Featuring Tecnu Products for the relief of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac

Questions and Answers

WHAT CAN I DO TO RELIEVE THE ITCH?

There is no cure for the rash once it begins, only relief of the symptoms. Avoid further contact with the plant oil if possible.

Minor itching pain, oozing, and swelling can be relieved with over-the-counter anti-itch treatments that contain zinc acetate, zinc oxide, or hydrocortisone. In several cases a physician can prescribe antihistamine creams, tablets, or shots.

DO THE BLISTERS CAUSE THE RASH TO SPREAD?

No. The blisters are the body's natural allergic reaction to poisonous plants. If the blisters break and ooze, the fluid does not contain the oil that cause spreading. Oil from the original contact with the plant will continue spreading for the first 1 or 2 days. If new areas of rash appear after 3 days, you are getting re-exposed to the plant oil, most likely from contaminated clothing, tools, or even your cat or dog.

HOW LONG WILL THE RASH LAST?

Mid cases can last 5 to 12 days. More severe cases can last up to 30 days or longer.

CAN I GET THE RASH FROM SOME ELSE?

Generally speaking, no. Once the rash appears (i.e within 1-3 days), the original oil has all bonded to the victim's skin, so it can't be spread to others.

HOW LONG DOES THE URUSHIOL OIL LAST?

The OIL DOES NOT EVAPORATE and can remain active for a year or longer after being picked up on tools, clothing, animal fur, etc.

SHOULD I BREAK THE BLISTERS?

Never break the blisters! An open blister can easily become infected and lead to blood poisoning. If the blister break, cover loosely with a sterile bandage. In sever cases, contact your doctor.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A RASH BY BREATHING THE SMOKE OF BURNING POISON PLANTS?

Yes, Uroshiol is carried in the smoke form burning leaves or brush. If you think you have inhaled the oil, see your physician immediately; this can be a very serious condition. In several states it is illegal to burn poison plants. NEVER BURN THEM! Avoid breathing the smoke.

DOES BLEACH REMOVE THE URUSHIOL OIL OR HELP HEAL THE RASH?

No, Bleach may appear to be a quick fix to poison plant rash. However, bleach removes the top layer(s) of your skin. Using it can irritate your skin and in the process weaken it so that the rash may become worse, or it could lead to an infection. Your skin may then become more sensitive to getting the rash in the future.

I'VE NEVER GOTTEN THE RASH BEFORE. CAN I GET IT NOW?

Yes, you can begin getting the rash at any time during your life. Three out of four people are sensitive to poison oak and ivy. Sensitivity is just a matter of being exposed enough times until the body becomes allergic to the poison oil
SHOULD I WRAP OR COVER THE RASH WITH BANDAGES?

Air is helpful to healing any wound. If you cover the rash with a sterile bandage, cover loosely to allow healing oxygen to reach the surface of the skin. It is important to keep the rash very clean; changing the sterile bandage frequently reduces the risk of infection. Seek medical attention if rash becomes red, feverish, or shows signs of infection.

ARE DEAD PLANTS SAFE TO TOUCH?

No. The poison oil remains toxic and does not evaporate. All parts of the living or dead poison plants, including the roots, contain the urushiol oil. Be careful of dead vines on firewood and leafless vines in the winter.


DO I NEED TO CLEAN THE URUSHIOL OIL FROM CLOTHING AND TOOLS?

Yes. The poison oil will remain active on these auricles and can cause a rash months, or even years later. Removal of the oil with a thorough cleansing is important to avoid contaminating unsuspecting victims in the future.


CAN I GET THE RASH FROM MY PETS?

Yes. Since the animal's fur protects their skin from the poison oil, they won't get a rash. However, the oil will remain on their fur and will contaminate you when you touch them. Removal of the poison from your pet with an effective cleanser will help avoid contaminating you and your family with an unwanted and unexpected rash.

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Tecnu® was developed in 1961, during the cold war years, by chemical engineer Dr. Robert Smith as a waterless cleanser designed to remove nuclear fallout dust from skin and clothing. His wife accidentally discovered that Tecnu would cleanse poison oak and poison ivy oils after exposure. Tecnu has become standard issue for outdoor professionals across the country in the treatment and prevention of poison oak and poison ivy. Since Tecnu's success, Tec Laboratories has continued to develop new products to cleanse, relieve, repel and protect.

 
 
       
 
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