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
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?
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
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
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