Are you a wild-land firefighter that has found yourself at a
camp for weeks on end battling fire and poison ivy simultaneously?
Are you an elite athlete competing in the ultimate sport of
adventure racing that often runs into these noxious plants? Do you
frequent the great outdoors to camp, hike, bike, fish, trail run,
or garden, and find yourself face-to-face with poison ivy? If you
answered yes to any of these, you are in need of a poison ivy
shower! OK, not a poison ivy shower per se, rather a shower for
poison ivy (or poison oak). But, first you need to know the poison
- Poison oak, ivy, and sumac all contain the same rash-causing
oil called urushiol.
- Nearly 85% of the population is allergic to this oil.
- Urushiol can last on items such as clothing, tools, equipment
etc. for months, even years!
- Once absorbed (typically within 8 hours after exposure),
urushiol bonds with the protein in your skin to cause an itchy, red
rash. In some cases blisters form (your body's natural reaction),
and the rash may ooze.
- Studies suggest that over time, with increased exposure to the
noxious plants, a person's reaction will continue to worsen.
- Poison oak, ivy, & sumac can grow in many forms: as ground
cover, shrubs, or vines.
As frustrating as poison oak and ivy can be for us nature
lovers, it is important to remember that they serve a valuable
purpose in our ecosystem. These plants provide food and shelter for
a number of creatures. So, if we wish to continue adventuring
outdoors, we must find a way to co-exist with these plants… Enter
Tecnu® Outdoor Skin Cleanser removes urushiol from the skin as
well as clothing, tools, and pets. For several years now, we have
supplied Tecnu® to fire camps, trail runs, mud runs, and various
other events for a 'poison ivy shower.' At the end of the event,
you can hop into the shower and/or wash station with Tecnu® to
remove the oil before it has a chance to bond with your skin. If
your next outdoor event or job site doesn't have a poison ivy
shower or wash station, think about what a great addition it could
be. With Tecnu® there's no need to fear the ivy!
Live life. Get Outdoors!™
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