For the second year in a row, I am fighting poison ivy after a weekend of outdoor activity. Some say it's worse the second time you get it. I don't know if that's true, but I am scratching so much I just hit China.

In that spirit, I caution you to always, ALWAYS wear gloves for work in the garden, or yard, especially if you're helping out a neighbor whose place you're less familiar with. While poison ivy is a pain, getting it on your hands can graduate from inconvenience to an entire body outbreak rather quickly.

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    The Top 5 worst places to have Poison Ivy:

  1. Hands. Hands is bad enough, but where those hands travel can make all the next 4 on the list a bigger problem.
  2. Face. Can't tell you if I brushed it, or wiped my hand to get some sweat away from my face... but thinking back, I shoulda' left the sweat there... [scratch scratch]
  3. Legs. Lower legs especially. It's not too much worse there, but you have a lot less depth for light scratching, so you're a freaking mess. Note to self: Maybe long pants when clearing brush.
  4. Waist. When your hands have been exposed, and you grab to pull up your pants, every time in the next 2 weeks that you WEAR pants you'll wish you were in a nudist colony.
  5. (Perhaps you are way ahead of me?) Ding, Ding! You guessed it, the Johnson.

Happy first day of Summer.