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please help! allergy or wierd virus?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 28, 2007
  • 09:11 PM

My mom has been having strange episodes of hives and fatigue for over a year. She seems to think that it is a sulfite allergy but it just doesn't feel right to me.
About a year ago she was out in the garden and she felt something crawl up her pant leg. Thinking it was an ant she just smacked at her leg to brush it away but then realized that something was stinging her. She was stung 2 or 3 times in the leg by a bee (we live in B.C., Canada so there is nothing very poisonous to be worried about). The area where she was stung turned into a giant white welt and about half of her thigh became red and swollen. This lasted for about 3 or 4 days before it was mostly healed.
Three weeks later she started getting welts all over her body. Her feet had hives that had turned into lumps so massive that she couldn't even stand up, her hands were so swollen that she could not make a fist, her face was almost unrecognizable, and then her throat started swelling shut. I ended up rushing her to the emergency room at 3 in the morning. They took about 5 vials of blood, said that it was a virus or allergic reaction (He did not seem to care about the bee stings) and sent her out the door with pregnazone and benadryl.
The Hives were persistant for about 2 months leaving her completly bedriden on bad days, or napping 2 or 3 times on the sofa on good days. She changed her diet and things seemed to get better but she still has episodes of hives that cannot be explained by what she's eating. The allergist has ruled out all allergies and the doctor says they have ruled out all viruses as well as celiac and crone's but something is very obviously wrong! Has anyone out there heard of this before?
She thinks that it is a sulfite or gluten allergy because she can't eat most canned foods, wheat products make her fall asleep and freezies of all things give her massive lumps on her hands and feet.
I think that she is wrong because she is able to drink wine, eat pasta, potatos, and flour tortillas among other things without having any reaction at all.

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  • Can foods contain Nickle. Nickle is also in bananas, makeup and brown leather. I am allergic to Nickle and have stomach, headaches and rashes appear on me. Did the allergist test for allergies to metals like nickle? Look up nickle allergies on the net, it really helped me out.
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  • Please find a NAET practitioner to help her with this. Sounds like the original bee episode has triggered an autoimmune response? Visit www.naet.com and look to see if there is a practitioner in BC. This is an amazing treatment and can't recommend it highly enough. Best wishesDOM
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  • Are there any other types of alternative therapy that work? Does it have to be NEAT?
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  • Both of my brothers and mother have sulfite allergies. They cannot drink wine, period. Makes their face, neck, hands and arms very red and splotchy. Also makes them dizzy with other symptoms. I doubt your mom could drink wine without any symptoms if was sulfite allergy.
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  • That's what I keep telling her. That said we are very quickly running out of possibilities. Does anyone out there know more about cronic hives? Can it be brought on by certain foods? Or is cronic hives just a diagnosis for "we don't know what is causing it"? Has anyone else ever noticed severe fatigue at the onset of their hives?
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  • I had hives for about a year and a half ten years ago. I am having at this time another episode of it at this time. It has been going on for over two months now. I have not seen a Dr at this point. Ten years ago, I saw a dermatologist all through that time. The hives were mostly on my legs for most of the time, and then near the end it was around my waist. It never got on my face or neck or arms. I have such sensitive skin, that a ant bite will just drive me insane with itching, and I will have a very large red swollen place. Do you have red ants there? They are very bad with some people. I had a cortazone shot, and I was on about three different meds, and different creams. I also had two biopsies on my legs. My meds were changed from time to time. I could not drink wine as it would just make me so miserable with itching and clawing my legs. The cortozone made me blow up like a ballon and I felt so lathargic with all the meds I was taking. I felt so tired and did not have any energy. Finally, after about a year, I keep telling the Dr. several times that I was allergic to jewelery with nickle, he decided to give me several patch test on my back. I was 4 plus on the nickle test. I had been having some trouble with my teeth just breaking off for no known reason. I asked the Dr. if it could be my caps in my mouth causing the itching and he said that he felt it might be the reason. In the meantime, I had a yeast infection and was taking med. for that and shortly after this I had all of my caps replaced with a mixture that is not suppose to have nickle in the base of the crown. In about three to four weeks all of my hives were completely gone. I always said that it was the crowns that made it go away. The hives have returned. My husband and I are reading all labels, and trying to elimanate things that I have used new. We think maybe a old filling might be cracked and leaking nickle into my system again. Just last week when I went to the frig door to get ice, I noticed some grey looking stuff near where the glass sits when you dispense ice. Before when I have lifted the ice container out of the back of the door to throw away old ice, I noticed that the metal gears that crush the ice is a soft metal as shavings were around near the blades. I of course cleaned it and did not give it anymore thought. After seeing this last week, I am thinking that the shaving are going into my glass and maybe this is where I am getting nickle. So, now I get ice from the container inside the door. IT seems in this last week, my hives are doing some better. I am also wondering if it is a yeast thing now. I know how hives can make one feel so I hope your mother can rule out things and keep faith that she will find the solution. My thoughts are with her. I use lots of ice on my legs to stop the itching. I hope some of what I have said might prompt a thought that could be the culprit. Judy
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  • xwpmnqHi, did she ever get better? I have had hives now for 2 months. After a thorough evaluation, the allergist said I have some sort of autoimmune response because I respond to prednisone, which i have been on for 6 weeks. The hives were everywhere. Any information would be appreciated.Thank you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 11:33 PM
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  • Does your mom use any cardiac or blood pressure drugs? Also, does she carry an Epi-Pen wherever she goes?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 11:05 AM
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  • Two thoughts. I just read an article in my local newspaper-- I live in New England, in the US and we "dont have anything poisonous around here" too. As it turns out, someone here was "stung" too & didn't see the critter. It turned out to be a rattlesnake bite. So never say never. It's possible the sting has sensitized your mom to new allergens.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 00:10 PM
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  • My mom has been having strange episodes of hives and fatigue for over a year. She seems to think that it is a sulfite allergy but it just doesn't feel right to me.About a year ago she was out in the garden and she felt something crawl up her pant leg. Thinking it was an ant she just smacked at her leg to brush it away but then realized that something was stinging her. She was stung 2 or 3 times in the leg by a bee (we live in B.C., Canada so there is nothing very poisonous to be worried about). The area where she was stung turned into a giant white welt and about half of her thigh became red and swollen. This lasted for about 3 or 4 days before it was mostly healed. Three weeks later she started getting welts all over her body. Her feet had hives that had turned into lumps so massive that she couldn't even stand up, her hands were so swollen that she could not make a fist, her face was almost unrecognizable, and then her throat started swelling shut. I ended up rushing her to the emergency room at 3 in the morning. They took about 5 vials of blood, said that it was a virus or allergic reaction (He did not seem to care about the bee stings) and sent her out the door with pregnazone and benadryl. The Hives were persistant for about 2 months leaving her completly bedriden on bad days, or napping 2 or 3 times on the sofa on good days. She changed her diet and things seemed to get better but she still has episodes of hives that cannot be explained by what she's eating. The allergist has ruled out all allergies and the doctor says they have ruled out all viruses as well as celiac and crone's but something is very obviously wrong! Has anyone out there heard of this before? She thinks that it is a sulfite or gluten allergy because she can't eat most canned foods, wheat products make her fall asleep and freezies of all things give her massive lumps on her hands and feet. I think that she is wrong because she is able to drink wine, eat pasta, potatos, and flour tortillas among other things without having any reaction at all.my daughter gets hives sometimes when she gets sick and her doctor said it is because her immune system is over worked. It could have been the same with your mother. If she was taking meds that she was allergic to and she was stung by bees plus she was sick her immune system may not have been able to handle it. In the older and younger population the immune system is easily compromised. I hope you find an answer soon!
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