Try not to get irritated

Gear box

August 05, 2007|By Candus Thomson

"Measles make you bumpy. And mumps'll make you lumpy. And chicken pox'll make you jump and twitch," the Coasters warned us eons ago. "But poison ivy, Lord'll make you itch."

You can be on red alert all summer for poison ivy and its evil cousins, poison sumac and poison oak, but when your number's up, there's not much you can do.

Cortaid is selling a scrub and wipes that remove urushiol, the oily substance that makes you bumpy and scratchy. The scrub comes in a kit ($30) that includes a spray to cover the affected area to allow healing. The wipes (six for $10) contain the same neutralizing formula as the scrub.

Johnson & Johnson says its product removes 94 percent of urushiol. Keep the scrub below the sink and the wipes in your backpack and you'll no longer "need an ocean of calamine lotion."

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