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Hives,they wont go away!

Posted In: Allergies 17 Replies
  • Posted By: Scootz
  • May 29, 2007
  • 05:18 PM

I have had these hives since Oct 2006. Im at my witts end here! I have had every test possible,Nothing shows up.I am going to a Allergy clinic now and have been for 2 months.still nothing.Im taking 10mg singualr at bedtime. 5 mg clarnix 2 x day,150 mg zantac 2 x day, 10 mg zytrc at bedtime.I have been taking atenolol 20mg for 30 years for B. They took me off of this last wed,said it was a beta blocker and will give it a try for a week..Didnt help,,I have hives this morning.I usually go 1 day a week with none! its my day of fun! I am getting very depressed over these nasty things.Its put a hault on my life.My eyes swell shut, they cover my whole body,all different sizes all different shapes and some are white ,some are red. I have kept a log of everything I do daily,what I eat goes on the log,I take pictures of the hives mthe times they come out ,each time I go to the clinic I take my log with me.I have had test after test.Right now I am waiting for another series of blood tests that they took last week. The skin test they did came back, allergic to ,shrimp (my fav) Onions (my fav) Peanut ,soy, They taugt me how to read a label for soy products,I EAT NONE OF THIS STUFF!The worse part of this is I have learned to deal with the small break outs just as long as they are not on my face or neck but when my eyes swell closed its scarey.I carry a epi pen with me,I have these hives in my mouth many times but nothing in that causes my throat to close up. Why cant they figure out what is causeing these out breaks? I am tired of taking meds.Im tired of everytime I call the clinic they want to give me steroids.i have took so many packs that im swelled up.35 pounds worth. I called them a week ago and it was the same thing.we will call you in predisone pack.I told them,,dont waist your time,I will not take it..All it does is clear them up for a day.I want them gone for good.They have called me in Doxpin now..I dont even know If I want to take it. Anyone having these same troubles? I cry all the time.I cant work,I cant see to drive becasue of the hives on my eyes. Im so sad that I can pin point this probem.. :(

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  • wow, i can feel your pain!!!! im having the same problem just hasn't gone that far yet.. first time in my life i have ever had hives and they are annoying!!!! I took an antihistamine to stop it but never worked for me. does antihistimine work for ur hives at all???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2008
    • 06:07 AM
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  • Yeah, I feel your pain also. I thought it was because I moved to a new state and wasn't use to the different pollens and what nots but springs over now and even this morning I woke up looking like a member of fight club. I never had not one hive ever in my life, then bam, this spring came around and it hasn't stopped since. The only thing that relieves them is steroids, and you can't take those for very long. It sucks bad, trust that i know, and it's made me super depressed too. I am a receptionist and it's hard to greet people looking like a welted up freak. Good luck and let us know if you figure out some miracle relief. Ciao
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 04:47 PM
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  • I feel everybody's pain! I have had hives for 7 weeks now and they just do not want to go away. What helps you guys? I am only on Benadryl now since I only seem to get hives when I am asleep and then with a dose of Benadryl they go away throughout the day only to come back the next morning. I have taken prednisone, hydroxazine, loratadine.....and still the hives are here. I need help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • Start by finding out by yourself what you are allergic to. The biggest suspect is any food you absolutely love - you are addicted to it, and it is causing your problem, so it has to go for a while.Go on an elimination diet (google for details) and get the chemicals out of your life (clean with vinegar and bicarb only). Chances are that because you have only had hives for a short time, it will get better. Good luck!
    Dial999 6 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
    • 01:13 PM
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  • I've only had 'Hives' for about a week and they're, mostly, just on my left foot, specifically on the left side of my left foot. I'm disabled and, for most of the time, I sit in a recliner that is right beside a table that has a wireless router under it. I don't know anything about wireless but my son does. He did research on the Internet and says that I 'could' have a reaction to it, specifically, Hives.I don't know why it's just now happening and I don't think I've ever had Hives before but I'm going to a doctor appointment tomorrow and I'll let you all know what he prescribes.I've been using a creme called Aspercreme. It is for pain associated Arthritis, muscle strain, backache, etc., but I've found that it helps with itching, much like Benadryl. I dab it on, being careful not to 'rub' it in and the iching goes away for hours, as long as I don't touch them (the bumps). I am NOT saying that YOU should try it (you could be allergic to it). Just check with your doctor or a Pharmacist about it. It is an OTC so you could check it out for yourself.BTW, is anyone experiencing any paranormal activity in or around their home? That seems to be happening a lot lately too and I was just wondering if there was a connection.Stranger things have happened.Signed,Katwoman
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 09:57 PM
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  • I would definitely suspect the Aspercreme for causing your hives. Salicylate sensitivity is a well known, common trigger for hives. Although they say that the cream does not contain aspirin, it is a 'salicylate pain reliever'. It would be best to stop using it before the issue gets confused by starting antihisamines or other hives drugs. Good luck.
    Dial999 6 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 10:45 PM
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  • An Apple a Day...will keep the doctor away. They didn't say anything about Strawberries.Joe (my son), figured out what I am allergic to...strawberries in the form of a Strudel. I have one every morning. I have either strawberry or apple, but I forgot about being allergic until last night when Joe happened to remember. I can't eat strawberries. My memory gets worse everyday, it seems, but it's, directly, affecting my health now.I never really thought much about Hives until I got them. That's the way it usually goes.I went to the Dr today and he gave me a script for something similar to Benadryl (I'll get the name later. We didn't fill it yet because I have the Benadryl. The one he wrote is supposed to be very strong and since I have COPD, my respiratory system could be affected. I'm pretty sure that was the reason and we can always get it filled later if the other things don't work. I'll have to get back up with Joe and ask him to be sure. He knows.The doctor also gave me Zantac. It's a medicine that is usually given for problems that are related to the stomach. The combination of these drugs have to do with H-1 and H-2 production. I'm not sure what that means. Also, we picked up some Benadryl topical creme and generic Benadryl capsules.Now, Joe is putting ice on my feet but we can't leave it on long because of the risk of any tiny veins bursting. Next, I'm going to clean off the Aspercreme because, even though it helps to numb my feet (to help ease itching & pain), the oilyness seems to be keeping my feet from healing.Lastnight I put cornstarch on my feet and I slept straignt through the night (or morning) so, if all of Joe's home remedies don't work, I'll use it again tonight. He is trying a pototo poltice. Sounds awful but it works to draw out infection and it may help with swelling or maybe itching.At this point, I'll try almost anything. I had nausea a few minutes ago and hope I'm not allergic to the Zantac. I can't do a search because I'll end up worse off. I panic every time I read about symptoms, etc.So, that's it for now. I feel very tired, a little wierd and very itchy. These Hives could drive a person mad.
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 05:34 AM
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  • I have an update since my last post. I went to my doctor appt. and he prescribed Hydroxyzine hcl and Zantac. One has to do with H1 and the other, H2. That's all I know. Joe (my son) did research on this and he's helping me with all this.After we left the doctors office yesterday, we stopped and picked up some Benadryl capsules, Aspercreme and some Benadryl cream. BTW, I learned that you can't use Benadryl cream and Benadryl pills at the same time.When we got home, I took a Benadryl and a couple of hours later, I took Zantac. Then I put a cold compress on my feet. I didn't take the Hydroxyzine because Joe said that, after looking it up, he found that there was a major drug interaction between that and one of the medicines that I take, so I haven't taken it.We've tried all kinds of things, even a potato poltice (sounds terrible but it's an old remedy that is supposed to draw out infection). It may have helped some because Joe said he saw brown spots on the white towel after dabbing my feet.At the end of the night, nothing seemed to be helping, but, after-all, it was just the first day of treatment. However, I did discover that the Aspercreme was making the Hives worse. So I have discontinued it. (It had helped with the itching but also made the Hives worse). Maybe it was the moisture.I rinsed my feet with tepid water and, almost immediately after, my feet were looking and feeling much better. I retired for the evening. When I woke, my feet looked and felt much better. Some of the spots were gone. So, today I'm just rinsing my feet every few hours and it seems to help.That's it for now. But to recap. I'm not taking any of the meds the doctor gave me because of possible interactions (I have COPD and it's not recommended to take Benadryl). It's so important to look up any new medicines and make sure that you can take them. So, I'm just using plain water, rinsing my feet and also drinking plenty of water. My feet aren't itching much at all and some of the Hives have gone away.
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 09:07 PM
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  • I forgot to mention something about my Hives in my last post and that is, I think that the culprit could have been Strawberry Strudels. I have them everyday (sometimes apple). I had forgotten that I was allergic to strawberries, but thank goodness, Joe remembered. I have, now, discontinued them.
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Why is it that when I enter a room, everyone leaves? Well, here's my post anyway. I hope it may help someone.I had just woke for the second time today and I looked down at my feet to see if the Hives were gone. Last night there was just a few Hives left. I'd been able to do foot soaks to keep them from itchy, and thus, spreading.They seemed to be all but healed now. I got up and decided to have a struedel. Not a strawberry one though. That was, possibly, the reason for getting the Hives.After I finished the apple strudel, I looked down at my feet and I noticed, what looked like, a few more whelps. I debated on whether to wake Joe, but I needed to know what he thought. Was the rash coming back? So, I woke him and began talking about the Hives. Of course, I had just woke him from sleep so his eyes weren't even focused yet. But after a few minutes, he began to examine my feet with me. As we were looking at the red spots, out of nowhere, were these tiny white specks. They were on my legs. Then, I noticed them on my hands and then all the way up my arms. Joe said that it was just dry skin. I knew that I did have dry skin but never like this. I'd never had little white specks like this. All I could think of was the stories I had read on the Internet where people had Hives all over their bodies and how their eyes had swollen. Some wrote about their tongue swelling too.Meanwhile, the red bumps seemed to be getting worse. I began to panic and Joe stuck to his guns about the dry skin :rolleyes:. He scratched off a tiny white bump and as a little tiny piece of skin fell off, he said 'See, that's all it is'. But, then he paused and wasn't saying anything. In the middle of the white skin was a brown speck. It really looked like a scab :confused:. At that point, he said 'Go get the Benadryl. I rushed to the kitchen where there was a single pill in a little cup on the counter, grabbed it and took it as quickly as I could. By the time I got back to my room and sat in my recliner, the white specks seemed to disappear. Then, the red rash followed. They were gone just as fast as they came.At that point, I shouted 'There must be a Karma!' ;)So, for now, we have stopped the process from starting. Then Joe brought me another pill called Zantac. Yeah, it's a stomach pill, but for some reason, it works for Hives.So I sit and wait and in no way am I ever having any kind of strudel again. Joe looked at the strudel box and saw that the first ingredient was wheat four. I am allergic to wheat, in some products. That may have been the culprit and not the strawberries, as thought. :o
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 07:01 PM
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  • update: I am pretty sure that the reason for my Hives id Glycerin. I noticed that some clothes and sheets, etc. were making them worse and we also checked the ingredients in the toaster strudels and there is Glycerin in them and it is the 3rd inactive ingredient in Aspercreme, which had been helping with the itching but seem to make the Hives worse.
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
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  • No matter what i do these hives just will not go away!i have had them for about 6 weeks. ive tryed everything and im sick of taking cold showers every morning. everytime it looks like they are clearing up and i think they'r gone for good, they juscome back even worse.WHAT SHOULD I DO.
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  • Hives777,I wish I knew what to tell you. It seems like it's different for everyone. Knock on wood, I haven't been bothered with Hives for a while but when I was bothered, I thought it was because of Glycerin, then strawberries, a lack of water, internally and externally...so many things, but it turned out, through elimination, to be a medicine called Spiriva. If I'm not mistaken, Hives is listed as one of the side effects.Through all my research, I discovered that it's usually an allergy to something and it's just a process of elimination.How long ago was it that this started? Say, for example, say it was 2 weeks ago... In that case, think back 2 weeks and try to figure out what was new, like medication, foods, lotions, detergents, soap, a pet, etc.Have you moved? New boyfriend, girlfriend, anything, even if it seems ridiculous.You could, actually, go back more than 2 weeks, especially if you are on a new medicine.Also, do you keep a journal? I write everyday. I have been having trouble breathing lately, have had nausea (mostly in A.M.), sleeping changes. I changed my diet and eliminated 2 things that I thought might be the problems, 'wheat and dairy'. Now, I feel so much better. Of course, I'd have to eliminate one of those to really know, but for now, I'm doing so well and I'm drinking Soy milk, I may just keep it this way.Just for a matter of record, I write down other things such as whether I exercised. Did I have a BM? How often did I go #1? I guess that's one thing good about being disabled. I have the time to write all this stuff down.But, whatever your lifestyle, just do what you can until you figure it out.Let me know how it goes and maybe, if you have positive (or negative) results, we can share it with others.:)Good luck to you.:)katwoman
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  • i never had hives in my life untill april i start get them i go to the er they gave me a short then send me back home give me medic but soon the medic done the hives come back they come every other day i have to see allergic doctor but i dont know why i keep broken out with them this my first time get them
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  • I have been writing a blog chronicling my journey with chronic hives, I am sharing all that I am trying - if you would like to read and see what I try out, check it out at http://hivegotsomething.wordpress.com/.
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  • I just registered so I can tell everyone my experience in hopes that it might help someone. Other than poison ivy, I have never been allergic to anything. There is no history of allergies in my family on either parent's side. Five years or so ago, I started breaking out in hives. I didn't even know what they were. Nothing had ever bothered me, no food, no medicine, nothing. I have spoken with 4 doctors, including an allergist, and the best they could come up with was to take cetirizine, which did help, but everyday I would break out. Pressure on my skin and hot water would bring them on. I tried changing soap, detergent, giving up milk, anything I could think of. I had resigned myself to having to live with hives for the rest of my life. One day my daughter asked me if I knew that aspartame could cause hives. I was consuming aspartame everyday in Diet Dr. Peppers. I thought it was worth a try. I gave up my Dr. Pepper and my hives have virtually disappeared. Occasionally I wake up with a few that look like little measles. I used to wake up with my legs covered in hives. I still take about a half tablet of cetirizine each day just to be safe. I can't say they have completely disappeared, but they are much less of a problem.
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  • [ I have had this problem for years now. I stopped taking three meds, lisinipirl, lipitor and estradiol. They seemed better but would not go totally away. I finally asked my doctor for something. He gave me prednisone. Just a short dose, and walaa, they are gone. Try prednisone, it works.
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