Outdoor Joe's® FAQs

Outdoor Joe's® Frequently Asked Questions

Illustration of Outdoor Joe's, Poison Ivy Pro, inspecting a poison ivy plantWhen looking for an easy way to protect yourself from poison ivy, Outdoor Joe's® offers a powerful solution capable of building up reduce sensitivity when administered correctly. With as few as three consecutive doses, reduce sensitivity can already be strong enough to eliminate or lessen the reaction of contact with poisonous plants. For those looking for extra security against the dangers of poison ivy, this homeopathic solution is the perfect answer. We are happy to provide you and your family with powerful protection from poisonous plants.

When choosing to incorporate any new item into your routine, you are bound to have questions. The questions you have are extremely important when evaluating medication, whether prescribed, over-the-counter, or homeopathic. When it comes to adding Outdoor Joe's® to your regimen of preventive protection, we are here to help.

We have compiled a collection of the most commonly asked Outdoor Joe's® questions to help you make an informed decision and give you peace of mind. We know information is powerful when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones. In addition to our helpful poison ivy facts, our frequently asked Outdoor Joe's® questions can help you understand the benefits of using a homeopathic solution to prevent painful rashes.

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Can Outdoor Joe's® be used to reduce sensitivity of an active case of poison ivy?

While the poison ivy plant can lead to painful skin rashes, it also has some healing properties. The leaf extract, Rhus Toxicodendron, when purified into a homeopathic solution, can be used to treat a variety of ailments. While the leaves and oils of poison ivy plants can lead to painful blisters on the skin, this same oil extract is actually used to help reduce sensitivity to poison ivy when taken as a supplement. There are more applications treatments than simply poison ivy prevention. 

Common Rhus Toxicodendron Treatments

Skeletal Problems

  • Sciatica 
  • Stiffness 
  • Arthritis 
  • Backaches 
  • Sprains
  • Stiffness

Skin Conditions 

  • Eczema 
  • Rosacea
  • Shingles 
  • Chicken Pox
  • Diaper Rash
  • Hives 
  • Allergies 

Nervous System Disorders 

  • Anxiety Attacks 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fever 
  • Headaches 

There are many benefits to using Rhus Toxicodendron treatments as opposed to other options. One of the reasons this is such a popular choice in helping to managing the effects of many conditions, is because Rhus Toxicodendron is safe for practically anyone to use. It is unlikely a person will have an allergic reaction to homeopathic solutions in the way they might from using drugs prescribed by doctors. Many people prefer using homeopathic solutions because they can garner the same results without the need for a prescription or unwanted side effects. That is not to say Rhus Toxicodendron treatments are free from any side effects. While you may experience nausea, sore throat, fevers, and other mild symptoms while using this homeopathic solution, the effects tend to be less severe than with other drugs while also being shorter in duration. 

While Outdoor Joe's can be used for these conditions, the most common use is still to reduce sensitivity to the effects of the poison ivy plant. When an individual has a reaction to poison ivy, it is due to an allergy to poison ivy. 

It is critical to note that this type of treatment can only come from a purified source. You should never attempt to create your own Rhus Toxicodendron treatment from poison ivy plants. It can lead to severe reactions requiring hospitalization. 

Is Outdoor Joe's® safe for people of all ages?

As one of the most widely used homeopathic solutions, Outdoor Joe's® has a lot of people talking. Homeopathic options continue to grow in popularity with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reporting that over five million adults and 1 million children use them on a regular basis. While many medications are considered unsafe for children under a certain age and senior citizens past certain ages, homeopathic solutions tend to have a larger window of inclusion for who can use them without harmful side effects.

Is Outdoor Joe's® Safe for All Ages?

Outdoor Joe's® is safe for children and senior citizens of all ages. The main reason other drugs are deemed too risky for children under two years old and senior citizens is that these two groups of individuals usually have a weaker immune system incapable of fighting off side effects or diseases. With natural remedies known as homeopathic solutions, this is less of an issue. Outdoor Joe's® is a natural supplement made from the extract of the poison ivy plant and can be used to treat a variety of ailments. For babies and children, it can help treat such common ailments as colic, diaper rash, and teething. For seniors, it can be used for arthritis, joint pain, and backaches. In fact, Outdoor Joe's® can be used to treat a variety of ailments throughout all stages of life.

While many conditions can be treated with Outdoor Joe's®, more common use of this homeopathic option is the treatment of rashes caused by the plant it comes from in the first place. The method of homeopathy uses the cause of the ailment to treat the ailment in many cases. By using the extracts from poison ivy plants, you reduce sensitivity to poison ivy rashes. When using Outdoor Joe's® for this purpose, you would adjust the dosage based on age. For example, a 2-year-old child would take two drops of Outdoor Joe's® during each scheduled dosage whereas a 5-year-old would take 5 drops per dosage. These dosage guidelines are merely suggestions, and you should always follow the instructions of the solution you have purchased as your dosage guide.

Is Outdoor Joe's® safe to use while pregnant?

Pregnancy can lead to an array of uncomfortable side effects. While some women have an easy pregnancy, most women experience issues such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, restlessness, trouble sleeping, backaches, and more during their pregnancy. With more women focused on using natural remedies instead of prescription drugs, there are questions about the safety of using homeopathic solutions during this stage of life. As one of the more commonly used natural remedies, Outdoor Joe's® can treat nearly all the mentioned symptoms in non-pregnant women. What about during pregnancy?

Is Outdoor Joe's® Safe to Use While Pregnant?

In most cases, Outdoor Joe's® is safe to use during pregnancy. It can be administered in several ways to help ease the pains associated with pregnancy. Many women take Outdoor Joe's® solutions in the form of warm drinks, hot bath remedies, and as supplements. Outdoor Joe's® is great for treating achy, sore muscles, as well as being a soothing remedy to help get a restful night of sleep.

While Outdoor Joe's® can be used to treat an array of pregnancy symptoms, it can still be used for the main purpose of poison ivy prevention. Since poison ivy can grow in nearly any state in North America, there is a chance you will run into it while pregnant. Add to the mix the fact that poison ivy can grow as ground coverings, climbing vines, and shrubs, along with the fact that most poison ivy is only identified as such after an encounter, the odds of a pregnant woman coming in contact with the dangerous plant are very high.

Outdoor Joe's® for the treatment of poison ivy rashes can help eliminate the painful blisters and persistent itching. If you are pregnant and suffering from poison ivy, Outdoor Joe's® can help make the rash less severe while shortening the span of time symptoms will last. It is also still safe to use as a means of prevention against poison ivy rashes during your pregnancy. With Outdoor Joe's®, you can reduce sensitivity to the plant overtime to avoid the rash altogether.

Is there anything to avoid taking before or after taking Outdoor Joe's®?

When it comes to adding any medication or homeopathic solution to your routine, you want to make sure you are informed about food interactions. While homeopathic solutions tend to be free from harmful interactions with food in most cases, there are certain combinations to avoid. There are no known dangerous food combinations when taking Outdoor Joe's®

When taking Outdoor Joe's®, it is recommended to avoid the following:

  • Mints and mint flavored items
  • Mouthwash and toothpaste
  • Coffee 
  • Orange Juice 
  • Strong beverages

While these will not have negative consequences, they can lead to an unpleasant taste. You should not eat or drink for roughly 30 minutes after taking this homeopathic solution. When taking Outdoor Joe's®, it is recommended to take it in between meals. Many supplements and vitamins encourage taking them with food, but Outdoor Joe's® is different because it is not a pill. It is an oral solution held underneath the tongue for 30 seconds and then swallowed. The liquid form makes it easy to take without food or drink. In fact, taking it with food and drink may make the solution diluted and less powerful. Another reason many medications are suggested to be taken with food is that they may cause an upset stomach. Outdoor Joe's® has limited side effects and is unlikely to cause an upset stomach when administered correctly. As with any homeopathic solution, you should follow all suggested dosage and administering guidelines to be on the safe side and to ensure proper results.

While there are few foods to avoid while taking Outdoor Joe's®, there is still one thing to keep away from. It is recommended to stay away from poison ivy plants until you have administered at least the first three doses of Outdoor Joe's® to ensure reduced sensitivity to the poison. Results vary by person based on genetic factors and the severity of the poison ivy allergy, but three doses are the general guideline. Some have reported reduce sensitivity to poison ivy after one dose. It is important to note that those cases are the exception and not the rule. After the first three doses, nearly all individuals report a reduced sensitivity to poison ivy plants.

How long does it take to be desensitized to poison ivy after taking Outdoor Joe's®?

With poison ivy being a widespread concern throughout nearly every state and territory in North America, it is no wonder more people are in search of poison ivy desensitization options. Poison ivy encounters cause painful blisters and itching that may last for weeks at a time. While knowing what to look for in terms of plant appearance can help reduce the risk, the truth of the matter is that poison ivy cannot be altogether avoided. It is known to take on many forms and can grow in a variety of settings. When it comes to protecting yourself from this dangerous plant, vigilance may not be enough. Many people are turning to the homeopathic solution of Outdoor Joe's® to achieve poison ivy desensitization.

Poison ivy rash is caused by coming into direct or indirect contact with either poison ivy leaves or the oils the plant secretes. While there are rare individuals who will never have a reaction to the plant, the majority of people will have a reaction. Poison ivy rash is an allergic reaction to the plant. For some people, the allergy is mild and leads to relatively few symptoms lasting only a day or two. For other people, the allergic reaction is much more serious. People who are more sensitive to poison ivy can experience symptoms that last for an entire month and are more pronounced in severity. The use of Outdoor Joe's® can help individuals with an allergy to the plant reducing sensitivity to its effects over time. Outdoor Joe's® uses the leaf extracts from poison ivy plants to reduce sensitivity to it. Once this reduction in sensitivity is built, an individual will either have very mild reactions or no reaction at all when exposed to poison ivy plants.

As with any type of reduction in sensitivity, poison ivy desensitization does not happen immediately. While some people report a noticeable improvement in their reduction in sensitivity to poison ivy with a few weeks of using Outdoor Joe's®, the more common time frame is a month. As with any solution, for Outdoor Joe's® to achieve the desired results, all administering and dosage guidelines must be strictly followed to ensure success.

Will Outdoor Joe's® interfere with other medications or prescription drugs?

Whenever a new supplement is introduced into a routine, it is imperative to check for any potentially negative consequences. One of the most important things to be aware of is how a new supplement will interact with existing medications being administered. While most prescribed medications made in a laboratory have some type of drug interactions to worry about, most homeopathic solutions and supplements are relatively safe. 

Homeopathic solutions, such as Outdoor Joe's®, are generally very safe and have almost no side effects or negative consequences. Outdoor Joe's® is safe to take with other prescribed medications. There are no known drug interactions to worry about when taking Outdoor Joe's®. While some supplements may not interact with prescribed medications, there are certain herbal combinations that are not recommended to take at the same time. Outdoor Joe's® is safe to take both with other herbal or natural solutions, as well as with prescription medications. Many times a drug interaction can be dangerous while other times the combination may lead to decreased efficacy of one or both of the solutions being administered. While there are no known interactions, there are still a few guidelines to keep in mind when using this solution. When taking Outdoor Joe's®, you want to make sure you avoid eating or drinking 30 minutes after taking it. Since most prescribed medications and store-bought supplements in pill format suggest taking them with food, take those with your breakfast and Outdoor Joe's® after eating for an easy routine. 

While there are no known interactions reported in regards to Outdoor Joe's®, there are a few things you may want to avoid. It is best to avoid orange juice, coffee, mint, mouthwash, and any strong flavored beverages or foods for at least 30 minutes after administering Outdoor Joe's®. While there are no harmful consequences or efficacy concerns, the combination can lead to a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. While there have been claims that peppermint may counteract the productivity of herbal supplements, there is no concrete evidence supporting this claim in regards to Outdoor Joe's®

What happened to Rhus Tox?

Rhus Tox Poison Ivy Prevention is now known as Outdoor Joe's® Poison Ivy Pro. Outdoor Joe's® is the same amazingly effective rhus tox oral solution that has been proven effective at building resistance and immunity. Outdoor Joe's® contains the same effective formula and results with a fresh new look, all while preventing poison ivy rashes. Please make sure to bookmark the new site!

Rhus Toxicodendron is the primary ingredient found in Outdoor Joe's® Poison Ivy Pro. Outdoor Joe's® (formerly Rhus Tox) is a homeopathic liquid solution helpful in reducing sensitivity against the effects of poison ivy.

What is Rhus Tox and Outdoor Joe's® in general?

While everyone is at risk for coming into contact, there are some individuals at a greater risk for poison ivy allergies. Everyone should take precautions to avoid contact with this dangerous plant, especially gardeners, hikers, and others often outdoors with higher risks of exposure. 

When it comes to poison ivy treatment, it isn’t enough to simply watch your step. Poison ivy plants easily strike by a few distracted seconds of contact. A better way to protect yourself and your loved ones is with Outdoor Joe's® Poison Ivy Pro.

Children as young as 4 years old have used Rhus Toxicodendron when safely administered by an adult. If the individual can hold the liquid in their mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing, they can safely use the solution. The homeopathic aspect of this liquid solution makes it safe for the whole family. There is also no concern for age or medication reactions from either over-the-counter or prescriptions currently being administered

This homeopathic solution helps prevent poison ivy reactions for up to a full year. Most people achieve complete reduce sensitivity while in others the severity of poison ivy risks. Our homeopathic remedies are highly recommended by physicians, nurses, and pharmacists in preventing the effects of poison ivy. Outdoor Joe's® offers protection that’s powerful while being an easy addition to your supplement regimen. 

Our Poison Ivy Solution Guidelines

With a simple, once a week dosage for three consecutive weeks in the winter followed by a once-monthly dosage when there is a chance of exposure, Outdoor Joe's® is easy to administer February, or winter time, is the most beneficial to begin dosage. Poison Ivy is in a dormant phase during February, but the product can be administered for the first time at any time of year.

For more information regarding the ingredients found within Outdoor Joe's® Poison Ivy Pro, treatment information and resources, frequently asked questions, photo albums, customer testimonials and more, feel free to browse our website! For questions regarding Outdoor Joe's®, you can find our contact information within our Contact page. We would love to hear from you regarding your Outdoor Joe's® Poison Ivy Pro experience and testimonials. We appreciate your partnership.

Please Note: RhusTox is still available as the Outdoor Joe's® Retail product! If you are interested in learning more about purchasing RhusTox for retail, please contact us via our wholesale page.

Does Outdoor Joe's® work on Poison Oak or Sumac?

Yes! The oleaginous resin (urushiol) that causes allergic reactions is produced by all three plants- poison ivy, oak, and sumac- is the same so Outdoor Joe's® has been proven to be an efficient poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy treatment. Read more below regarding poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac to distinguish between the three and keep you safe.

Poison Oak

While poison ivy is the most obvious culprit, poison oak is still a problem. Many people with a poison ivy rash may have come in contact with oak instead.  When it comes to poison oak identification, there are a few key distinguishers to know. 

Poison oak has the same three-leaf pattern as poison ivy but with a slight variation. The leaves are often shaped in a scalloped or wavy appearance and look quite similar to nonpoisonous oak leaves. While the shape is important, the color and texture also matter. 

The top of the leaves are usually glossy in appearance and range from green, yellow, red, or brown, depending on the season. Since these colors are similar to the color nonpoisonous plants display during the change of seasons, the telltale sign of the leaves is the glossy top and fuzzy underside.  Leaves that are nonpoisonous do not usually have a fuzzy underside. 

Poison Sumac

Poison sumac is a sister plant to poison ivy and can produce the same painful type of rash. Many people know what to look for with poison ivy plants. What about poison sumac identification? The plants may seem similar to the untrained individual, but there are several differences between the two. 

When it comes to poison sumac identification, we have some suggestions on what to watch for to avoid an unpleasant encounter.

Poison Sumac can grow taller than poison ivy. While poison ivy is usually a vine or small shrub, poison sumac can be either a shrub or a tree.  It can reach up to 20 feet tall with long branches sweeping downward in tree form. 

As a shrub, poison sumac can be identified by the leaves and vines. The leaves will be growing in an upward direction instead of a downward like poison ivy. 

The leaf pattern is different than the usual rule of three associated with poisonous plants.  The leaves of poison sumac are grouped together with multiple rows of two leaves equaling anywhere from 6 to 12 leaves with one large leaf occupying the head of the branch. Leaves differ from poison oak and ivy in that they are spoon-shaped with smooth edges. 

The stems of a poison sumac shrub will display a reddish brown color and may have small yellow or white flowers. The flowers will eventually turn into inedible white or gray berries. It is important to note that leaves, flowers, and berries that have fallen from the plant are still poisonous and should be avoided.

So How Does Outdoor Joe’s® Combat All Three?

Our homeopathic poison ivy solution helps prevent poison ivy, sumac, and oak reactions for up to a full year. Most people achieve complete reduce sensitivity while in others the severity of poison ivy allergies are reduced.  Outdoor Joe’s® is highly recommended by physicians, nurses, and pharmacists in preventing the effects of poison ivy. We offer protection that’s powerful while being an easy addition to your supplement regimen. 

Dosage is once a week for three weeks in the winter and once a month when there is a chance of exposure. Not to mention, Outdoor Joe's® is easy to administer. 

While it is most beneficial to begin during winter months, it can be administered at any time of year. If you can begin dosage in the winter, February is best. This is due to the dormant phase of poison ivy at that time of year.

To see what our customers have to say about how Outdoor Joe's® has helped, the reduction in poison ivy risks, or their rashes now, take a look at our testimonials.

How many doses of RhusTox is in a bottle of Outdoor Joe's®?

Outdoor Joe's® is a homeopathic rhus tox oral solution that has been proven effective at building poison ivy resistance, immunity, and preventing poison ivy allergies. Orally administered at home, Outdoor Joe's® eliminates the need for painful injections.

Though it would depend on how much you fill the dropper, you can typically expect about 30 droppers full of RhusTox per bottle of Outdoor Joe's®. We recommend understanding and following the proper dosing plan for best results.

Understanding the Poison Ivy Treatment

With the inclusion of Outdoor Joe's® into your regimen, you will be able to still enjoy the great outdoors without the constant worry of accidentally touching poison ivy plants. One of the best things about Rhus Toxicodendron is that it can be used by those who already have contracted the painful poison ivy rash, as well as those looking to aid in preventing poison ivy risks it in the first place.

When the dormant phase of poison ivy growth occurs in the winter, take the recommended dosage, hold in your mouth 30 seconds prior to swallowing and repeat the dosage on the same day of the week for three consecutive weeks. With the first three doses administered properly, levels of immunity have already been established! During the summer, administer the dosage once a month to continue building immunity. 

For a simple addition to your supplement routine in exchange for a year free from the painful rash associated with common poisonous plants, Rhus Toxicodendron is an obvious poison ivy solution for the health of your family.

Does Outdoor Joe's® Get Rid of Poison Ivy Rash?

No, Outdoor Joe's® is best taken to build resistance to allergic reactions caused by poison ivy.

The good news is that there’s a solution! Forget normal detergents and soaps- there is only one product to turn to- Zanfel.

Zanfel is the only product that has been clinically shown to remove the poison ivy plants oily toxin, urushiol, from the skin ANYTIME after the outbreak of the rash.

After the poison ivy toxin is removed from the layers of the skin, the itching stops, and the body is put into a position to immediately begin healing the rash. Many people start to feel the healing relief of Zanfel within 30 seconds of applying the product!

Outdoor Joe’s® is great for helping build your tolerance to urushiol and help you keep from having a reaction before contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, but Zanfel is only one product we trust to remove the resin from the skin after contact.

Want to avoid getting poison ivy related rashes? Get Outdoor Joe’s®!

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Please Contact Us With Your Poison Ivy Questions

While Outdoor Joe's® has been steadily growing in prominence in recent years (under the name "Rhus Tox"), people still have concerns about interactions with other medications, usage during pregnancy, and treating active cases of poison ivy. While we aim to provide you with all of the information you need before using Outdoor Joe's®, please keep in mind that while this list is exhaustive, it may not answer your specific question. If this is the case, please feel free to contact us directly through email or phone.

We are happy to provide you with more information or clarification.