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Long Term Hives...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 14, 2011
  • 09:53 PM

Hello! I have been suffering from hives which appear on/off all year for the last 6 years. It started with hives on the back of my thighs and I was sent to a dermatologist - who asked all the usual questions -- but nothing had changed. I was prescribed cream and sent on my way. Progressively over time the hives have gotten worse, it now starts that my ears go red and swell then the hives start and are mainly on my legs/arms and head - occasionally going to my face. There is no regular time they appear or length that they last. Sometimes they are far worse and lead to trouble breathing. I have been on/off prednisone for 3-4 years and have been to see an allergist for the past 2 years who is now testing different 'drug' therapies. The allergist started taking all the regular tests, I watched everything - diet, etc. and nothing changed. Finally he has stated that he thinks it's an auto-immune disease - something very rare but doesn't know of what kind...and that he is just trying to medicate it with the least harmful drugs (not prednisone). I am frustrated and hate that I am itchy and have to carry drugs and my epi-pen with me all the time. I am afraid it will get worse.... I have no weight loss - only gain - which I think is due to the prednisone....

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  • I know that mastocytosis patients can get a lot of hives and bad allergy reactions, too many mast cells building up in places and being a rare illness it isnt a well known one. Maybe get yourself checked/tested for that (as the allergies can become life threatening.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am on a very cleansing diet, and some of the detox symptoms are rashes and zits on my abdomen. As my liver gets stronger, it is expected show as beautiful skin. Many people don't see the connection between a taxed liver and skin. But people who really focus on nutrition have gorgeous skin. No doubt about it!
    PamelaViktoria 2 Replies Flag this Response
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