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Tecnu Calagel Anti-itch Gel

Tecnu Calagel Anti-itch Gel


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Forget your Grandma’s go-to for itches, and look no further than Calagel! What more can you ask for in a topical anti-itch product than INSTANT, cooling relief,  a clear application (goes on clear and stays clear), and one that has a pleasant scent? You can even apply a bandage if needed!

Calagel addresses many itchy & painful issues including poison ivy/oak, insect bites, sunburn, minor burns, and other minor skin irritations.

Product Description

Calagel Anti-itch Gel is king when it comes to itch relief. The maximum strength itch relief is a must for poison ivy, oak, or sumac, minor rashes, insect bites, minor burns, and other minor skin irritations. Don't let itch and pain stand between you and your outdoor adventures!

Active ingredient:
Diphenhydramine HCl 2% - Purpose: topical analgesic / antihistamine

Inactive ingredients:
benzethonium chloride, disodium EDTA, fragrance, hypromellose, menthol, polysorbate 20, purified water, sodium metabisulfite, zinc acetate


  • For temporary relief of pain and itching associated with poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations.


  • For external use only.
  • Do not use:
    • with any other product containing diphenhydramine, even one taken by mouth.
    • on large areas of the body.
  • Ask a doctor before using on chicken pox or measles.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Stop use and ask a doctor if condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days or clear up and occur again within a few days.

Adults and children 2 years and older:

  1. Do not use more often than directed.
  2. Cleanse skin with soap and warm water. Dry affected area.
  3. Apply to affected area not more than 3 times daily.
  4. May be covered with a sterile bandage. If bandaged, let dry first.

Children under 2 years of age:

  1. Do not use, consult a doctor.

Other information:
Store at 59-86°F (15-30°C)

We have not tested Calagel to be used on animals so we cannot recommend using it on your dog.

Calagel has not been tested for use on ringworm. We encourage you to seek advice from your physician or pharmacist for proper care/treatment.

We recommend consulting your physician first.

We have one medicated product that contains menthol at inactive levels, our anti-itch gel called Calagel.
All product labels can be found here in our Tips and Info section.

Calagel Medicated Anti-itch Gel is an over-the-counter medication that has a two year expiration date from the day it is manufactured. The date can be found marked near the batch code vertically on the side of the bottle label. It will be marked as "EXP month/year", so for example EXP 6/2018 would expire in June 2018. If you purchase Calagel in a box with a 2 oz. Tecnu Original inside, the expiration date will also be stamped on the bottom of the box.

The drug facts label on Calagel states, "Stop use and ask a doctor if condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days, or clear up and occur again within a few days."

If you have been using Calagel on your rash for over a week now and are starting to notice increased redness and irritation, we would suggest you discontinue use and contact your doctor.

No, you should not use Calagel if you are allergic to sulfites. Tecnu Rash Relief Spray would be another option for itch relief.

We are not aware of any side effects of Calagel. However, if you are allergic to sulfites, you could experience: a reaction that can vary from mild to life threatening. The most common symptoms are mild and involve a skin rash accompanied by redness, hives, itching, flushing, tingling, and swelling. Respiratory symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, and stridor. Gastrointestinal reactions involve nausea and stomach cramps. Less common but more serious signs include low blood pressure, shock, extreme difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness. DO NOT USE Calagel IF ALLERGIC TO SULFITES.

The symptoms of a sulfite reaction vary from mild to life threatening. The most common symptoms are mild and involve a skin rash accompanied by redness, hives, itching, flushing, tingling, and swelling. Respiratory symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, and stridor. Gastrointestinal reactions involve nausea and stomach cramps. Less common but more serious signs include low blood pressure, shock, extreme difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness.

See the Safety Data Sheet for Calagel.

Calagel should not be used in conjunction with any other products containing diphenhydramine so as not to exceed a daily recommended dosage. Please contact your physician.

15 reviews for Tecnu Calagel Anti-itch Gel

  1. Dave VanderYacht

    I have been fighting poison ivy since I was 10 years old. I remember that hideous pink stuff that never helped. About 25 years ago I discovered Calagel and it has worked miracles. I keep it in the cabinet constantly. And have recommended it to countless friends. They treat me as a hero but Tecnu is the real hero in the story.

  2. Teresa Bouch (verified owner)

    ...I have been using Calagel for over 10 years now. It is my go-to product for so many things...

  3. Ming Roberson (verified owner)

    I live in East Texas with lots of mosquitoes. First week I was here I bought Calagel from the pharmacy. That was 10 years ago. I will never be without it. I'm ordering today, as I'm getting low. Thanks for such a wonderful product.

  4. Brittany Ogles (verified owner)

    Yesterday I not only stepped in a fire ant pile but I also just stood in it for a good couple of seconds. I had bites all over my legs and feet... I put Calagel on the bites and they almost immediately stopped burning and itching. And after a day of using it my feet and ankles are almost back to normal. This stuff is amazing!

  5. GR (verified owner)

    I have used Calagel every summer to treat mosquito bites. It's thick, dries quickly, and immediately relieves the itching and burning. It also helps speed the recovery process! I have used Calagel on rashes and sunburn. I could not ask for a better product! I always highly recommend this product especially since working as an allied healthcare professional.

  6. Heather (verified owner)

    I'm 9 months pregnant and have stretch marks that are itchy and red. Nothing was working to take away the itch which was causing a lot of sleepless nights. Then I found a bottle of Calagel that I had squirreled away in my linen closet. I thought, 'what the heck; it's worth a try.' I'm so glad I did! I finally got restful sleep last night!

  7. Billie Goodman (verified owner)

    If you have sensitive skin that mosquitos love to bite, then this is a must product for you! I have tried everything and this is by far the best at relieving the itch...! Thank you Tecnu!

  8. Dianne Hoffman (verified owner)

    This stuff is the total bomb! My husband works outside here in Tennessee, and he loves it! None better!

  9. Jeff Sutton (verified owner)

    Chiggers have been particularly bad in my part of Texas this year; I haven't had so many bites since I was a kid! I found your product at my local Dollar General, while searching for SOMETHING to give me some relief, and have been impressed--cool, clear, soothing, and long lasting. Great job!

  10. Jackie Sanders (verified owner)

    My dad had given this itch relief to my daughter for her itching from a bug bite. I had forgotten about it and was treating what I thought was a bug bite. After two days of welting and severe itching I saw the bottle of calagel. I thought what can it hurt. I was surprised that after only 8 hours the welts were almost gone and the itching was cut by 90%! I have before and after pictures and they are simply amazing! I will support this product!

  11. Jeremy (verified owner)

    I work in a hot and humid environment in an already hot and humid Georgia. I often get prikly heat rash during the summer months, so bad I can hardly sleep. I have tried all kinds of different products to provide some relief from the pain and itching. My wife picked up a bottle of Calagel for me to try out, and I was amazed at how much better my rash felt seconds after applying. This is a great product.

  12. William D. Gould (verified owner)

    What an amazing product is Calagel! I have been tormented with itching/burning on my lower legs all winter. I have tried different soaps, aloe, various lotions, Cortisone 10, and each has given short-term but not completely effective relief. So I searched the shelves at my local Rite Aid pharmacy last night and found Calagel. Last night was the first night I have had an itch-less night in many weeks. What a blessing it is. Kudos for putting this wonderful product on the market.

  13. Chris (verified owner)

    Mid winter clearing of a new property, ambushed after a few days with rash that needed attention. Recognized its appearance and went for the trusted remedy. Tecnu, followed by Jewel weed soap and cool down with Calagel. Good and dependable system tks

  14. ML (verified owner)

    Relief, blessed relief! I have known about the Tec Laboratories products for a while and have used Tecnu quite often to both prevent and minimize the effects of the poison ivy I inadvertently come across while hiking. I recently had forgotten to apply a good coat of insect repellent while out hiking and came home with the worst case of chigger bites I had ever had. Seeking relief from the maddening itch, I saw your Calagel product in the itch relief section of the pharmacy. I knew that if anyone could make a product that would relieve the symptoms of chigger bites, Tec Labs would do it best.

    Though not specifically for chigger bites, the Calagel started to work almost instantly in relieving the itching that those nasty critters had cursed me with. I was finally able to get a full night's sleep without waking myself up by scratching the bites. Thanks again for making a product that is not only better than the competition but is often less expensive as well. My medicine cabinet will always have your products in it.

  15. SG (verified owner)

    I would just like to take a minute to tell you that I just tried your CalaGel today and it is wonderful!!!! I am 52 years old and have been tormented all my life with poison oak/ivy....If I could tell the difference, I probably would not be getting in it so much... My latest bout with this annoying little plant came from my pet Border Collie, Jake....I tried to tell him to stay out of the poison oak growing on the hill, but you know how dogs are????? Anyway, a girl I work with told me about your product so I purchased a bottle, not thinking it would really work...W O W!...was I wrong...In the past, I have had shots, steroid packs, and a long line of messy creams and nothing worked as well as CalaGel... Thanks again!

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