If you have visited our website
before, you may have noticed on our home page we have an "Ask a
Question" section. We created this area so you can ask us anything
we might be able to help you with when you haven't found the answer
on our website. Recently, we received many great questions so I
thought I should share them with you.
Q. How do I ensure that the poison oak oils are off my
(We have received this question quite a bit lately. It is always
good to get poison ivy or oak oils off your shoes to avoid
recontamination in the future.)
A. You can clean your hiking boots with Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin
Cleanser to remove urushiol from them. Take a cloth and dampen
with Tecnu, wipe on boots for a few minutes and then wipe off with
a clean cloth or rinse off with water. If your boots are made of
fabric, leather or a cloth material, test a small area for
color fastness first.
Q. How often each day is it safe to use
A. Tecnu Original
is a skin cleanser that is safe to use as often as you would like.
However, if it starts drying out your skin or irritation occurs,
Also, if you are using Tecnu Original repeatedly because your
rash is itching, you may want to consider an anti-itch medication
like Calagel, Tecnu Extreme or
Relief Spray. Tecnu Original is a cleanser to remove the rash
causing oil but it does not contain an anti-itch ingredient.
Q. I've had poison Ivy for several days with some
rashes but much itching. Is it too late to start using Tecnu
Original and wash my arms etc. to stop the itching?
A. Tecnu Original
is a cleanser that removes the oil that causes poison ivy and oak
rash. At this point you are better off using a product with an
anti-itch medication such as Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub, Tecnu Rash
Relief Spray, or Calagel to relieve your itching.
Q. Can Tecnu Extreme reduce swelling from poison
Extreme can remove the rash causing oil and help dry up the
rash, but it doesn't contain an antihistamine which may help to
reduce swelling caused by an allergic reaction. However, Calagel does contain
an antihistamine. It is available at most drug stores as well.
Q. After I use the Tecnu Extreme on my rashes, it
appears clean but shortly after the rash begins to ooze, I dab it
off and then let it dry on up. What is the ooze that appears after
I apply the product?
A. It is not uncommon for a poison ivy or oak rash to blister
and ooze during the healing process. That is actually formed
by your own body and has nothing to do with the cleanser.
When the blisters break and ooze you want to make sure that you are
keeping them clean and if you cover them use a loose bandage. Tecnu Extreme
will help dry the oozing over time as well.
Do you have a question that we can help you with? If you have a
question about how to use Tecnu products, or poison ivy or oak
rashes, you can submit it on our Ask a Question page.