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Tecnu Label Warning: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For external use only. Should not be applied to raw, ooozing areas of skin. Do not use this product for at least 3 days after using hydrocortisone ointments on the affected area. May irritate sensitive skin. If redness, irriation or itching increases or if infection occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep out of eyes and other mucous membranes.
TecnuWe bought an older home and had to clear out some brush around the foundation. I picked up some Poison Ivy, but didn't "discover" it till later that evening. I couldn't sleep for 2 days,... itching, etc... I tried Hydrocortozone and lot's of warm showers and soap, but the cure came when a neighbor lady suggested Tech Nu... it's a lotion you can get a most drugstores that you put one, let it set for 5 minutes or so and wash it off. It breaks up the oil from the poison ivy and allows it to wash away. The sores dry up, the itch goes away and it let's you heal and sleep with out any itch. It's a real God send. I've used it for the last ten years, and have even had it recommended by the Utilities ( Phone, Electric ) Guys who have to crawl into peoples bushes to install and read meters. It's the Best for poison ivy and poison oak. It costs about $10.00 a bottle, but it's the best ten dollars you'll ever spend. Just ask your local pharmacist. Chuck Peterka, Exton PA ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
--Chuck_Peterka@NOSPAMVanguard.com submitted 4/Jun/2001
I have the Sumac virus. At least that is what I am told. Once you
get it, it will never go away. I am sensitive to almost anything green,
including Christmas trees. I pick it up from my cats and clothing my husband
was wearing when working in the yard. I can feel my skin breaking out within
hours of being exposed. I blister and ooze, it is not a pretty site. I once
had it so bad on my arms I wore athletic socks on my arms to absorb the
oozing so it wouldn't run down my arms. I have found the perfect product. It
is called Technu. It is a wash. I use it anytime I think I might have been
exposed. Which is almost everyday in the spring and summer. It really work.
If I do start to breakout I wash the area about four or five times a day and
it stops the breakout completely. There is also a product by the same
company that can be worn to product against exposure. I have had a very hard
time finding it.
We just got back from a hike where there was tons of Poison Oak. Only
a few of us got it, but one things for sure, if you catch it early,
TecNu works VERY well! My 5 year old got the first signs of a rash
within about 8 hours, as soon as we saw it, I washed/SHOWERED him several
times him per the directions. It worked, the next day it had already started
to go! Only problem is, I think it only works if you catch it early.
Next time we're going to shower with it, even if there is no sign.
I would like to recommend Tecnu for treatment of poison ivy/oak. We have
used this successfully on rashes. It comes as a clear liquid that will
progression of the rash if applied as soon as you think you have been
exposed to the plant. The only place I have been able to find this product
is at my local nursery.
I currently have Poison Ivy and am searching for a remedy.
Right now I am using Tecnu and it seems to be working.
Tecnu has a couple products. I am using the cleanser and
the solution. The cleanser is applied first to "clean" the
area, wheras the solution is used to combat the poison ivy.
I found Tecnu at the local CVS drugstore.
I have been a "poison ivy " person for every summer except for those
spent in Europe. It is like a regular thing for me to have a case of
poison ivy, now every June. At this point, I am hypersensitive to it,
petting the family cats, or neighbors' dogs, invites a lovely set of
blisters if I don't wash right away (missing a spot is always visable
later). I have been using Tecnu recently and it does seem to work. I
have also used regular laundry soap, and also Dawn detergent to wash
right away. This seems to help with eliminating the oils from the
poison ivy. I have had pills (Cortisone) for three previous summers and
to be honest, last summer they seemed to really barely work. The
Cortisone cream also had minimal effect and though it was a
prescription, I might as well bought the over the counter type. I
might add that all the treaments, creams, etc. need to be very fresh.
Though the Tecnu worked well at first, this bottle is a last year's
supply and its effectiveness is wearing off. I have read the comments
of others about a shot to prevent poison ivy reactions and I am very
tempted. Getting it on your face, as well as other places, is such a
drag. But indeed, the cure, as described seems worse than the ivy.
Perhaps some eager student in genetics will invent a cure since there
seem to be some who are not affected by this.
I've tried tecnu and feel it is a worthwhile product. Also when I get
the blisters I take a cutting of aloe vera and apply the juice to the blisters
the I take powdered blue green algea (harvested from klamath lake} and
sprinkle it atop the aloe vera juice. I gently apply pressure with a teaspoon
pushing the powder into the aloe juice. This makes a mud pack type of affair
which dries out the blisters. It is unsightly however but it is worth the
relief. Seems also to lessen the itch. Still it takes time to get rid of it.
Note also it is difficult to get the algea mud pack off as it dries hard like
Here is something that has worked for me.
I picked up this nasty stuff two weeks ago. It didn't start itching
until almost a week after exposure so it spread it everywhere; my
feet, arms, legs, and hips were all afflicted by it. I tried an
over-the-counter treatment Ivarest which provided some relief but
was goopy and lasted only about 6 hours. After several days of
this, I wasn't getting any better. Taking a cue from other poor
sufferers on this website, I concluded that I still had some of
that nasty oil on my skin since it still itched like crazy. Even
though I had washed several times with hot soap and water, I was
convinced that some of it remained. I picked up a tube of Technu at
the store and followed the directions, rubbing it in well and
washing with cool water. Then I applied it again and washed it with
hot water. Then, following the advice of some of your readers, I
took the hot water treatment. I have a shower head that is on a
hose and can be taken down. I used that thing to blast all the
affected areas with water as hot as I could stand for about 5
minutes. It hurt!! It hurt like ____! (Very hot water and
sensitive, damaged skin is not a fun combination) But it worked! I
slept last night without itching and without goop. This morning I
repeated the process and I am back at work and feel much better!
Why does it work? I don't know. Some readers have suggested that
the hot water releases the histamines and that is why the itching
stops. I don't know if it is true or not. I think that getting the
skin cleansed well and getting that nasty oil off the skin is what
does it. That might explain why some people have had success with
hot water, swimming in a chlorinated pool or the ocean, washing
with Dawn dishwashing detergent undiluted, washing with a water and
chlorine solution, etc. I am convinced that until you get the oil
off your skin (and it appears to be very hard to remove), no
treatment will be effective. However you do that is up to you. I
would be very careful not to do anything that could permanently
damage your skin. I am not a doctor but I can tell you that this
treatment worked for me.
I get poison ivy, oak, etc. simply by the molecules in the air. My
doctor told me I was in the 95+% of extremely contagious people.
I've had it internally, in my blood and externally.
Someone recomended Tech-Nu or Tecnu (I don't know the correct
spelling). Recently I have used the clay-based Ivy Block along with
Fells-Naptha soap (it is one of the few remaining soaps with lye in
it. Although it's not 100% these have helped.
I'm always looking for something better.
I just came across your wonderful site! I love all the
information that you have. I was looking for pictures of poison
oak that I could print for a safety presentation I'm going to
give. I also saw that you wanted feedback. I'd love to give
feedback on one of the products listed on your site. I have used
Tecnu regularly for about 10 years. I am the safety manager at my
company and we have used Tecnu there for about 5 years. It is a
truly great and effective product. My cases of workers' lost time
due to poison oak have dropped dramatically since we started
using Tecnu when I came here in '95. Twice each year I have
training sessions that focus on outdoor protection with the
workers that are out in the field during the warmer months. To me
the key has been educating the workers. I find that if I explain
why they're getting the rash, then I can get them to be
pro-active and use Tecnu. Thanks again for a great site. I can't
believe I've never come across !it before.
I was recently infected with poison oak and was advised by a friend
to use Tecnu products to "get rid of the oils and stop the rash
from spreading". The Tecnu product does nothing to someone who
already has the rash, contrary to the label's description. All the
information I could gather, including that on this site, said that
the only cause of the rash was contact with the oils. Once the rash
forms, the oils have done their work, and the Tecnu will do nothing
but waste your money. I would strongly advise against anyone using
that product, as soap and water do the same job.
I am allergic to poison ivy to the point where I can get it and it
spreads like wildfire. I got it so bad a couple of years ago that I
missed a week and half of school. My uncle who is a landscaper by
trade told me to use Technu (you can get it at cvs or most other
drug stores). You just follow the instructions and it works great.
I was doing everything possible to get rid of the stuff for a week
or so, two days of Technu and the ivy was gone. This can be used
before hand if you know you are going to be around poison ivy and
it will help avoid it. Gets rid of the oils to help heal faster.
I have used Tecnu for more than 10 years - ever since I had a
blazing case of poison ivy. I have found it quite effective,
especially if I spread it on liberally wherever I may have been
exposed and just let it dry. If I am pretty sure I contacted the
weed, I usually make a second application after the first dries.
I tried Tecnu vs Cortisone cream on alternate arms after a recent
case, and found them equally effective at reducing the redness and
itching after the exposure. Avoidance is best, but sometimes you
don't know about the poison ivy until after you have touched it.
Jacques Memphis, tn
I had to write to confrim what I've read about this product, Tecnu
is a miracle cure :). Prio rto 4 years agao I never had poison
Ivy/Oak. In the last 4 years I've been infected 1-2 times a year.
(I have to garden). I reacted so severely I just called the Dr and
got an "over the phone" perscription for steriods. Taking them so
often made me a bit uncomfortable. This time clearing out the yard
before palnts started growing I unknowingly was again exposed to
this "nasty" plant. I reluctantly decided to give Tecnu a try. I
started reacting to the posion Ivy by 3:00am the next morning.
Started using Tecnu that afternoon and it's rapidly clearing up.
It's amazing. Thank you so much for the advise. I've shared this
news with eveyone I know.
Hi, I just found your site and think it's wonderful! Thank you for
putting all this info out there. I have a suggestion about
treatment. I have been plagued with poison ivey, oak, and sumac all
my live (23 yrs). I get the ivy the most commanly though. I am one
of thoes rare people you talk about thet will break out in just a
few hours and very often get it without actually going near the
plant itself through secondary touch or the air. I have probley
tried everything on the market for it! I have been to the doc and
had the shots and have been on drugs. I have been hospitilised
because the rash did not "break out" in blisters as it should.
Instead it stayed under the skin which is really painful! We
couldn't even tell it was poison ivy. The doc's went from strep to
an allirgec reaction to an asprin med before guessing ivy! Both my
eyes have swollen shut and have been unable to eat. Anyway... The
thing I have found best is rotation, rotation, rotation! My body
will get used to a med and then it won't work, so I try to use
something differant every time or a differant pattern of using
something. I will take benidryl (sp?) when it gets really bad but
it makes me very sleepy sometimes. I like the Technu stuff the
best. The clear gel that you put on after the blisters breakout
takes a while to dry but it does help for a while. The oatmeal
baths and creams work pretty good but dosent last as long. I will
usually wrap really bad oozing spots (like the one on my arm right
now) at night so I dont get the stuff everywhere. Well, To wrap
this long winded speach up, Basicly, I have found everything works
at least a little and at least a little is better then nothing!
Willa Scharch (Who currently has poison ivy on both arms, right
hand, in and behind her right ear, and on the side of her head.)
I found some news on your site, but I found only one offhand
mention of Tecnu. I have used Tec Laboratories
Oak-N-Ivy cleanser. It is especially helpful if I use it quickly, if I think I have
been exposed or when I first start to itch. It helps, later, but
not as much. You can't use it near your eyes, either [ contains
mineral spirits ]. I can find it at chain and other pharmacies -
it's available over-the-counter. They also have a cute help number:
1-800-itching. They warn you not to use Tecnu after corticosteroid
ointments, though. They have a newer product I haven't tried yet
without that conflict. Their web address is below. Thanks.
I am a 52 year old, very active female. I have suffered from poison ivy and poison oak every year since I was a child. 9 years ago I started a lawn mowing service, and I am also an avid camper.. I discovered that there is not a single lawn or area of vegetation in Indiana that does not have poison ivy, oak, or sumac. I have also tried to educate myself in preventing the rashes, and stopping them. I have never completely prevented them, because of my constant contact with the plants.
Technu works!!! It has helped me tremendously. However------ The main thing I would like people to know is that the plant is not the only enemy. The oil from these plants lasts forever. They have found active poison ivy oil on dead plants in the pyramids in Egypt. This stuff is on your shoes, clothing, door knobs, gardening tools, steering wheels, carpets, floors, etc. If you have touched or walked on anything after touching or walking on the plant or anything that has the oil on it, you will spread the oil around. That is why we keep breaking out, even when we wash our skin several times. If you have used Technu and you are still breaking out, think about what you are handling that could still have the poison oil on it. You must clean everything with a good degreaser!!!!! You don't necessarily have to use Technu on everything - the average person cannot afford it. But use the Technu on your own skin - several times if necessary. Wash everything else with a good strong cleaner. It will work if you get rid of the possibility of further contact with the oil.
By the way, does anyone know how to clean a laptop computer for poison ivy oil. That is the only thing I am afraid to clean with Technu or other strong cleaners. Don't laugh - I'm serious!!!
Also!!!!! Hey, you researchers - can't you develop something that will detect the poison oils on stuff. If I could spray something on my equipment, steering wheels, shoes, etc. that would identify the location of the contaminating oil I could stay poison ivy free and you could make billions!!!!! I would pay big bucks for it!!!!
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