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July 13, 2023
Ivy-Proof Your Adventure: How Tecnu Detox Wipes Saves Your Hike

When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, there's nothing quite like a thrilling hike through nature's beauty. However, pesky plants like poison ivy and poison oak can put a damper on your adventure. Luckily, Tecnu Detox Wipes are here to save the day! These individually wrapped wipes remove urushiol oil and other toxic residues […]

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July 5, 2023
Battle of the Bumps: Spider Bites vs. Poison Ivy Rashes

Spending time outdoors is rejuvenating, but sometimes it has unexpected consequences like skin irritations. Two common culprits are poison ivy rashes and spider bites. It's important to differentiate between the two to properly address the issue. In this article, we'll explore how to spot the differences, provide tips on what to do if you identify […]

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June 28, 2023
What is the Difference Between Poison Oak & Ivy?

For those who love the outdoors, there's a lot to admire and explore, but there are also hazards to be wary of. Among these hazards, poison oak and poison ivy stand out. These plants can cause discomfort and ruin an excellent outdoor experience if not identified and avoided. This guide will help you understand the […]

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June 21, 2023
Protect Your Palms: Understanding How Poison Oak & Ivy Spreads

As a gardener or an outdoor enthusiast, you're likely familiar with the discomfort of an unfortunate encounter with poison oak or poison ivy. Understanding how these plants spread and how to identify them can help you navigate the great outdoors more safely. In this article, we'll explore how to identify these toxic plants, what to […]

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June 14, 2023
Poison Ivy In My Eye: What Should I Do? / Understanding Urushiol Oil 

If there’s one thing that ruins a day in the great outdoors, it’s a run-in with poison ivy or oak. But what happens if you accidentally rub your eyes and spread the itchy, scratchy reaction even further? Urushiol oil, a substance found in plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, is notorious for […]

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June 7, 2023
Taking on Poison Ivy: How to Remove It Before It's Out of Control

What is Poison Ivy? Poison ivy, scientifically known as Toxicodendron radicans, is native to North America. It is found in various environments, from the countryside to urban areas. The plant contains urushiol, an oily compound that causes an allergic reaction in 85% of humans. This reaction is known as contact dermatitis, resulting in an itchy, […]

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May 31, 2023
How to Tell the Difference Between Harmless and Poison Sumac

You may have heard of poison ivy and oak, but have you ever heard of Sumac? This plant is not as well-known as poison ivy or poison oak, but it can still cause a lot of discomfort if you come into contact with it. Poison sumac, or Toxicodendron vernix, grows in wet, marshy areas and […]

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May 24, 2023
Nature's Superheroes: How Dogs and Cats Avoid Poison Oak

Regarding outdoor adventures, many people love to bring their furry friends along for the ride. While dogs and cats may seem immune to nature's dangers, they are superheroes in their own right. One of the interesting things about our pets is that they rarely get poison oak and ivy rashes due to their fur.  In […]

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May 17, 2023
5 Products We Recommend For Your Outdoor First Aid Kit

Ah, it’s that time of year again when the seasons are in full bloom, and you likely want to get outside and enjoy them! Unfortunately, your plans may be interrupted by some common pests that also arise this time of year, including poison oak and poison ivy. Have no fear, by prepping in advance, you […]

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May 10, 2023
Happy Planting! Tips to Stay Itch-Free While Gardening

Does your green thumb have you itching and scratching? Gardening is a great way to spend time outside and enjoy the warmer weather, but this favorite pastime can also bring unwanted pests. From poison oak and ivy to mosquitoes and other bugs, it's essential to take preventative measures to avoid these pests and know what […]

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May 3, 2023
Spring Clean Your Garden

Spring is in the air, so it’s time to prep your garden for beautiful weather. Green thumb or not, you’ll want to show your outdoor areas some TLC so you can enjoy the warm months ahead. Before planting new flowers, set a foundation by clearing your garden of unwanted guests - including poison oak and […]

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April 27, 2023
Feeling Sick? It Could be Poison Oak

Do you love the outdoors? Chances are, if you’ve spent any time outside in the wilderness, you’ve probably encountered poison oak. This plant is notorious for causing an irritating skin rash and, in some cases, a severe allergic reaction. This condition is caused by the urushiol oil on the plant and can lead to symptoms […]

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April 21, 2023
10 Ways to Enjoy Nature During Spring

Spring is the perfect time to leave the house and explore the great outdoors. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. Whether you prefer hiking through the woods or lounging by the water, there is something for everyone. Here are ten ways to enjoy nature […]

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April 18, 2023
Can You Become Immune to Poison Ivy?

Poison ivy is notorious for causing an itchy, uncomfortable rash. Unfortunately, this plant is also popular in North America and can cause quite a stir for active families and nature lovers. The plant contains urushiol, an oil that leads to severe allergic reactions in most people. Despite popular belief, there is no known cure or […]

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April 10, 2023
Poison Ivy in the Spring

Poison Ivy in the Spring Ah, springtime! The most beautiful time of year brings blooming flowers, budding trees, and chirping birds, but it’s also the most popular season for poison ivy. This pesky plant causes itchy and uncomfortable rashes that can quickly spread from person to person on clothing, tools, and pets. In this article, […]

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April 4, 2023
Should you drain poison ivy blisters?

Poison ivy rashes can be incredibly itchy or painful—or even both. It can be highly tempting to scratch and pop the blisters for temporary relief or because you think it will help with the healing process. There are many myths about poison ivy, the rashes it causes, and the treatment of the blisters. Some are […]

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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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