Some Great Questions Asked By People Like You

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, September 4, 2012  |  , , , , ,  |  4 comments

Green Question Mark.jpgIf 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 hiking boots?

(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 Tecnu Original?

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, discontinue use.

Also, if you are using Tecnu Original repeatedly because your rash is itching, you may want to consider an anti-itch medication like Calagel or Tecnu Rash 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 Rash Relief Spray, or Calagel to relieve your itching.

Q.  Can Tecnu Extreme reduce swelling from poison ivy?

A. Tecnu Extreme can remove the rash causing oil, 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. It should not be necessary to use Tecnu Extreme again. The label cautions against using it on raw or oozing areas of skin.  

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

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4 comments for “Some Great Questions Asked By People Like You”

  1. Posted 9/9/2015 at 8:12:01 PM
    Gravatar of Meghan

    I know it says to test a small section of clothing/shoes to see if it affects the color, but do you happen to know if it's safe on moccasin fringe boots? Just wondering if anyone has tried. Thanks!

  2. Posted 9/14/2015 at 9:00:01 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Great question, Meghan! No, as of this time we have not heard from any consumers about the use of Tecnu on moccasin fringe boots. Perhaps test the back of one of the fringe pieces, that is probably the most inconspicuous place on your boots. Good luck!

  3. Posted 11/21/2015 at 10:01:48 AM
    Gravatar of Mark Dano

    What about cleaning inside the shoes.I had the poison ivy all over my feet.

  4. Posted 11/24/2015 at 1:21:37 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Mark: You can certainly use Tecnu Original to clean out the inside of your shoes. Simply saturate a cloth in Tecnu, wipe down the inside and let the product sit for a couple of minutes. Next, saturate a cloth in water and wipe down the shoes again to remove any excess Tecnu.

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