November 22, 2019

Because What ‘Gotham’ Needs Is More Villains: The Scarecrow Is Coming

Batman Begins Scarecrow

Fox’s Gotham has already introduced pre-Batman versions of Penguin, Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Sal Maroni, and Carmine Falcone, with plans to bring on Harvey Dent, Victor Zsasz, and Mr. Freeze in future episodes and clues about the Joker littered throughout. But apparently that’s still not enough.

Executive producer Danny Cannon has just confirmed that the Scarecrow will be making an appearance this season as well. Or, to be more accurate, a child who will one day become the Scarecrow will. Hit the jump for more details on the Scarecrow Gotham episode.

Comic Book Movie reports Cannon spilled the details during an appearance at Comikaze. “We’re breaking the story now. The villain will be seen as a child, before he takes on the Scarecrow moniker,” he said. “In fact, it’s something that will be passed on to him from his father, which will create an eventual enemy for Batman while still having an adversary for Jim Gordon.”

In the comics, Scarecrow is the villainous alter ego of Dr. Jonathan Crane, a psychologist who specializes in phobias. He induces fear in his victims through a combination of drugs and mind games. His only live-action appearance to date has been in the Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Cillian Murphy.

Not much is revealed about Crane’s childhood in the comics, so Cannon and his team should have a lot of space to work with. Assuming his Scarecrow is even Crane, that is — as we saw with Ivy Pepper a.k.a. Poison Ivy, he’s not adverse to changing up names and backstories to suit his vision.

On the one hand, the Scarecrow is a fun, classic villain that fans will no likely be pleased to see on the show. On the other, Gotham already has more villains than it seems to know what to do with. Oswald Cobblepot gets some good screentime, but Selina Kyle has little to do on the show besides lurk and Ivy Pepper hasn’t even appeared since the pilot. Is another future baddie really what Gotham needs right now?

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GPM Pediatrics physician provides treatment, prevention tips on poison ivy

GPM Pediatrics physician provides treatment, prevention tips on poison ivy

Published on June 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Dr. Michael Gabriel, a Staten Island Pediatrician, provides advice on how to avoid poison ivy plants, and treat or prevent rashes.

According to an article published by KidsHealth.org, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain the same oily substance that causes rashes, urushiol. Recognizing oily plants during different parts of the year is important since they can look different depending on the season. Poison ivy can often be red during the spring, green during the summer and brown during the fall.

An allergic reaction to poisonous plants occurs for 60-80 percent of people within hours or as late as 5 days after coming in contact with a plant. Often time’s poison ivy can be prevented, according to the article. Avoiding areas where poison ivy is present is the key way in preventing poison ivy rashes, along with learning to identify plants, and wearing proper clothing when engaging in outdoor activity.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatrics center, says that poison ivy season is in full swing. “Poison ivy can be very dangerous for children, especially because they have very sensitive skin. I advise parents to teach their children how to identify poisonous plants and the risks associated with them.” Gabriel urges parents to have their children shower after outdoor activity near plants but not to give baths. “Giving a bath can spread the oils around the tub and can make the condition worse.”

Dr. Gabriel says that once poison ivy is contracted, it is very difficult to get rid of and can be uncomfortable. “Calmine lotion is popular but has mixed results. If the condition gets severe for your child you must contact your local pediatrician to get the proper treatment,” Gabriel explains. “Be aware of any outdoor pets that your family has as well. Dogs often rub up against poison ivy and the oils can transfer to your kids.”

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Dealing with dermatitis

DERMATITIS is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. Although dermatitis can have many causes and occurs in many forms, this disorder usually involves an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin.

Skin affected by dermatitis may blister, ooze, develop a crust or flake off. Examples of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis (eczema), dandruff, and rashes caused by contact with poison ivy or certain metals and leathers.

Dermatitis is a common condition that usually isn’t life-threatening or contagious, however it can be very uncomfortable.

Each type of dermatitis may look a little different and may tend to occur on different parts of your body. The most common types of dermatitis include:
• Atopic dermatitis (eczema). Usually beginning in infancy, this red, itchy rash most commonly occurs where the skin flexes, such as inside the elbows, behind the knees and the front of the neck. When scratched, the rash can leak fluid and crust over.
• Contact dermatitis. This rash occurs on areas of the body that have come into contact with substances that either irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy, leather or metals, The rash may burn, sting or itch. Blisters may develop.
• Seborrheic dermatitis. This condition causes a red rash with yellowish and somewhat “oily” scales, usually on the scalp and sometimes on the face, especially around the ears and nose. It’s a common cause of dandruff. In infants, this disorder is known as cradle cap.

A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors and irritants can cause different types of dermatitis:
• Atopic dermatitis (eczema). This condition often occurs with allergies and frequently occurs in families in which members have asthma, hay fever or eczema.
• Contact dermatitis. This condition results from direct contact with one of many irritants or allergens, such as poison ivy; jewellery containing nickel, and certain cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics.
• Seborrheic dermatitis. This condition is common in people with oily skin or hair, and it may come and go depending on the season. It’s likely that hereditary factors play a role in this condition.

A number of factors can increase your risk of developing certain types of dermatitis. Examples include:
• Age. Dermatitis can occur at any age, but atopic dermatitis (eczema) usually begins in infancy.
• Allergies and asthma. People who have a personal or family history of hay fever or asthma are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis.
• Occupation. Jobs that put you in contact with certain metals, solvents or cleaning supplies increase your risk of contact dermatitis.

Scratching the itchy rash associated with dermatitis can cause open sores, which may become infected. These skin infections can spread and may, very rarely, become life-threatening.

Dermatitis treatment varies, depending on the cause. Using corticosteroid creams, applying wet compresses and avoiding irritants are the cornerstones of most dermatitis treatment plans.

• Use non-prescription anti-itch products. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can temporarily relieve itching. Oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (for example, Benadryl), may be helpful if itching is severe.
• Apply cool, wet compresses. Covering the affected area with bandages and dressings can help protect your skin and prevent scratching.
• Take a comfortably cool bath. Sprinkle your bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal, which is a finely ground oatmeal that’s made for the bathing.
• Avoid scratching. Cover the itchy area with a dressing if you can’t keep from scratching it. Trim nails and wear gloves at night.
• Wear cotton clothing. Smooth-textured cotton clothing can help you avoid irritating the affected area.
• Choose mild laundry detergent. Because your clothes, sheets and towels touch your skin, choose mild laundry products that are unscented. Avoid fabric softeners.
Avoiding dry skin may be one factor in helping you prevent future bouts of dermatitis. These tips can help you minimise the drying effects of bathing on your skin:
• Bathe less frequently. Most people who are prone to dermatitis don’t need to bathe daily. Try going a day or two without a shower or bath. When you do bathe, limit yourself to 15 to 20 minutes, and use warm, rather than hot, water.
• Use only mild soaps. Choose mild soaps that clean without excessively removing natural oils. Deodorant and antibacterial soaps may be more drying to your skin. Use soap only on your face, underarms, genital area, hands and feet.
• Dry yourself carefully. Whisk water off your skin with the palms of your hands. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel after bathing.
• Moisturise your skin. While your skin is still damp, seal in moisture with an oil or cream. Pay special attention to your legs, arms, back and the sides of your body.

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Poison Ivy More Widespread This Year

JACKSON, Tenn- Summer months mean warmer weather and more outdoor activities; but in some cases it could mean more exposure to poison ivy.

“Leaves of three, let it be,” said David Mercker, a forester at UT Extension. “In other words stand back form it because that’s how we identify poison ivy.”

With the itch-causing vines becoming more widespread this season, avoiding it can be tough.

“It can be through camping, playing, gardening work, or whatever, you can be exposed to it,” said Mercker.

He said while it’s ideal to wear long sleeves and pants while doing outside activities to avoid exposure, that’s not always possible for some. So learning how to identify the plant is a way to take precautions.

Merker said if you think you’ve come into contact with poison ivy, wash the area with soap and water, immediately after exposure.

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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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An itchy situation: treating poison ivy

Relieve itching from poison ivy
04/30/13 08:44

Q: Our son has contracted his first case of poison ivy this season. What is the best over-the-counter treatment? At what point would he need a prescription?

Poison ivy contains an oil called urushiol. About 85 percent of people are allergic to urushiol and will develop a rash from direct contact. Sometimes, a rash can occur after indirect contact, for example via a pet, clothing or camping equipment. The rash typically will appear about 12 hours after exposure and may worsen or progress over the next several days.

To prevent poison ivy, it is important to be able to identify and avoid the plant. Remember the phrase, “Leaves of three, beware of me.” If poison ivy cannot be avoided, then wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves and consider applying a barrier cream such as bentoquatum.

If your son comes into contact with poison ivy, he should wash the area with cold water (and soap if available) immediately to remove the oil from the skin. If rash develops, oatmeal baths, calamine lotion or Burrow’s solution may be helpful for symptomatic relief. Creams and ointments that contain benzocaine, zirconium or antihistamines should be avoided because some people are allergic to these ingredients. Oral antihistamines, such as Benadryl, may help relieve itching.

A person should seek medical treatment if the rash is widespread, near the eyes, if he or she has an underlying skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, or if the rash is not resolving after a week. More information about poison ivy is available at aad.org.

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