Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash

Zanfel® Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac Wash is a safe and effective topical solution for poison ivy, oak, and sumac. It is the only product clinically shown to remove urushiol, the toxin responsible for the reaction, from the skin ANYTIME after outbreak, enabling the affected area to immediately begin healing. After using Zanfel, itching and pain are the first things to be relieved, usually within 30 seconds.

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What Is Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash?

Zanfel® Poison Ivy Wash is the only product clinically shown to remove poison ivy (urushiol) from the skin ANYTIME after outbreak, providing virtually immediate relief of itching and pain.

Zanfel removes urushiol, the oil in poison ivy that binds to the skin and produces the symptoms of itching, redness, and swelling. Zanfel surrounds and removes the toxin from the dermal layers so that the body may immediately begin healing, and will no longer attack itself. This process is done very quickly and efficiently so that relief usually comes within 30 seconds!

 Yes. Zanfel is also safe for use by nursing women.

Yes. As with other strong soaps, Zanfel should be applied carefully, avoiding direct contact with the eye. If contact occurs, rinse the eye with cold water until the irritation subsides.

Yes. A good night’s sleep without itching.

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 If accidentally swallowed, Zanfel usually causes gagging. If not, it enters the digestive tract and seeks out and kills all bacteria. Good bacteria in your gut aids in digestion, so you may experience mild diarrhea for several hours until your body regenerates the good bacteria. If Zanfel gets into your eyes, rinse them with water until the burning subsides. If problems become severe or if they persist, see your healthcare provider immediately.

The itch and pain are usually gone in 30 seconds!

Zanfel is effective at any point after contact with poison ivy and will provide relief regardless of how long you have suffered with the allergic reaction.

If you know within the first hour that you contacted poison ivy, sumac, or oak, some experts claim that plain soap and water might wash it off the skin. They suggest that washing is effective if you catch it within the first two to four hours after exposure. Other experts believe that unless you wash within the first 10 minutes, the oil will bind to the skin. Once the oil has bonded, Zanfel is the only substance known to remove the oil.

Poison ivy, sumac, and oak secrete a toxin called urushiol oil. When human skin contacts this oil, it sets up an allergic reaction that causes itchy rashes, blisters, and lesions. A course of treatment with Zanfel involves washing the affected area until no itching remains. Some spots may contain more urushiol oil than others and, therefore, require a second washing with Zanfel. If you feel any itching whatsoever, you have not properly completed the first treatment!


After completing the first treatment, you should be itch-free and, within 24 hours, 75-80% of the rash also should disappear. For most people, no more treatments are required. For others, the deeper oils that were out of Zanfel’s reach the first time begin to move up to the surface, and the itch may return within two to 24 hours, depending on the severity. In this case, a second treatment may be required. Note: For any severe reactions typically having the appearance of thick leathery spots, further applications may be needed in those areas only .

Zanfel works safely into the dermal layer of your skin, binds to the urushiol oil, and, when rinsed off, takes the oil with it down the drain.

Even though Zanfel is safe on damaged skin, excessive scrubbing with this or any other product is not recommended. Remember that the goal is to remove the urushiol oil, and this usually takes no more than 3 minutes of scrubbing. In fact, Zanfel also deep cleans the skin, promoting fast healing of the wound at the same time it is removing the toxin. Zanfel feels good when you scrub with it, even on cuts.

No. Zanfel actually removes the toxin, urushiol oil, from the skin after contact has been made with the plant. There is no need to use it until you are certain you contacted the plant or when swelling and itching begin. In this way, you avoid wasting the product. Even if you use barrier or preventive creams, they may not always be effective and they do not shield your clothing. Oil on your clothing may contaminate you when you undress. Also, you can spread the toxin by touching contaminated clothing to other surfaces such as sleeping bags, bedding, upholstery, or carpeting (it may be on your shoes, and shoestrings). For these reasons and more, keep Zanfel on hand even if you use preventive creams.

Regular soap and water can be used to remove urushiol oil from garden tools. To help prevent secondary exposures, it is important to clean garden tools which have become contaminated with the poison ivy plants’ oil with soap and lots of water.

If your itch was halted by using Zanfel, it did work! One of two things may be happening: You may simply be recontaminating yourself. (Read on for details.) Alternatively, Zanfel works topically (at the skin level). It is possible that the urushiol has penetrated the skin and entered the lymphatic or blood system, causing a systemic reaction. In either case, SEE A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY.

Did you know that Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash relieves the itch from Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac? Get Zanfel. It Works!
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