Thank you Debbie for all your words and research. After posting my question this morning I realized that it has been a very emotional year (my mother's illness and subsequent death from Feb-July) lots of unexpected travel, a new real estate purchase (across the country!) and added accounting responsibilities at work and home. As I worked on a client this afternoon (I'm a massage therapist as well) and noticing his "rash," (totally dissimilar to mine) that we had discussed as possibly being hives, was not evident. When I mentioned it to him, he said his psychiatrist told him it was brought on by stress and advised him to use an athlete's food topical remedy and it was working for him. I am fully aware of my mental/emotional mechanisms and their indication of imbalance in my life, from my thoughts to physiological manifestations. I will use this knowledge and the information you passed on to me (the log is a great idea) for this and future (if any) re-occurances. I'm headed to the Eczema site now. Good night!