September 06, 2013
Zanfel — "Poison ivy cure"
The complete headline of the March 22, 2005 Cool Tools review (below) by Jimmie Whipple: "Poison oak and ivy cure."
Zanfel is very expensive, it's true ($24/oz).
But it's worth every penny to anyone suffering with a poison ivy (or oak) rash.
Within 30 seconds of treatment, the itching stops.
It's the only product I know of that chemically binds the urishol which is causing the problem.
Doesn't have to be used as soon after exposure as the previously-recommended Tecnu.
Cool Tools grand panjandrum Kevin Kelly added:
Rite-Aid drugstores sell their generic house-brand version of Zanfel for about $27 per 1 ounce tube.
Curiously, it is not clear what the name of the product actually is.
It is either the unimaginatively named Quick Itch Relief, or else it is Rite-Aid Poison Ivy-Oak Wash.
Both appear on the carton, and neither shows up on the web.
There are a zillion "itch relief" products for poison oak and ivy and they are all named something similar, but most of them are merely cortisone derivatives.
What you want is Zanfel — or a knock off — which will say "Compare to Zanfel," which this product is, whatever its real name.
$22.95 for 1 ounce.
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I use something a lot cheaper. Lava hand soap in bar form. I've used it since the 60's. I don't know how it works, it just works to wash off the urushiol. I then douse the affected area with 5% solution of white vinegar. Both together have stopped a lot of itching. It even works against the Manchineel Tree (little apple of death tree, so toxic that even rain water dripping off of the leaves will burn skin) in Florida.
Posted by: John | Sep 8, 2013 9:59:14 AM
Lacquer fans, hang on: your ship is coming in, in a most beautiful fashion, at precisely 8:01 a.m. today.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Sep 7, 2013 12:41:01 AM
A new way to neutralize toxic threats and render them beautifully transparent: Oxidize and polymerize them in the presence of moisture.
Posted by: Marianne | Sep 6, 2013 11:10:11 PM
But, Joe! Oxidized Urushiol is lacquer!
From Wikipedia: "The oxidation and polymerization of urushiol in the tree's sap in the presence of moisture allows it to form a hard lacquer, which is used to produce traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese lacquerware."
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 6, 2013 10:21:50 PM
Posted by: tamra | Sep 6, 2013 6:54:30 PM
Hey Joe, look at this one. Was shown along with the Zanfel on Amazon, according to the first reviewer, the same ingredients at a fraction of the price, as per the company itself. $6.99 is certainly a fraction. Might could be....
Posted by: tamra | Sep 6, 2013 6:52:24 PM
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