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Stop that itch.

Stop that itch

It starts out innocently enough--a walk through the woods, a little contact with nature. But then the chemical reactions occur in people sensitive to poison ivy and poison oak, and the incessant itching begins.

Susan Orchard and her colleagues at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland have found that several chemicals added to oils to reduce the incidence of allergic reactions in machinists can also prevent reactions to poison ivy and poison oak. In the July ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY, they report that when the substances were applied to the skin of 48 people before contact with poison ivy extract, 34 of them were protected. If the formulations can be made less "tacky and unpleasant," they say, they may prove useful.
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Title Annotation:protection against poison oak and poison ivy
Publication:Science News
Date:Aug 2, 1986
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