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Monthly Archives: May 2012

How Far Does Urushiol Travel?

By Caileen  |  Friday, October 16, 2015 |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

You've heard it from us year after year. Fall after fall. Some may say, at nauseam. DO NOT BURN POISON OAK OR POISON IVY PLANTS. Even if they appear to be dead. Urushiol remains active on the plants at all times, even in the fall and winter when the leaves have dropped. Burning the plants can cause the rash-causing oil, urushiol, to become airborne. If inhaled, urushiol can cause serious injury (swollen/inflamed lungs, swelling of the throat, coughing, blisters, etc.), even death. This is not a matter to be taken lightly.

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Polyethylene Beads

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

Over the past couple of years, as research has been conducted, and a variety of studies published, we along with consumers have learned a great deal about polyethylene beads and their impact on the environment. As many of you know, Tecnu Extreme® Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub currently contains polyethylene beads, also known as microbeads. As our understanding of microbeads and the initiatives to remove them have grown, we are committed to making a change. Many of you have inquired, and we are here to say, the time has come!

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A Plant Worse Than Poison Ivy

How can it be possible? For those that have suffered from a poison oak or poison ivy rash, you're thinking, "it's not possible!" Well, for Michiganders, it's true! Mother Nature has served up another heinous plant adventurers are best to avoid. Recently, the Calhoun County Public Health Department discovered giant hogweed and has warned outdoor patrons to steer clear.

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"Technu" to the Rescue!

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, July 28, 2015 |  , , ,  |  2 comments

Tecnu®, Technu, or Tech-nu? A funny sounding name, with a lot of history. For decades, the name of our flagship product has perplexed many; even our most loyal users struggle to spell Tecnu® correctly. Perhaps we can thank our dedicated elementary educators for drilling the importance of pronunciation into our heads? Regardless, we promise to hold no ill will should you desire to spell Tecnu®, Technu. We recognize the uniqueness of the name!

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It's Food, It's Shelter, It's Poison Ivy!

Nearly every summer, poison ivy (or, oak) sufferers can be heard throughout the U.S. exclaiming, "Why? Why God, why? What is the purpose of poison ivy?" Truly, a great question. Why does such a toxic, awful, pain-inducing plant exist? For many, it only inhabits this planet to torture them; plain and simple. But, you might be surprised to learn, poison ivy plants actually contribute a great deal to the environment, and a vast array of species.

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