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Tecnu Calagel Pain Relieving Gel

Tecnu Calagel Pain Relieving Gel


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Say goodbye to your grandma's itchy remedies and say hello to Calagel - instant, relief for all your itchy skin needs! Calagel goes on clear and stays clear, so no pink, flaky mess here! Plus, it has a pleasant scent.  And if you need to cover it up, no sweat! Pop a bandage on top and you're good to go. So why settle for anything less when you can have it all with Calagel?

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

Product Description

Calagel Pain Relieving 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

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 minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, minor skin irritations and rashes due to poison ivy, oak and sumac.


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

Do not use more often than directed

  • Adults and children 2 years of age and older: apply to affected area not more than 3 times daily
  • Children under 2 years of age: 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.

18 reviews for Tecnu Calagel Pain Relieving Gel

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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