How To Treat Poison Ivy, Oak, And Sumac

My husband first got a rash from poison ivy a couple of years ago. He has also been exposed to poison oak and this year he got a bad rash from poison sumac.

We have tried quite a few different products to help with the itching and burning and he has started being a lot more careful when working outdoors.

He is doing several things to try to prevent getting a rash again :

  • Wearing gloves.
  • Wearing a long sleeved shirt.
  • Washing his arms and hands as soon as possible to get the oils off.

That has helped keep him from getting it so often but when he is out in the woods or on the farm he can’t always stop and wash up.  So he still gets some on him and developes a rash sometimes and since it is still early spring now it is bound to get worse as the plants get bigger.

So what do we do after he gets a rash?

The year before last he was waking up during the night with the itching and burning and had been scratching himself in his sleep. Which only makes things even worse.

None of the products we had tried till then were having an effect that lasted long enough for him to sleep all night. He kept having to get up and reapply it.

Then we found Technu Extreme. Tube of Technu Extreme.

So far this stuff has worked great. I think part of what makes it so good is that it removes any of the oils that are left after a regular washing with soap and water.

And he can carry a tube with him when he is out and about and use it immediately (if/when he remembers that is).

The best thing is that if he uses it to treat a rash just before bed time he (usually) makes it through the night without having to get up and re-do it.

Which is a really good thing. Cause we all know men need their sleep. They get grumpy if they don’t get enough sleep. Who needs that?


Disclaimer : The blogger at Simple Wyrdings has bought this product herself for her hubby and has not been compensated for this post.


  1. We don’t have too many poisonous plants here in Colorado, but it’s good to know about this cream.

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