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January 20, 2018

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

Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

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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Amazon launches “Home Services” business, wants to give you drum lessons


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Today Amazon officially announced Amazon Home Services, a marketplace where customers can request repair work and personal lessons from service providers in their area. The concept is like TaskRabbit—services are provided by individual contractors, not Amazon, but those contractors are rated by customers and vetted by the online shopping behemoth. All services provided are backed by Amazon.

Services include banal things like assembling a bed (from $57 to $140), installing a garbage disposal ($149 to $200), setting up a wireless printer ($84 to $210), or “computer software configuration” ($120 to $210). The value proposition for Amazon Home Services is that people don’t have to call around to find a contractor and then get a quote from them—the price is listed up front. For a custom job, you’ll get a quote delivered to you after you specify the details of the job.

You can also find more whimsical things on Amazon Home Services, like drum lessons or “goat grazers”—sadly there were no master drummers or goats for hire in my area. With drum lessons (or math lessons or French lessons, all of which are listed on Amazon’s website now) buyers can get a free trial lesson and then pay for a package of further instruction through the site. If you’re hiring a goat, the price will depend on how much backyard you need it to eat.

(“Goats can eat thistle, blackberry, English Ivy, kudzu, poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak, wisteria, various grasses, and more,” Amazon’s information page on that service helpfully offers. The online marketplace revolution is about to disrupt goat diets forever!)

Still, the services vary by location (good luck getting anything done in Idaho) and getting the job done is not always as easy as you might imagine. The cheapest service I could find in my area was getting windshield wipers replaced ($15 if you provide your own wiper blades). I selected that service, hoping that a team of underemployed teens/drones would descend on my vehicle within the hour. I was disappointed to learn that, despite the “Home Services” moniker, I could only get the service if I took my car in to a nearby shop—even then, I couldn’t get an appointment until Wednesday. Sorry, but I can replace my own wiper blades, after all.

Some services, like “virus and spyware removal,” will give you the option of coming in to a store that provides the service or tacking on an extra $30 to get someone to do it in your home. That makes Amazon’s computer repair services not unlike Best Buy’s Geek Squad, which has been running a similar business model for at least a decade.

I also checked out the Amazon Home Services page for tire installation. Obviously that’s a service that would be best done in a garage, but the Amazon listing didn’t offer the name of the company providing the service, so I searched for the address of the place I’d have to take my car to, and it came up with SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service in Redwood City. I contacted the owner of SpeeDee, Arun Nageal, and he said he was a part of Amazon Home Services’ beta program and has had seven or eight new customers this year because of the listing on Amazon.

“I took over this business in September of last year, and I was looking at every possible way to grow my business,” Nageal said over the phone. “Amazon coincidentally approached me and said, ‘would you be interested?’… It sounded like a good idea. I’m an Amazon user and a shopper,” he said.

He was a little bit skeptical at first, mostly because Amazon makes service providers list the fees for their services upfront. “It does make me a little bit nervous [to list prices on Amazon], but at the end of the day, you have to do pros and cons, and the con is people are going to know competitors’ prices, but at the end of the day it’s equally easy to just walk over to another shop and ask their price,” Nageal said.

He added that he wasn’t sure what percentage Amazon was taking from transactions done over its new marketplace. “The reason I need to check is I also have something with a Groupon; sometimes it’s a little muddy.”

Amazon has been looking to expand into home services for quite some time, but now that its market has launched, the featured services seem a little slim. Babysitting is not on the list, for example, although it was rumored to be one of the first things offered.

Of course, Amazon takes a cut. (The company isn’t offering details, but The Verge says a beta version of Amazon Home Services’ website showed Amazon taking 20 percent on standard services, 15 percent on custom, and 10 percent on recurring services). It’s safe to assume that the money for Amazon is in installation jobs, where a person comes out once to set up one physical object, ideally also purchased on Amazon.

Once you find a babysitter or drum teacher you like on Amazon Home Services, there’s less of a drive to keep paying through Amazon if the company is taking a cut. If you really love your drum teacher, you’ll pay her under the table and let her keep the extra 10 percent.

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Thanksgiving With the Bears

“It’s a fun atmosphere. I come here every year on Thanksgiving”

That’s what Sarah Cheney says of the Roscoe bar Poison Ivy Pub which has been open for Thanksgiving for the last fourteen years. But this time she says the atmosphere was a little different compared to other years.

“It’s a little more energized I think.”

This because the Bears played against Detroit on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1999.

“It’s kind of fun that it’s the Bears Lions today. I’ve seen a lot of people wearing their Bears jerseys even though it’s Thanksgiving. They still get dressed up for their team,” said Cheney

And, the owner of Poison Ivy, Steve Quies, says Bear fans were not the only ones at the bar.

“We got a lot of people that come in that have family or may not have family in the area.”

Quies says Thanksgiving Day is usually a busy day for him.

“Pretty decent crowd on Thanksgiving it’s kind of all day long just trickle in-out. People stop for a short period and go to their family outings or afterwards they come here. We have several groups that come in after their dinners at their homes. Its been their tradition every year.”

And, while this year was different the Bears game was all too familiar — another loss.

“Big bears fan been following them for years. Little rough this year being a Bear fan but like all Bear fans we’re hanging in there,” said Quies.

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Wildlife: Mast is a critical wildlife food

Last week a caller to my radio show (8-10 a.m. Saturdays on WVLY-AM 1370 Wheeling, online at www.wvly.net) asked that I explain the term “mast.” It’s a great question, especially this time of year.

Fruits and nuts of trees and shrubs are collectively referred to as mast. Fleshy fruits and berries are soft mast; nuts are hard mast.

Crab apples, grapes, cherries and even poison ivy berries are sought by a variety of birds including turkeys, grouse and woodpeckers. Sweet, fleshy persimmons began ripening about two weeks ago. Birds take them on the tree while coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks and opossums gobble up those that fall to the ground.

The flat football-shaped seeds that pass through these mammals’ guts are recognizable in their scats. Hard mast including acorns, walnuts, hickory nuts, and beechnuts trigger a competitive feeding frenzy among squirrels, chipmunks, deer, bears, turkeys, mice, jays, woodpeckers and nuthatches.

Acorns, the fruits of oak trees, are the most important mast in Eastern deciduous forests. Where oaks are common, wildlife usually thrives.

Here on the ridge, we’ve had a bumper crop of black walnuts. For weeks my wife and I have been collecting walnuts and crushing them with the car to remove husks.

On cold winter nights we’ll crack the nuts and save the meat for snacks and baking.

To share the wealth, I offer a few walnuts and hickory nuts on a tray for the birds.

Scott Shalaway: www.drshalaway.com, sshalaway@aol.com.

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Wild Moments: How to spot poison ivy

There’s a monster in the woods this time of year. It’s big, green and hairy – and it’s waiting patiently for you: Poison Ivy.

VIDEO: How to spot poison ivy

PHOTOS: Scenes from Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve 

LEARN MORE: Things you never knew about Pa.’s native plants

Tim Draude of the Muhlenberg Botanical Society is one of those rare individuals who is not allergic to poison ivy. He also has some tips on how to spot the plant before you come in contact with it.

Tips on how to spot poison ivy:

– Look for 3 shiny leaves

– Poison ivy has tiny greenish-white flowers

– Later in the season, white berries sprout from the plant

Although it’s a vine, the plant doesn’t necessarily climb trees. You can get poison ivy from the leaves, stems, or roots. Also, you don’t have to come in direct contact with the plant to get poison ivy. Pets that run through a patch of poison ivy can also bring it into your home.

Photos: Scenes from Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve





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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, located along the Susquehanna River, is one of the region’s premier locations to observe native Pennsylvania plant life.

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WHITE PLAINS – Like Jaws, it’s worthy of its own ominous theme song. Yet it sits in silence (The Coasters’ 1959 hit aside), waving in the breeze, lying in wait for contact with an errant ankle or hand.

Poison ivy, known formally as toxicodendron radicans and less formally as a three-leaf, itch-inducing nightmare, is found throughout the region. (Poison oak and poison sumac can grow here, too, but are less common.) It grows on the ground, in hedges, over stone walls and up trees. And while birds eat its fruit and goats don’t mind gnawing its leaves, it seems to exist at least in part simply to vex gardeners, hikers and anyone else who otherwise enjoys the outdoors.

It has three leaflets with smooth or toothed edges and, depending on the time of year, ranges in color from light green to scarlet.

An inadvertent touch from the plant, which contains a toxic oil called urushiol, can result in a blistering rash that itches like crazy and, in some cases, leads to infection and a trip to the emergency room.

Jerry Giordano, senior horticultural consultant with the Cornell Co-operative Extension, is one of the lucky ones. He’s not allergic to urushiol—for now. In a recent field study, he said, “I would be brushing up against it all the time and I never got any reaction to it. But that can change.”

Some things to know:

• Poison ivy is toxic year-round. Even if yanked from the soil and left for dead, the urushiol in its leaves, stem and roots can remain potent for a year or more. Urushiol on clothes is dangerous, too, so wash any pants, socks or shirts that come in contact with the plant.

• Removing poison ivy from a yard or garden can be difficult. “As soon as you see a seedling, you should get it out,” Giordano said. “Look at your property and root it out when you first find it.” Eradicating a mature stand of poison ivy can take several seasons of spraying, often with considerable collateral damage to nearby plants. Don’t burn it, as the smoke can carry the oil into nearby lungs.

• Skin that comes in contact with the plant should be washed immediately with cold water and dish soap or any of several ivy-specific soaps available at drug stores. “Calamine lotion is still a good thing,” Dr. David Amler, a White Plains pediatrician, said. “If you get a more extensive rash, which increases as time goes on, we use oral steriods,” which must be prescribed. “It’s itchy, it’s bothersome, it’s a pain,” Amler said. “You’re scratching all the time.”

The best advice comes from Rockland County Public Health Educator Pat Parke: “Avoid it.”

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Victoria sees goats as firefighting tool

VICTORIA, Texas –

A South Texas city is looking to continue using goats to eliminate fire hazards by having the animals chomp away at heavy, dense brush.

City officials in Victoria have rented the barnyard animals over the past two months and now are looking to renew their contract with the owners of the goats for work that could continue through the year.

Officials want to remove the flammable brush at Riverside Park to prevent any chance of a brush fire, but they also want to clear land to make the banks of the Guadalupe River more accessible.

The Victoria Advocate reports the city pays $1,200 a week for about 25 goats to chew their way through the brush, which is rife with poison ivy and poison oak.

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Atomic Poison Ivy vine-whips opponents in Infinite Crisis trailer

Atomic Poison Ivy vine-whips opponents in Infinite Crisis trailer