in 2005 and has been practicing in Central Pennsylvania for the past five years.

Kauffman is one of five Carlisle Regional Medical Center staffers contributing to the weekly Health Talk column, to appear in The Sentinel every Sunday.

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Poison ivy myths debunked

Poison ivy is growing strong this time of the year.

“It can grow on the ground, it can also grow as a vine climbing up a tree,” said Amber Carothers, York County Park naturalist.

Carothers says poison ivy can be tough to identify, since each plant can have a different look. But a good rule of thumb is: Leaves of three, let it be.

“Typically the leaves that are on the outside kind of look like they have thumbs and the ones on the inside have pinkies and a thumb,” said Carothers.

A majority of people, including Susan Shapiro, are allergic to poison ivy.

Dermatologist George Groleau says it’s the oil from the plant that causes the itchy, burning rash.

“It will interact with your immune cells that are in your skin. If you are allergic, the reaction occurs,” said Dr. Groleau.

That oil can also get on your shoes, your garden gloves and tools. If you touch them, it can transfer to your skin.

“Now, the myth is that if you get the oil, within an hour you are OK. Well that’s going to totally depend on how allergic you are,” said Dr. Groleau.

It’s also a myth that scratching the blisters will spread the rash. It may pop up in different areas of your body over several days because of different sensitivity, and you can’t pass it to another person.

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The Doctor Is In: Poison Ivy

(KPLR) – The recent beautiful weather has encouraged many of us to spend a day in the woods or doing yard work. Some of us developed a streaky, red, bumpy rash that turns into weeping blisters. Poison ivy and related plants are a common problem that can be easily treated and even prevented by learning to identify them. Dr. Sonny Saggar spoke with Christine Buck about this common problem.

You can connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares, and ask him any questions you like.

What are poison ivy, oak, and sumac?
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are plants that can cause a nasty skin rash called ‘allergic contact dermatitis.

When they touch your skin. The red, uncomfortable, and itchy rash often shows up in lines or streaks, often with fluid-filled bumps (blisters) or large raised areas (hives). It is the most common skin problem caused by contact with plants (plant dermatitis).

What causes a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
The rash is caused by contact with an oil (urushiol) found in poison ivy, oak, or sumac. The oil is present in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots. Urushiol is an allergen, meaning the rash is actually an allergic reaction to the oil in these plants. Indirect contact with urushiol can also provoke a reaction like this.

For example, when you touch clothing, pet fur, sporting gear, gardening tools, or other objects that have come in contact with one of these plants. Urushiol does not cause a rash on everyone who gets it on his or her skin. Some people never get a reaction and some people get poison ivy reactions some years but not other years.

What are the symptoms of the rash?
The usual symptoms of the rash are:
●    Itchy skin where the plant touched your skin.
●    Red streaks or general redness where the plant brushed against the skin.
●    Small bumps or larger raised areas (hives).
●    Blisters filled with fluid that may leak out.

The rash usually appears 8 to 48 hours after your contact with the urushiol. But it can occur from 5 hours to 15 days after contact with the plant. The reaction usually takes more than a week to show up the first time you get urushiol on your skin, but the rash develops much more quickly (within 1 to 2 days) after later contacts.

The rash will continue to develop in new areas over several days but only on the parts of your skin that had contact with the urushiol or those parts where the urushiol was spread by touching.

The rash is not contagious. You usually cannot catch or spread a rash after it appears, even if you touch it or the blister fluid, because the urushiol will already be absorbed or washed off the skin. The rash may seem to be spreading. But either it is still developing from earlier contact or you have touched something that still has urushiol on it.

The more urushiol you come in contact with, the more severe your skin reaction. Severe reactions to smaller amounts of urushiol also may occur in people who are highly sensitive to urushiol. Serious symptoms may include:
●    Trouble breathing – although this is not common with Poison Ivy
●    Swelling of the face, mouth, neck, genitals, or eyelids (which may prevent the eyes from opening).
●    Widespread, large blisters that ooze large amounts of fluid.

Without treatment, the rash usually lasts about 10 days to 3 weeks, but for some people, the rash may take up to 6 weeks to heal.

How is the rash diagnosed?
The rash usually is diagnosed during a physical exam. Your doctor or Nurse Practitioner will examine the rash and ask questions to find out when you were exposed to the plant and how long it took the rash to develop. If you are not sure whether you were exposed to a plant, he or she will ask about your outdoor activities, work, and hobbies.

How is the rash treated?
First strip off your clothes and place them in a plastic garbage bag to prevent them scattering the Urushiol oil elsewhere, if possible. Get into the shower as quickly as you can and wash your skin with cool water and a soap that does not contain oils. Washing the resins from poison plants off of your skin within 30 minutes of exposure can prevent most allergic reactions.

You can apply rubbing alcohol to your skin to dissolve the poison ivy or poison oak oils. If you’re outdoors in the woods when you’re exposed to poison ivy or poison oak, then you can rinse your body off in a running stream.

Make sure to scrub under your fingernails with a toothbrush in case any oil from the plants is deposited beneath them. Remember to throw the toothbrush away after you’re done. It’s no good for anything.

Most poison ivy, oak, or sumac rashes can be treated successfully at home. Initial treatment consists of washing the area with water immediately after contact with the  plants. To relieve symptoms, use wet compresses and take cool baths. Nonprescription antihistamines  and calamine lotion  also may help relieve symptoms. Moderate or severe cases of the rash may require treatment by a doctor or Nurse Practitioner, who may prescribe corticosteroid pills, creams, ointments, or shots (injections) .

How can I prevent the rash from poison ivy, oak, and sumac?
●    The best way to prevent the rash is to learn to identify and avoid the plants. When you cannot avoid contact with the plants, heavy clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and vinyl gloves) and barrier creams or lotions may help protect you.  
●    Poison ivy has 3 shiny green leaves and a red stem. It grows as a vine, typically along riverbanks.
●    Poison oak grows as a shrub and has 3 leaves like poison ivy. Poison oak is typically found on the West Coast of the U.S. although there is an East Coast variety.
●    Poison sumac is a woody shrub with 7 to 13 leaves arranged in pairs. It grows in abundance along the Mississippi River.

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The Doctor Is In: Poison Ivy

Preventing and treating poison ivy


Poison ivy is a native plant so it can’t be eradicated, but there are ways to get it out of your way for the season. (Courtesy of the USDA)

WASHINGTON – It’s the time of year when everyone starts heading outside. And it
is also the time of year when doctors see an uptick in poison ivy cases.

The plant itself is not seasonal. It grows year-round and poses a threat even in
the dead of winter.

However, people are more likely to come into contact with poison ivy when
gardening or
engaging in more active outdoor activities, such as hiking.

Poison ivy is a native plant, which means it will never be totally eradicated.
But WTOP Garden Editor Mike
McGrath says there is a safe way to get rid of it for the season.

He says herbicides are not a good option because even after application, the plant
is still allergenic to the
touch. He also warns that garden gloves should never be worn when removing poison
ivy because the oil in
the plant that causes a rash is easily spread from one surface to another.

“It’s going to be on doorknobs, it is going to be on car handles, it is going to
be on your steering wheel,” McGrath says.

Instead, he says get a big rolling trash can, a helper with a hose and a bunch of
thick plastic shopping bags
from the mall (McGrath says plastic bags from the supermarket are too thin).

“When you see a poison ivy vine, have your helper wet the soil around the base
using the hose. Let it go for
about 3 or 4 minutes until that soil is really saturated,” he says.

Once that is done, slip a plastic bag up each arm, and gently begin to pull out
the roots. McGrath says when
the final root comes out of the ground, pull the bags down over your arms without
touching the vine and
throw the bags and the vine in the trashcan.

Under no circumstance should anyone burn the vines with yard debris because the
oil in the plant mixes
with the smoke, McGrath advises. This mixture can be very dangerous if inhaled.

McGrath says firefighters dealing with wild fires routinely use respirators to
protect their lungs, and they
wear a clay-type compound to protect their bodies from any poison ivy allergens
that might get on their

That compound — Ivy Block — is available over-the-counter and is a good source
of extra prevention for
those who are extremely sensitive to poison ivy. McGrath says for most people, the
best thing to do is just
remember to rinse any exposed areas with cool water immediately after contact with
the vine.

“The more you wash it with cool, clear water, the better the chances you have of
getting the oil off your skin
before the reaction can begin,” he says, noting it takes 10-30 minutes for the oil
to penetrate the skin.

Washing the skin with cool water is key because it dissolves the oil.

Dr. Howard Brooks, a Georgetown-based dermatologist, says he urges his garden
warrior patients to
routinely take a cool shower after working outside, even if they are not sure they
have been exposed to
poison ivy.

However, if patients are exposed, he is ready with a plan of attack. Brooks says
most garden-variety poison
ivy can be treated at home first with cold compresses to reduce inflation,
followed by aloe vera, calamine
lotion or over-the-counter hydrocortisone.

Severe cases demand medical attention, especially when on the face.

“Any infection on the face, around the mouth, nose, if you have swollen eyes,
swollen skin and blistering,
you really want to go in and see a dermatologist,” Brooks says.



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You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

With spring will come green plants, some of which give humans contact dermatitis or irritated skin.

There are three main offenders to watch for locally: western poison ivy, nettles and wild parsnip, said Randy Schindle, private land specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.

All three irritate in different ways, he added.

“Poison ivy has a chemical in it; more an allergic reaction,” Schindle said.

It gives a person water blisters and severe itching, but there’s a simple cure.

“Soap and water takes care of it,” Schindle said. “Get to soap as quick as you can.”

Touching poison ivy isn’t the only danger. If you’re trying to get rid of it with fire, watch out.

“Breathe it in when it’s burning and you’ll get a reaction in the lungs,” Schindle said. “Not a good thing.”

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You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

Poison ivy is a low vine with three leaves that are usually glossy and turn red in the fall. The berries are white/light green and are eaten by birds. Other than feeding the birds, Schindle didn’t know of any other purpose it serves, but said it was a native plant.

Nettles are also native. Look for a wood stem covered with leaves that have serrated edges, and “a greenish-white spike of flowers on top,” Schindle said.

“It gets pretty tall,” he added. “I’ve seen it over six feet.”

Both kinds of nettles – stinging nettle and wood nettle – have “little hairs” that inject histamine and other chemicals, he said.

“It just burns more than anything,” Schindle said of the reaction. It doesn’t cause water blisters, but the skin might get red.

Ironically, it doesn’t burn indiscriminately.

“It only burns where you don’t have fingerprints,” Schindle said. “You can actually touch it with the pads of your fingers, but [if you touch it] with the backs of your fingers, it’ll burn you.”

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You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

The chemicals don’t stand up to boiling water.

“Drop it in boiling water and you have instant spinach,” Schindle said. “I’ve eaten them and they’re quite good.”

Schindle said nettles might be found in health food stores, but he wasn’t sure what it is used for.

Although nettles might made a good substitute for your salad, you don’t want to mistake wild parsnip – and Schindle said it’s easy to do.

“Wild parsnip is in the dill or carrot family,” he said. It’s a wild form of domestic parsnip and looks similar to dill or Golden Alexander, which are beneficial, while wild parsnip is dangerous.

“It will cause very severe blistering and burning,” Schindle said.

Make sure you take note of where wild parsnip grows, because whether you react to it or not depends on when you encounter it.

“Wild parsnip has a photo-chemical reaction that reacts with sunshine,” Schindle said. “If you’re out in the dark, you’re fine.”

Wild parsnip can be a big plant, growing to 6 feet, he said. It has bigger seed than its look-a-likes, and the leaves are different.

Unlike poison ivy and nettles, wild parsnip is not native.

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You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

“It’s a very invasive plant,” Schindle warned.

People can help keep it from spreading by being careful when they mow, particularly road ditches.

“It’s biennial, like carrots,” Schindle said.

Biennials die after two years. The first year, wild parsnip will just get leaves. The second year, it will bloom, go to seed and die. When they are mowed while in seed, it spreads the seeds and allows the plants to proliferate.

It’s best to get rid of it before it goes to seed, Schindle said.

“Mow them just when they’re starting to bloom,” he said.

Another way to get rid of all three is herbicide, but check the labels or ask the advice of a plant expert. Schindle said nettles can be pulled by hand, but you must wear gloves.

“Just be sure of your ID before you decide to control them,” Schindle warned. “You might be controlling a beneficial plant.”

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You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

You don’t want to itch for spring – poison ivy is lurking

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