About 2 weeks ago, I stopped at a backyard flower bed to pull up some small emerging weeds. I usually remind Ira to wear gloves, long sleeves when he's gardening as he's highly allergic to poison oak and ivy. I've never had poison ivy, but sure enough, I now have a poison ivy allergy. Dr. Resneck said that when the plant is just emerging, the toxin is strongest.....so BE CAREFUL. After a shot of Kenalog?, a cortisone-based med, I'm no longer itching, scratching, red and blotchy.