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Hives and swelling in my hands. Please help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 28, 2008
  • 04:21 PM

I periodically experience a swelling of my hands, accompanied by a burning and itching that lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. I sometimes, but not always, get large "half dollar" size hives as well. It is most pronounced between my fingers, at the base as well as the pad below my thumbs.

Days, and even weeks, go by between occurances.

I've tried to determine if I am eating anything to cause an allergic reaction, what soaps and detergents I'm using, any possible medicine interactions, etc. but haven't had any luck.


My GP hasn't offered much in the way of explanation or treatment, other than to take benedryl to relieve the symptoms.

My question is 3 fold:

Has anyone else experienced anything similar?

Does anyone have any recommended treatment to reduce the swelling, burning and itching?

Should I see a dermatologist or an allergist as my next step?

Thanks to everyone for whatever help or suggestions you may have.

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  • Sometimes I will experience hives on my hands just from dust, or from touching certain plants. Have you been doing any gardening or cleaning the basement? I only have a skin reaction, no other allergy symptoms, and it will come on later in the day so it took me awhile to figure what it was from. I apologize because this answer is probably not that helpful.
    windy city girl 2 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 06:03 PM
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  • How about an allergy patch-skin test..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 06:41 PM
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  • I periodically experience a swelling of my hands, accompanied by a burning and itching that lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. I sometimes, but not always, get large "half dollar" size hives as well. It is most pronounced between my fingers, at the base as well as the pad below my thumbs. Days, and even weeks, go by between occurances. I've tried to determine if I am eating anything to cause an allergic reaction, what soaps and detergents I'm using, any possible medicine interactions, etc. but haven't had any luck. My GP hasn't offered much in the way of explanation or treatment, other than to take benedryl to relieve the symptoms. . . . Has anyone else experienced anything similar?Have you come across anything since you posted this last year? My husband is experiencing this right now. It began at the end of July, and it's just about a daily occurrence. Sometimes it gets so bad he can't write with a pen, type on the computer, or read a book. He has seen an allergist but so far no diagnosis. His blood tests don't show anything odd. He does have sensitive skin and is allergic to dust mites, pollen, grass and such, but he has been for 15 years. This burning, swelling hive issue with his hands and feet is new. He was put on steroids for 5 days, which got rid of it, but as soon as he went off of it, it came back. If you've gotten any leads, I'd really appreciate some input. Thank you.j*m*e*c*1*2*@*y*a*h*o*o*.*c*o*m
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2009
    • 07:54 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with a disease that shows all of those symptoms. I had huge hives that burned and itched like crazy and my hands, feet, and lips would swell up. My doctor finally concluded after having my blood taken three times and an allergy test that I had this disease. I'm not sure of the exact name but my doctor told me the short term was Idiot (the O is pronounced like in otter). The cells in my body were constantly fighting eachother, causing an illergic reaction to myself. I've had it for over 9 years and it has gotten much better. I don't get the extreme hives that I used to, now it's just skin irritation every once in a while. They gave me a perscription for Zyrtec and it cleared it right up but now I don't even need the perscription. I hope this helped in some way, shape, or form.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
    • 07:27 PM
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  • I periodically experience a swelling of my hands, accompanied by a burning and itching that lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. I sometimes, but not always, get large "half dollar" size hives as well. It is most pronounced between my fingers, at the base as well as the pad below my thumbs. Days, and even weeks, go by between occurances. I've tried to determine if I am eating anything to cause an allergic reaction, what soaps and detergents I'm using, any possible medicine interactions, etc. but haven't had any luck. My GP hasn't offered much in the way of explanation or treatment, other than to take benedryl to relieve the symptoms. My question is 3 fold: Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Does anyone have any recommended treatment to reduce the swelling, burning and itching? Should I see a dermatologist or an allergist as my next step? Thanks to everyone for whatever help or suggestions you may have.i have the exact same thing!!! i thought i was having some kind of allergic reaction.the first time(7months ago) and while on a work visa in holland i noticed some blotches on my skin.. they swelled and some up to a half dollar..on the back of my head, my hips, behind the knee and the worst of it..on my hands.. the itching was so bad that i lost a whole nights sleep. my hands swelled and it was hard to close themi went to the doctor the next day because i could not work ( i a tattoo artist)the doctor didnt know what it was so he prescribed me a form of Clariton..he called them allergy pills. he gave me a cream that had some anesthetic properties..i for the past 7 months still didnt know what it is..that is till three days ago..it started again.. and this time.. its a bit worse..i searched and searched the internet and found out what i have.. Hivesyippy yay!!! isnt this fun.the stores are closed and all i want is antihistimines this bums me out bad because i rely on my hands for work. i have had to cancel my appointments that have been booked a year in advance..to the doctor again tomorrow!!!
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  • I have experienced this myself. My hands get itchy and then hives develop. At the same time my hands seem to swell. The symptoms are relatively short lived lasting around a half hour each time. I have attributed this to high blood sugar. I find that when my sugar gets high my hands break out. I am not sure if anyone else has tested their blood sugar at all but i find that to be true for me. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 06:23 PM
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  • That happens to me when I touch something dusty in a store or at home. For me it usually is only one hand at a time. I put ice on it and it felt loads better!
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  • I'm having this right now! Fingers on both hands swollen and tingly, hives on my arms and legs. Did anyone ever figure out their trigger? I'm reading online that hives are really common and usually go away within a few hours and you never know what causes them. This is all a shock to me - I've never in my life broken out in hives and neither has anyone else in my family
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  • I've been dealing with this for 20 years. My hives start on my head, spread to my back , and then my hands. The VA has me on busporine and citalopran. It helps usually but the side affects suck. They call it neurosis. If all the allergy tests fail and you haven't changed soap, laundry det., etc., I would look to the mind and stressors. Good luck.
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  • I've been experiencing hives for the past 4 or 5 years. I have been to my doctor about this but of course they want want me to narrow down the cause. I've thought I had it pegged a few times but found out otherwise. During the last weekend I had my fathers van and went camping and the hives on my hands were unbearable. I thought maybe it was the steering wheel of the van. The van is old and the steering wheel seems to be some kind of plastic or rubber and I thought maybe the components were breaking down and causing me to have a reaction. I dropped the van off and the symptoms seemed to disappear until this weekend. I started baking yesterday and by the end of the day my hands had flared up all over again. I kept washing my hands but it didn't help. Today they are still swollen and itchy and I've taken antihistimines and used benedryl cream for the itch. NOT HELPING. Could there be a problem with rubber and plastics? I used plastic and rubber tools while baking. OMG I still need to finish many layers of a cake and need to decorate yet, but I don't dare use rubber gloves either. I seriously need some help because the itch, swelling and hives are driving me crazy. Whatever I'm touching does transfer to other areas such as my face and head and anywhere else I touch if I haven't washed my hands.Anyone that can give me advice or diagnosis would be appreciated!Dawn
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  • I've been experiencing hives for the past 4 or 5 years. I have been to my doctor about this but of course they want want me to narrow down the cause. I've thought I had it pegged a few times but found out otherwise. During the last weekend I had my fathers van and went camping and the hives on my hands were unbearable. I thought maybe it was the steering wheel of the van. The van is old and the steering wheel seems to be some kind of plastic or rubber and I thought maybe the components were breaking down and causing me to have a reaction. I dropped the van off and the symptoms seemed to disappear until this weekend. I started baking yesterday and by the end of the day my hands had flared up all over again. I kept washing my hands but it didn't help. Today they are still swollen and itchy and I've taken antihistimines and used benedryl cream for the itch. NOT HELPING. Could there be a problem with rubber and plastics? I used plastic and rubber tools while baking. OMG I still need to finish many layers of a cake and need to decorate yet, but I don't dare use rubber gloves either. I seriously need some help because the itch, swelling and hives are driving me crazy. Whatever I'm touching does transfer to other areas such as my face and head and anywhere else I touch if I haven't washed my hands.Anyone that can give me advice or diagnosis would be appreciated!DawnThink I can help you Dawn. My saga began 9 days ago - out of nowhere erupted with horrible hives with the most severe itching and burning in hands, feet and tops of arms I've ever felt. It went to my face, tongue and lips the second day so I went to clinic (steroids and Atarax given) and then my allergist, who gave me a prescription for an epipen and Zantac, I came home and settled into a routine of benadryl and Zantac every 4 hours with the Atarax at night. I hate steroids and will have to be going into ann. shock to use them. Well, was doing better then flared hugely yesterday, despite all meds. This morning found a web article that says that a sudden onset of hives is usually caused by a viral infection and they will subside when it resolves itself. HOWEVER, if the hives linger, it is likely caused by a bacterial infection such as sinusitis or bacteria in the intestines. I always keep a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal supplement in the house called Monolaurin so I took a capsule. Within 2 hours, the symptoms began to subside. I have taken one every 3 hours all day and I'm sitting here with very little burning or itching left. The reason I flared yesterday: sugar, way too much sugar the last 2 days which feeds bacterial, viral and fungal infections. I know I have a huge problem with candida albicans but I never thot it could do this so I'm staying on the Monolaurin and off sugar. One more thing: I have NO side effects from Monolaurin. I have tried every product on the market for candida albicans infection and the die-off side effects were so bad I quit them. Monolaurin is amazing and I usually only take it daily when flu season starts but I'm just going to stay on it since this hive and burning episode has scared me so bad.Here is an excerpt from www.smartnutrition.com about it: Lauric acid was first discovered as the main antiviral and antibacterial substance in human breast milk. It is a medium chain, saturated fatty acid that is also found in coconut products. Monolaurin is the glycerol ester of lauric acid and is more biologically active than lauric acid. Monolaurin has been shown to be active against influenza virus, pneumovirus, paramyxovirus (Newcastle), morbillivirus (rubeola), coronavirus (avian infectious, bronchitis virus), herpes simplex I & II, CMV, EBV, and HIV. Monolaurin disrupts the lipid bilayer of the virus preventing attachment to susceptible host cells. It binds to the lipid-protein envelope of the virus and inactivates the virus. Monolaurin inhibits the replication of viruses by interrupting the binding of virus to host cells and prevents uncoating of viruses necessary for replication and infection. Monolaurin can remove all measurable infectivity by directly disintegrating the viral envelope. Monolaurin binding to the viral envelope makes a virus more susceptible to host defenses. Monolaurin is effective against yeast and fungi, staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus agalactiae, chlamydia trachomatis, candida albicans, giardia lamblia, ringworm, H. pylori and gonorrhea. Monolaurin is non-toxic and listed in GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) as a food emulsifier. A therapeutic dose of monolaurin is generally 1800 mg to 2400 mg per day.Dawn, I hope this helps you and other posters here. My heart goes out to you; I've had 9 days of this misery and you've had years, I can't imagine how horrible it's been. I'll say a prayer for you too. Best wishes everyone and if the Monolaurin works for you, spread the word about this remarkable supplement. Sharon
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  • I have had similar in the last 4 weeks..it started as itching of the hands, then progressed to swelling, hives, itchy spots, lumps on my head and the inability to swallow, thus 3 trips to emergency in 8 days...nobody can help me apparently I am having an ellergic reaction to something here take these steroids and go see an allergist...Easy right! Wrong!!...I have to wait 3 months to get in and they are now assessing to see if I might need and earlier appointment!.....in the meantime I cannot sto
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  • I just started to get hives just from my laundry soap how did i found out? after taken the pill the doctor told me to take i went to take out my blankets out of the dryer and put it over my right shoulder after putting them back in the dryer because they were still wet after about 2 minutes my hands turn red and they started to burn and my right should broke out in hives.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 27, 2014
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  • Thanksgiving night, my feet started to hurt a few toes puffy red itchy. Now it gets so bad I can't walk. My ankles too. Got one on the inside of my arm as big as a baseball. Amother on my neck looked like a goiter. Biopsy showed high # of eosinophils
    Was on steroids 5 mos. Lept all the symptoms away on 40 mg. Comes right back as soon as I come off steroids. Everything tests normal. The itching is nonstop, but the pain is far worse. Limbs feel heavy. When they finally go away it leaves scars. Does anyone else experience this type of pain and scarring?
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