This summer’s high temperatures and humidity in many areas of the US has resulted in an uptick in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac, all of which can give you a nasty rash. One’s first line of defense is to avoid contacting the nasty plants; thus, Angelenos who camp out should familiarize themselves with their appearance. Poison oak is the predominant rash producer in Southern California, while poison ivy and poison sumac are found in other regions of the US. Skin contact is the usual route of transmission; however, it can also be contracted by smoke from burning brush, which contains poison oak. If you are exposed, wash the area and shed your clothing as soon as possible. If you develop a rash, that old standby, calamine lotion is not of much benefit; however, a new product that became available last April has been reported to be beneficial.
Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads are available over-the-counter. Chattem, the manufacturer claims that the pads are the number one doctor recommended anti-itch pads. Application is a “snap” with the no-mess, touch-free, single application “Snapplicator” that ensures that users won’t further irritate their skin. It can be found on the first-aid aisle of most major retailers; suggested retail price is $8.99 for 10 Snapplicators. The product is formulated to provide fast relief from exposure to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. It contains 1% hydrocortisone together with aloe, botanicals, and oat extract. The pads cool and soothe irritated skin on contact. “The innovative packaging is the first of its kind for poison ivy relief.” said Liz Roques, assistant brand manager at Chattem. She added, “The individual Snapplicators include a single treatment so consumers don’t have to touch the affected area.”
Fast facts about Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads, according to the manufacturer:
- Product benefits: The strongest itch medicine without a prescription available; new single-dose SnapplicatorTM provides no-mess, no touch application that easily applies onto skin.
- How to Use: Grasp SnapplicatorTM between the thumbs and forefingers. Snap to release product through pad top. Dab medicine onto affected area and rub onto skin. Discard.
- Uses: Adults and children 2 years of age and older who have skin with symptoms associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
- What is Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac: Rhus dermatitis is an allergic contact dermatitis caused by exposure to plants of the genus Toxicodendron (formerly Rhus). Each plant contains the substance urushiol, a potent skin sensitizing agent.
Chattem also manufactures other anti-itch products such as Cooling Relief Gel, Quick Shot Continuous Spray, Hydratensive Anti-Itch Lotion, and Easy Relief Applicator Anti-Itch Liquid. Additional information is available at this link.