Poison ivy season is starting! I recommend that people take an old pair of knee-high tube socks and cut off the foot part above the heel. Pull the socks over the arms up to the start of their sleeve (assuming they are wearing a T-shirt) and tuck into gloves. Use the socks to protect arms when working in the yard or other high-risk poison ivy areas. They can be rolled off the arms and thrown away, or washed and re-used. I remind people to always wear gloves, and to remove the gloves before touching anything, including door handles. This significantly reduces the exposure area of skin to poison ivy. — Judith McIntosh, MSN, Kokomo, Indiana