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March 21, 2023
What is the Difference Between Antiseptic & Antibiotic Wound Care?

Chances are your medicine cabinet is filled with ointments and creams in the unfortunate case of a cut or scrape. When choosing the proper topical treatment, you may question the ingredients and differences between an antibiotic and an antiseptic. In this article, you'll learn the difference between antiseptic and antibiotic wound care and why antiseptic […]

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March 15, 2023
Does Poison Ivy or Oak Have Thorns?

Poison ivy and poison oak are popular plants that cause an itchy, uncomfortable skin irritation and rash. The toxic oil on these plants is responsible for the painful skin reaction, and it is easily transferred by simply brushing up against the plant; it can even be spread from person to person on clothing or pets. […]

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March 8, 2023
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me More than Others?

Mosquitoes can put a real wrench in anyone's outdoor plans, especially if they’re attracted to you. Mosquito bites cause uncomfortable itching and a skin reaction and can also carry diseases. You may notice that some people are more susceptible to these pesky insects than others. For example, some may experience a swarm of mosquito bites, […]

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February 23, 2023
How Fast Can Poison Ivy Rash Appear?

Any outdoor adventurer will tell you just how uncomfortable poison ivy rash can be. Caused by urushiol oil on poison ivy, poison oak, and other sumac plants, the rash is easily spread and can cause severe inflammation for up to three weeks. It can be spread on clothing, pets, by skin-to-skin contact, and of course […]

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February 16, 2023
How to Treat An Open Wound

If you experience a cut, scrape, or sore, it can be very concerning. The most important recommendation is to stay calm. You can take several key steps to treat a minor open wound at home; however, if you require stitches or are experiencing a severe cut, you should seek medical attention immediately. Treating your injury […]

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February 9, 2023
What Does Poison Ivy Rash Look Like?

Whether you are an experienced outdoor adventurer or a novice gardener, chances are you’ve experienced a brush with poison ivy or poison oak in your lifetime. Identifying the itchy, burning sensation early will help you find relief fast. If you’re unsure if the rash on your skin is caused by poison ivy, several vital indicators […]

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February 2, 2023
Do Mosquitoes Bite in the Winter?

Mosquitoes can throw a real wrench in your outdoor plans, especially if you’re planning on entertaining al fresco or enjoying a brisk outdoors adventure on a camping trip. While they are prevalent in hot, sticky weather, do mosquitoes bite in the winter? The short answer is mosquitoes are much less active in cooler months, so […]

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December 20, 2022
What does poison ivy do to humans?

Poison ivy looks like any ordinary plant out in the wild, so much so that you need some research to identify the plant correctly. But it seems as though some animals appear to be unbothered by the poison oak and ivy plants through their fur coat protection or are immune to urushiol, the plant's oil. […]

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December 15, 2022
Can you spread poison ivy?

So you just discovered that you have an unfortunate poison ivy rash, and you’re worried that you could spread this rash to your family. The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. Poison ivy and its relatives, poison sumac and poison oak cause this rash through specific means. Let’s talk about the plant, how […]

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December 7, 2022
How long does poison ivy itching last?

So you had the unfortunate luck of touching poison ivy, and now you have a rash that itches without mercy. You’re wondering why this is happening and how long this problematic situation will last. Let’s look at how poison ivy causes the rash, how long it lasts, how to make the healing process faster, and […]

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November 15, 2022
What does poison ivy look like when it first starts?

While walking through the woods with your friends, one of them warned you that there might be poison ivy in your path. You checked, and it looks like you’ve already walked through quite a bit. You rushed to your backpack, took out the Tecnu Detox Wipes you brought just in case, and wiped every part […]

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November 8, 2022
Does poison ivy grow on a vine?

Identifying poison ivy is an essential skill to develop whether you love the outdoors, work outside, or are an avid gardener. The poison ivy plant, while having the familiar characteristics of leaves of three, can look a bit different depending on the season and geography. Besides the fact that it has similar poisonous relatives that […]

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November 1, 2022
What kills poison ivy the fastest?

Poison ivy is the dreaded plant that causes many outdoor vacations to turn into itchy problems that you just want to end. But this plant doesn’t just appear in the wild; it can appear anywhere with conditions the plant finds favorable. Yes, it can even grow in your garden or backyard. When you find a […]

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October 25, 2022
What you may not know about poison ivy

Poison ivy is the dreaded plant we are taught to avoid from our earliest days of exploring the outdoors. But do we really know everything about it? There are many myths about the plant that many think are facts, and while some of them are relatively harmless, they could put you in more danger than […]

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October 18, 2022
Should I cover poison ivy when sleeping?

You did your best and made sure to be as vigilant as possible. But even with that, you brushed against a poison ivy leaf hiding in the tall grass. You only noticed the next day after you got home, so you did your best to wash off the urushiol oil. Unfortunately, the dreaded oil has […]

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October 11, 2022
Should you pop poison ivy blisters?

Poison ivy blisters can be itchy or painful, and it can be tempting to pop them. But doing so will only make you susceptible to infections. You’re suffering an intense itching that keeps you up at night and a pain that even topical steroid creams barely keep at bay! Let’s understand what causes this. What […]

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October 4, 2022
What kills poison ivy?

You’re walking around in your yard and find a familiar-looking plant. You take out your phone and do a quick search. The results prove it—you have poison ivy. You’re wondering how to get rid of it; simply pulling it like a common weed isn’t an option—or is it? Let’s dive in and figure out what […]

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September 27, 2022
How does poison ivy rash spread?

Getting a poison ivy rash is enough to ruin anyone's day. The rash is from an allergic reaction to the urushiol oil in the plant. Symptoms range from red bumps to large blisters with itching so intense that it keeps you up at night. The problem? It spreads! Read more to know more about how […]

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September 20, 2022
It's Back! First Aid Gel, a Tecnu Favorite

The antiseptic gel that everybody loved is here! Tecnu’s First Aid Gel, now under the brand NuNature by Tecnu, is a favorite of our customers and back by popular demand. It’s been a while, but since many people requested this product's return, we worked long and hard to do so. It’s the same First Aid […]

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September 13, 2022
When does poison ivy stop spreading?

So you got exposed to poison ivy, and now you’re experiencing the consequences. Yesterday you developed a rash on your forearm, and today a rash on your neck! When will the spreading stop? Good news, it has already stopped spreading! Poison ivy rashes are caused by urushiol, the oil found in the plant. Once absorbed […]

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September 1, 2022
Can I get poison ivy from my dog?

85% of the population in the U.S is allergic to the oil found on poison ivy plants. Dog fur and paws can carry this oil on their coat, leading some to wonder, "Can I get poison ivy from my dog?" If you are wondering if your pets have poison ivy, it is a good idea […]

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August 2, 2022
Does Itching Spread Poison Ivy Rashes?

Exposing yourself to poison ivy can result in a painful allergic reaction and destruction of the skin, and may sometimes cause severe health problems. There is a lot of information on the internet about how itching spreads poison ivy rashes. Some say to wash it, some say to let it be, and others say to […]

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July 19, 2022
What is the Duration of Poison Ivy Rash?

Although we often associate poison ivy with summertime and all the outdoor activities that come with it, the fact remains that poison ivy is capable of inflicting a nasty rash year round. No matter the season, the best defense against poison ivy is being fully informed about it. You can only develop a poison ivy […]

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July 13, 2022
How Quickly Must Poison Ivy Oil be Removed To Avoid a Rash?

If you’ve ever experienced it, you know that a poison ivy rash is never pleasant, and any steps you can take to reduce or, even better, completely avoid the infamous itchy rash is worthwhile. While most people are aware of the more basic prevention methods such as wearing long sleeve shirts while hiking and avoiding […]

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June 29, 2022
How-To-Guide: Washing Poison Ivy off Your Clothes

If you've ever been a victim of poison ivy, you know it's no fun. Almost 85% of the population in the U.S is allergic to poison ivy. The poison ivy rash is caused by urushiol, found in all parts of poison ivy. Urushiol bonds to the skin and can stay on surfaces for years, so […]

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June 28, 2022
Top 10 must-have items for an outdoor adventure

What do you need to pack before hitting the great outdoors? Whether hiking, camping, or rock climbing, the outdoors can bring us more than we bargained for. Staying safe outdoors is essential, and preparing for an outdoor adventure can be very challenging. Before you embark on your epic adventure, here are ten must-have essentials for […]

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June 21, 2022
Should I cover blisters from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac rash?

So you've had a run-in with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, and your skin is itching. You’re covered in blisters on your arms, legs, and maybe even neck. Do you know what to do? How should you treat the blisters? Should you pop them or not? Are there any remedies that can make […]

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June 15, 2022
Poison Oak Rash: What It Looks Like & How To Treat It

Getting a poison oak rash is unpleasant to say the least. It causes blistering and redness. An allergic reaction to poison oak can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. Identifying the rash that comes with poison oak can help you seek treatment faster when you know you have contacted this dangerous plant. This post will […]

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June 8, 2022
Poison Sumac Rash: Stages & Treatment

Every summer, thousands of people get poison sumac rash when they contact the urushiol oil on the plants. Most symptoms are redness and itching. However, some people may also experience blistering, swelling, and a burning sensation. You could try treating it yourself with home remedies, but some may not be healthy for your skin. To […]

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June 1, 2022
Join Tecnu at GoPro Mountain Games 2022

Do you love the outdoors and like to take risks? Are you ready to tackle the wild and compete head-to-head against some of the most athletically elite teams globally? Experience the awe-inspiring GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, with a week's worth of breathtaking events, including extreme sports competitions, camaraderie and nonstop adventure—because it’s time […]

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