This poison ivy / poison oak or whatever it is thing is really becoming a burr under my fanny fast. The only thing I've found to stop the itching is to scrub with hot water / drying antibacterial soap, and then pouring alcohol over it. That last one was out of desperation, I admit. But I discovered as a child that alcohol takes the itch out of mosquito bites, so I figured why not try it. Now keep in mind, I take zyrtec everyday, anyway. I can't take benedryl because I'm allergic to the darn stuff. I *thought* I had this latest bout licked using the above method. But I've noticed something in the past 2 days. If I want more hives.......all I seem to have to do is walk outside. Now this could be just because my system is already fired up. But it has me wondering if it isn't the poison ivy / oak that is the culprit. I know I didn't walk through any. I know neither dog has done so. (we got rid of what they could get to) With the first bout (on my legs) I had to cover them with bandaides because sitting down sweating would nearly send me right over the edge it made it itch so bad. The bandaides kept contact with the hives down and helped with that...........until I had a reaction to the bandaide (I didn't realize I'd used one with laytex). So the next time I made sure no laytex......and had a reaction to the darn adhesive. omg Soooo, no more bandaides. Now I'm stuck with the soap/water/alcohol routine. But I keep popping up with new "spots", although these are teeny compared to the original areas....they still itch. Now......maybe there is another weed out there that is either the cause or compounding it. (heaven knows I have one heckova variety of the darn things) Regardless, this allergy thing has got to stop because I'm the only one to care for my yard. I'm dreading the next mowing session.........and darn it I had fun mowing it last time.