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Swelling & itching

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 8, 2006
  • 10:10 PM

I have had some very strange symptoms. First, my face and lips were swollen only on the left side of my face, very red and itchy but no bumps or raised areas. It was gone in about two days. Afterward, I had the same symptoms in my right hand: swollen, red, itchy palm and it "moved" across my palm. Again, it disappeared in about 48 hours. "It" next showed up on the opposite wrist; same symptoms and duration. Next, I developed the itchy-swelly (for lack of a better name) on my ring finger only for the same 48 hours or so, and most recently it has developed where I sit. I wish I were joking.
I'm not on any meds except vitamins (which I take hit-or-miss), calcium (daily). I was taking a hoodia supplement but have abstained from taking anything else while this is going on.
The only change in routine has been to bring my plants inside. I suspected an allergic reaction of sorts, but it does not respond to antihistamines and topical ointments don't help much either.
Any ideas? I am concerned about where it will turn up next.
I was quite healthy until hitting the big 50 this year!

Thanks,
GeekLady

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  • I asked the dentist and a nurse about it - no one seems familiar with these symptoms. Anyone have any suggestions?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 05:50 PM
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  • I asked the dentist and a nurse about it - no one seems familiar with these symptoms. Anyone have any suggestions?sounds like hives i have them i take zyrtec and it work about 80% of the timeif you get swelling and itching around your mouth or toungue go to the hospitalbecause this could be a bad allergic reaction to something .i wish that i could tell you how to stop it but the hive once it starts will run its course you can help it along by putting ice on it to reduce the swelling but it will still itch and swell good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 00:32 AM
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  • sounds like hives i have them i take zyrtec and it work about 80% of the timeif you get swelling and itching around your mouth or toungue go to the hospitalbecause this could be a bad allergic reaction to something .i wish that i could tell you how to stop it but the hive once it starts will run its course you can help it along by putting ice on it to reduce the swelling but it will still itch and swell good luckafter reading the symtoms again im almost positive that it is hives it sounds just like mine
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 00:36 AM
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  • I had these symptoms intermittently for about ten years. (between the age of 16 and 26) I used to call them my lumps. The gradually went away and never returned. they defied any proper diagnosis except a consensus that they were allergic in their origin. I would advise you search for a food allergy or contact allergy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 04:07 AM
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  • I will sometimes have a small round spot about the size of a quarter in the center of my right palm that itches and swells. It will go away after a few hours. This happens for no reason that I know of. I haven't been able to discover the cause. Thanks, Don
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 02:43 PM
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  • I believe you are suffering specifically from angioedema hives. Its a type of hive..where only specific areas swell up. My sister n law had it..it lasted for a year. I know she took benadryl. Myself, on the other hand, suffering from chronic hives...see my thread (hoping-chronic hives) good luck!!!!
    hoping 6 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 05:09 AM
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  • What kinds of things are you allergic to?And what allergen do you think you had contact with?:(
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 01:52 AM
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  • Geek Lady, This is the exact description of what I've been suffering from. I've been to a ton of doctors and allergists and they really have no clue what is going on. Online searches yielded hereditary angiodema as a possibility. There is a simple blood test for this. I tested negative for this, but by trying to find a physician who knew anything about it, I have found the best answers to my condition to date. My doctor believes that this condition is from what he calls an immune system with an itchy trigger finger...It'll often show up in places where the body is irritated or there is direct pressure, such as your ring finger or waistband, or from sitting on your **m. Higher stress levels certainly make things worse. It's extremely frustrating, especially when it disappears for months at a time (you think you're cured) and then returns. Feel free to drop me a line, I'd love to hear what you find out. funkyhives@gmail.com
    funkyhives 1 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
    • 02:22 AM
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  • I've been with hives for over 4 years already! :-( 24/7, 365 days of the year! I take zyrtec every night. If a miss a dose I get the swelling and itching in any part of my body. I have seen tons of doctors and specialists and the only answer they have given me is "keep taking zyrtec", "you have ideopathic allergy" which means it's unknown. I can't live with this. I refuse to take zyrtec for the rest of my life. I don't think any long term medication is good for your health, besides it's costly.Please, any advice? Did anyone find a cure? The ice, lose clothing, prednisone, nothing works, except zyrtec.I have tested negative to any possible thing it could cause my allegy. No foods, no animals, nothing, zero. I'm so discouraged. No one in my family suffers from something like this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 00:20 AM
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  • Have any of your doctors ever referred you to see a top specialist in the field at a nearby teaching hospital or medical center/university? Sometimes you have to wait 2-3 months to get an appointment.
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 03:39 AM
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  • I have EXACTLY this same condition. I need to try Zyrtec. I've been taking Claritin but it doesnt work anymore.
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  • I have some ideas. I'm trying to narrow the root cause and I simply can't so far. I thought if we all shared backgrounds a bit it might shed light on a potential root cause. Im 46, dont drink or smoke, exercise at least 1 hour a day. I have marginal blood/sugar at 100 after fasting for 12 hours. Almost type 2 I'd day. Poor diet but getting better fast (to deal with this). Home is clean and vacuumed often with hepa vacuum. Rest of family does not have problems like this. Cat and Dog. Cleaned garage yesterday, dusty, and had worst night ever last night. Feet never itch only hands and welts or rashes on backside and legs primarily. Hands including palms are the worst. Claritin helps.Do any of you have diabetes(type 2) or high blood sugar?Thanks, Bob.
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  • I've had the same symptoms. The first time it happened, it covered my entire forearm. Then it was my palm. It's been on the bottom of my feet making it very hard to walk, my toes, my butt, my pinkie, my middle finger, and half of my tongue. It started around the beginning of November and has happened about once a week since then. The dr. hasn't been able to tell me what it is. Basically the same as someone else said, it's an unknown allergy. I have a referral to see an allergist, but am wondering if that will do any good. I've been taking claritin and benedryl, but they don't really help. It basically just has to run it's course. If I don't scratch, it doesn't seem to swell as badly, but sometimes I don't realize I've scratched too much until it is too late.I'm wondering if this has anything to do with stress. I didn't think so at first, but can't seem to think it has to do with anything else. My mother has a friend who does this same thing, except it is always in the same spot that she gets itchy and swollen. I'm going to start making a log about what is going on when I get this.If anyone finds a reason for it, I would LOVE to have an answer. I can deal with it, but don't want to. It's itchy, hot, and painful. I hate to say it, but it is such a relief to know that I'm not the only one with these wierd symptoms.Christine
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  • I've not found seeing an Allergist at all helpful with my rare allergic reactions. I end up telling them everything I've read about it on the internet and that's a lot more than they usually know. :rolleyes:
    AshleyHH 45 Replies Flag this Response
  • since you moved your plants...you might have a plant allergy...check out DermnetNZ...alstroemeria+angioedema/uticaria...also see my thread "systemic sporotrichois"...used to get weals on my butt from wiping/drying wet hands on the back of my jeans which would soak through to my tush...females can also get allergic vulvitis...ouch...Benedryl and prescription strength hydrocotizone for the immediate itching...
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  • Here's where I'm heading with my itching. I have two things happening at once I think. First, I'm borderline type 2 diabetic. The itchy palms are from that. Essentially first stages of neuropathy... All other itching and hives are from borrowing wife's miconazole cream to clear up some itching a couple of months ago. Hives started about the same time. After each use I'm remembering now that the hives woud happen. I stopped so we'll see.My advice - Check if use of these types of ointments are causing you problems. Also check if you have high blood sugar. I think there is a link between high blood sugar and allergies.
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  • I apologize, I had a mis-spell...angioedema is a sub symptom of urticaria...not uticaria...spent several hours this a.m. on my own allergic reaction stuff...not a "misdiagnosis" per say but a "definition" fault...search "airborne contact dermatitis"...freaking epiphany...
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  • HI I have a swelling in my leg finger .I havea itching also.I doono what to do help pl
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  • You could start by learning to spell...:eek:
    AshleyHH 45 Replies Flag this Response
  • I painted my kitchen a week ago and this weird reaction thing started. I attributed it to the paint, but it may not be that at all. The first night my hands hurt and itched horribly. The second day of painting my hands still hurt. I took a benedryl. A few days later I had an extremely painful itchy rash on my knee. Next day it was on my wrist and hand. Yesterday my palms started itching like crazy. Last night I noticed my heel was swollen (quite largely) and another on the top of my other foot. I went to the ER. They barely checked me said it was an allergic reaction and gave me a steriod. Today I found another bump on the side of my foot. I have marks on my knees, elbows and wrists from the rash/itching. Is is possible to have this bad of a reaction to paint?
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