starting December '08, I've been getting hives. it started off around the hips and lower back. I thought it was nothing...thought they were mosquito bites until I realized that it's like -3 DEGREES OUTSIDE... (winter weather in Chicago is harsh...)
I'd go on with my routine...wake up, realize there are bumps on me, go and shower...and then I'd come out with hives behind my knees. soooo itchy....
progressively every day, it would get worse. and I noticed that when I'd cry, I'd get hives on my scalp and hairline and it'll spread to my face. ohhh so ugly.
my dad suggested that I take Benedryl. worked like a charm! but I felt soooooo fatigued throughout the day. pops decided to make an appointment for me.
went to doctor. got hella blood tests done...HELLA.
all the doctor did was prescribe Claritin for AM and Benedryl for PM. now, I'm just wondering -- is it even good for the body to take allergy medicine 24/7 for forever? because... I don't see how else to get these hives away. and I'm starting to get really dependent upon Benedryl to fall asleep at night, and I'm really starting to get worried because I don't even feel sleepy when I take Benedryl anymore.