Frequently Asked Questions

 We realize  you may have questions about Ivy Off products so we've compiled

 a list  of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, please email us your question at ivyoff@bellsouth.net 

IVY OFF™ FAQs  

  • Q: Do I need to worry about poison ivy, I've been around it all my life, I'm 70 years old, and I haven't caught it yet. 
  • A: Over 80% of people are sensitive to the oil of the poison ivy plant urushiol (you-ru-she-all). Even if you've never caught poison ivy before, you may get it for the first time later in life. People often become sensitized through repeated exposures.  Urushiol is not only transmitted through contact with the plant. It is also  transmitted from residue on clothing (especially shoes and laces and pockets) or pet fur (although pets don't get the rash) which may last up to a year or longer. Ivy Off was tested, approved and is in use by the US Military (NSN# 6508-01-500-2457).


  • Q: I know what it looks like. What if I just stay away from it. 
  • A: It is almost impossible to avoid coming in contact with it when camping, fishing, hiking or hunting. It comes in many forms (ivy, shrub, tree) and in many habitats (wet & dry). You can even get it from a stream or pond after leaves have fallen in. The oil floats on the surface of the water. 


  • Q: Will washing thoroughly with soap and water remove the oil. 
  • A: Once the oil "locks" onto your tissue (after a few minutes) soap and water is ineffective. Only Ivy Off™ can "unlock" it. 


  • Q: Can I only get the rash where I came in contact with the oil. Can it spread after I  shower with soap. 
  • A: The oil spreads through the lymphatic system. The antigen then affixes itself in the skin and underlying tissue. The rash can pop up anywhere on your body not just at the initial point of contact.  


  • Q: If the rash is gone already do I still need to worry about a rash. 
  • A: The toxic oil remains in your body and is circulated by your lymphatic system and can continue to cause rashes in new areas for weeks or months.

 

  • Q: The rash came out already. Is it  too late to get rid of it. 
  • A: Once you start itching, it is best to use Ivy Off™ before the rash erupts. However, Ivy Off™ "unlocks" the oil of the poison ivy from your skin even after the rash has erupted. Results are immediate. Itching is significantly reduced or eliminated and the rash dries within 24 - 48 hours and is prevented from spreading. 


  • Q: My doctor told me that the best thing he can suggest is to use calamine lotion, antihistamine, or hydrocortisone.
  • A: At best, these treatments only provide temporary relief of the itch and rash symptoms. Ivy Off™ removes the oil that causes these symptoms allowing the skin to heal, quickly and naturally.  


  • Q: My doctor recommended steroids for my rash. 
  • A: Steroids are known to have many long-lasting harmful side effects. In addition, they only suppress the symptoms (itching, rash, swelling). The irritant remains in your body and the rash often reappears worse than before, long after the steroid benefits have worn off. 


  • Q: I heard that using a poison ivy block or barrier cream before coming in contact with the plant will prevent me from getting the rash. 
  • A: Poison ivy blocks and barrier creams may not work in the real world. There is no way to prevent the poison ivy oil from contaminating your clothing, shoes, backpack, bedding, gear, etc. (You must eventually undress.) It only works for a limited time before reapplication is necessary. (Maximum 4 hours from application under ideal laboratory conditions, sweating or swimming significantly reduces its effective time.) 


  • Q: I heard that if I eat poison ivy leaves, I won't get the rash. 
  • A: You know what poison ivy does to your skin. Can you imagine what it does to your internal organs? Eating poison ivy can be fatal. 


  • Q:  I never go into wooded areas.
  • A: Poison ivy may be growing in your own backyard. There is a good chance when you garden, mow or weed-whack your yard, the oil of the shredded leaves or root system will come in contact with your skin. It may also be found in commercial mulch. These leaves and the poison ivy oil may remain in your yard for years. 


  • Q: I used Round-Up® (herbicide) to kill it. 
  • A: Poison ivy is a very tenacious plant. It sends out runners underground which allow it to emerge in a new location. 


  • Q: It's January. There's snow on the ground. How did I get this rash? 
  • A: Even in winter you may contract poison ivy from touching wood you burn in the fireplace. The wood may be long dead but the urushiol on the vines remains active for up to several years. What's more, burning the wood may actually carry the allergen to your skin or you may even inhale it with the smoke and ash. It has been known to cause respiratory distress. If this happens, see a physician immediately. 


Z-PEL'em™ FAQs

  • Q: Is Z-PEL'em safe for children.
  • A: Yes. Z-PEL'em is made from all natural essential oils and is 100% biodegradable.


  • Q: I've been told that only products with DEET are effective. 
  • A: Z-PEL'em was tested and proven to be more effective than mosquito repellents containing DEET.


  • Q: I've used other natural oil mosquito repellents and they don't last very long.
  • A: Z-PEL'em has a patent pending all natural formula which is more effective and remains so for up to 10 hours. It was tested, approved and is in use by the US Military (NSN# 6505-01-512-8504).


  • Q: Is DEET  safe to use.
  • A: Research has shown that DEET is toxic to the central nervous system and remains in your body. Some countries have even limited or banned its use completely.


ZERYM™ FAQs

  • Q: Is Zerym safe to use on children.
  • A: Yes. Zerym active ingredient is a modified free amino acid made from corn and is 100% biodegradable.


  • Q: How does Zerym work. Will it also work on bee and jellyfish stings.
  • A: Yes. Zerym is effective on ALL insect bites and stings and works within minutes.  The proteins in the insect toxin attach to the protein in your skin allowing it to spread  to the surrounding tissue. Zerym neutralizes the toxin by isolating and breaking down this protein chain. The body heals naturally.


  • Q: Has Zerym been tested.
  • A: Zerym has been tested, approved and is in use by the US Military (NSN# 6508-01-587-9818)


UltraClot™ OTC Cream FAQ's

  • Q: I'm taking Coumadin and when I get a scratch I can't stop bleeding. Will it work for me.
  • A: Yes. UltraClotOTC Cream is effective on people using all types of blood thinners, including Coumadin. It was independently tested and is approved by the FDA (FDA K082601). This is the same formula used by the US Military to stop bleeding in major arterial wounds on the battlefield within minutes.


  • Q: Do I still need to use Bacitracin.
  • A: No. Do not use Bacitracin or any other topical treatment before applying UltraClot. The ointment in Bacitracin will prevent UltraClot from being effective in stopping your bleeding. UltraClot OTC Cream active ingredient has been shown to be more effective than antibiotics in inhibiting the growth of all microbes. 


  • Q: My father is bedridden and prone to bedsores. They aren't able to do anything about it. Will this work for him.
  • A: Yes. Simply apply it liberally on the bedsore and cover with a gauze using sensitive skin tape. It will dry the bedsore and prevent infection at the same time.


  • Q: How many uses will I get from a 1 oz. tube of UltraClot OTC Cream.
  • A: You should get about 24 uses from one tube depending on the size and severity of the wounds.