If you have a hunting season itch, we have your fix.
by the HuntDaily staff
Fall is not a time when most of us are thinking about the itching and scratching that comes from poisonous plants or biting and stinging insects. My buddy wasn’t thinking about it a couple of weeks ago when he was sighting in his AR and did a little weed-diving to retrieve his cartridges. He ended up with one of the worst cases of poison oak he’s ever had. My wife wasn’t thinking about it last week, until she developed a poison ivy rash after an end-of-year weed pulling session around the house. And I wasn’t thinking about it when I went bowhunting and came back with mosquito bites around my wrists.
The truth is, the itch-makers are alive and well late into the hunting season, especially the farther south you live. Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and nettles are out there, waiting to unleash their misery on anyone who gets too close. And those bugs… Nothing spoils a good afternoon hunt like hungry mosquitoes getting in their last hoorah of the year.
Fortunately, we recently came across a product that puts the whammy on the itch caused by poisonous plants and biting, stinging bugs. A company called Dr. Burkenstock’s makes it, and it has made our life in the outdoors a lot more bearable.
The product is called “That Itch Stuff.”
Really. That’s its name.
A pharmacist from Louisiana who, like us, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and simply being outdoors, developed the formula in the early 1900s. Living in the swamp country, where heat and humidity provided additional itch-inducers, proved to be the perfect test-bed for his new product. Dr. Burkenstock simply called his invention “that itch stuff,” and the name stuck.
While the company makes a wide variety of skin relief products today, That Itch Stuff remains the cornerstone of the company’s lineup. And as we found out, it’s ideal for hunters, anglers, and outdoors enthusiasts who encounter flora and fauna they later regret. That Itch Stuff comes in several application forms: single-use towelettes, roll-on, and squeeze bottle. The roll-on and squeeze bottles are great to keep in your truck, at home, or at camp, while the individually packed towelletes stow neatly in your pocket or daypack.
That Itch Stuff is not a remedy for the allergic reactions that come from poisonous plants or insect bites, but it does eliminate the itch so that you won’t scratch and further irritate your skin. We tried it on both urushiol-induced contact dermatitis (poison rash) and the rash caused from mosquito saliva. In all cases, That Itch Stuff immediately eliminated the itch. My wife was able to sleep better, my buddy quit threatening to jump off a bridge to end his misery, and I no longer had the urge to claw at my wrists.
You can get more information on That Itch Stuff and other Dr. Burkenstock’s products at the company website, or check out their dealer listing for a stocking retailer near you. You can also call the company direct at 1-888-208-6011.
We’ll be keeping That Itch Stuff close by for the rest of the hunting season. And if you are hunting anywhere except, perhaps, the Arctic Circle, you might want to do the same!
Article copyright 2015 by HuntDaily.com; promoted by Dr. Burkenstock’s
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