The Extreme Nature of Poison Ivy Rashes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now that I’m a father, I have found myself freaking out about things that I’ve never freaked out about before. Like, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if we need to stock up on toothpaste just in case she starts brushing her teeth before morning (which isn’t likely to happen, but since when were all parental impulses rational).

There are times, however, that having the right supplies on hand could very well make a traumatic situation far less stressful.

I believe in preparing for the worst and expecting the best. I’ll take it a step further: I expect to find the best products that will help attenuate the worst possible issues.

It’s only fitting that I bathed in a tub filled with poison ivy (and poison oak) to test the Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub that was sent my way to try. However, since I was not sent a lifetime supply of it, I decided to try the homeopathic remedy without actually touching the poisonous plants first.

I mean, there’s only so much I’m going to do for this blog – and I had to draw the line somewhere. Mind you, this is the type of solution that is going to be at the ready anytime our family ventures into the great outdoors. Our daughter’s curious nature is likely going to land her in a patch of poison plants sooner or later. 

Summer is prime time for poison oak, ivy, or sumac – but even in autumn, you can prepare yourself for the next summer season before it’s too late and someone finds themselves itching for an ointment that will receive itching and burning. If you were looking for Poison Ivy Information, don’t ask the plant. 

How fast does Tecnu Extreme work? I know you’re thinking that five minutes is plenty fast, but it’s not very extreme. What about one minute? No, still not extreme enough.

15 seconds.

That’s how quickly this will work to start removing the poison oils.

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It’s the first all-in-one product that can be used before a rash starts (or after the rash has started). And, again, it also stops the itching. There’s no way you can mess this up, really – unless you try to eat it (which is not recommended). The scrub can be put on the whole body after wetting the skin first (with water).

Fast fact: “A rash is created when a resin-like substance from the plants gets on a person’s skin. That substance, if not removed, will create a rash in nearly everyone within about eight hours. Some people take a day or two to break out with the rash.” Breakout is a great video game, but a break out is never fun to experience.

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Tecnu Extreme removes the rash-causing substance called urushiol (pronounced: oo-roo-she-all) from the skin. It does not remove your wife’s “I told you so” after you’ve trotted through a patch of poison ivy, however.

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When using Tecnu Extreme before a rash breaks out, it should be applied within eight hours after exposure to the plants (the sooner, the better). So, don’t stop to watch reruns of Frasier – or, watch the show while you apply the treatment.

You can get this at all major drug store chains (like Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and Target), but I have two $100 gift cards and one $300 gift card to Target – ready to give away to y’all. To enter, just send me a tweet (or post a comment in the corresponding Facebook thread for this post) talking about a time you had poison ivy (or talk about what Tec Labs Inc. products you like using).

You can’t just spend the rest of your life indoors (despite wanting to do just that). When you go into unknown territories, know that you have something like Tecnu Extreme to mitigate a potential skin rash from poisonous plants.

Are you itching to get a gift card, then?

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