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Hives

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  • Posted By: sap920
  • June 16, 2009
  • 11:57 PM

I saw a thread on this topic from 2007 but it never had any clear answers so I'll try again now in 2009! :)

About 5 months ago I had a serious allergic reaction...huge itchy hives all over my body, ears swollen, lips swollen. I was put on a steroid and the doc said it probably would happen again.

To make a long story short, it's happened numerous more times, with the same reaction but often times my hands and feet are swelling as well. When I am having one of these reactions it's the most uncomfortable thing I've ever experienced.

I saw an allergist, and he did skin testing and blood testing and couldn't figure it out. He put me on Allegra which controls the symptoms some of the time. I went back to him b/c I've continually had these reactions and instead of trying to find the trigger wanted to change my meds.

I went to a new allergist and he is also at a loss. Anyone with a similar situation and something that solved it?

I have monitored foods, lotions/soaps, plants/animals, and can NOT put a finger on it.

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  • A possible reason why your allergists cannot find out why you have hives is because not all hives are due to allergies. There are a number of different types of urticarias (urticaria is the technical term for hives). You might have a case of "physical urticaria", or any number of other types of urticarias. You should do a search and read up on all the other types of urticarias. Perhaps one of these will ring a bell.....
    Caladan 87 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just wanted to share my experiences with you and possibly help w/ finding a cause of hives.In November, I started experiencing chest pains and a week later, I started getting hives. I saw my doctor who initially diagnosed me with "stress and anxiety" and later diagnosed me with "allergies". The chest pain continued so I went back to the doctor and she referred me to a cardiologist. After an ECG, EKG, and stress test, there were no findings as to the possible cause.It's now been 7 months that I've had hives and situation's getting worse. I've been taking Benedryl to help with the itch but it doesn't always work. Sometimes my hives are so bad, I want to scream. First the hives started on my arms and legs, sometimes my eyes, sometimes my lips. Now it's on my torso, feet, and hands as well.I've seen an allergist and did testing. Results revealed that I wasn't allergic to anything. I was then referred to a hematologist who did a first set of blood tests and later called me back for a second testing. Those results showed that I had elevated levels of antibodies. He said that a lot of ppl suffered from hives and 90% of the time, it's never figured out why. He also said "deal with it". The hematologist then referred me to a dermatologist (who was no help at all). She told me to take Reactin at night until I was 2-3 weeks completely clear. Useless. I still have hives. During all this, I was also prescribed 5 pills for Prednisone. These didn't help either. I was still breaking out. The pharmacist was surprised. Said it shouldn't be happening and for me to check with my doctor.I've also seen a naturopath who was unable to help me. She was "stumped" but at least she didn't look at me like I was crazy and making things up.I tried everything. I washed my clothes separately with a non-chemical, non-harsh detergent w/ no fragrance. I stopped using creams for a while. I stopped using soap and bathed w/ water only. None of these eliminations helped.I was not satisfied with the stress and allergy diagnosis. I thought it was a cop out for doctors who didn't know how to help. I had a gut feeling something was wrong internally. One day, after eating, I noticed that I had heartburn (a different sensation from my original chest pain). I had been experiencing heartburn on and off as well. I did an internet search for "heartburn and chronic hives" and came across an article that stated possible causes. One of the items mentioned was the H.Pylori virus/bacteria commonly the cause for stomach ulcers. I called my doctor and told her I wanted a blood test for H.Pylori. She accommodated me and the results came back positive. Finally, after 7 months, I feel like I have a chance of getting rid of the hives. It wasn't stress, it wasn't anxiety, and it wasn't allergies. I've been given a 7 day round of antibiotics (8 pills/day) and am currently on my 4th day. I haven't seen any results as I am still suffering. I will however, take all the antibiotics as prescribed and pray that the hives go away. In the article that I found, it stated that most people required 2 wks of antibiotics. I've called my doctor and have asked her for another week's RX. I still have a little bit of hope in that the hives will go away after the two weeks. If not, I really don't know what I'm going to do.Anyway, the point of this post is to offer a possible cause. Ask your doctor for a simple blood test for the H.Pylori virus and good luck!
    ihatehives 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hives are red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. Allergic reactions cause your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell up in hives. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than other people. Other causes include infections and stress. Hives are very common. They usually go away on their own, but if you have a serious case, you might need medicine or a shot. In rare cases, allergic reactions can cause a dangerous swelling in your airways, making it hard to breathe - which is a medical emergency._____________________Click Here For Natural Genital Warts Cure
    melisadenny 33 Replies
    • September 12, 2009
    • 07:50 AM
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  • Can you please tell me the resulted?thanksJust wanted to share my experiences with you and possibly help w/ finding a cause of hives.In November, I started experiencing chest pains and a week later, I started getting hives. I saw my doctor who initially diagnosed me with "stress and anxiety" and later diagnosed me with "allergies". The chest pain continued so I went back to the doctor and she referred me to a cardiologist. After an ECG, EKG, and stress test, there were no findings as to the possible cause.It's now been 7 months that I've had hives and situation's getting worse. I've been taking Benedryl to help with the itch but it doesn't always work. Sometimes my hives are so bad, I want to scream. First the hives started on my arms and legs, sometimes my eyes, sometimes my lips. Now it's on my torso, feet, and hands as well.I've seen an allergist and did testing. Results revealed that I wasn't allergic to anything. I was then referred to a hematologist who did a first set of blood tests and later called me back for a second testing. Those results showed that I had elevated levels of antibodies. He said that a lot of ppl suffered from hives and 90% of the time, it's never figured out why. He also said "deal with it". The hematologist then referred me to a dermatologist (who was no help at all). She told me to take Reactin at night until I was 2-3 weeks completely clear. Useless. I still have hives. During all this, I was also prescribed 5 pills for Prednisone. These didn't help either. I was still breaking out. The pharmacist was surprised. Said it shouldn't be happening and for me to check with my doctor.I've also seen a naturopath who was unable to help me. She was "stumped" but at least she didn't look at me like I was crazy and making things up.I tried everything. I washed my clothes separately with a non-chemical, non-harsh detergent w/ no fragrance. I stopped using creams for a while. I stopped using soap and bathed w/ water only. None of these eliminations helped.I was not satisfied with the stress and allergy diagnosis. I thought it was a cop out for doctors who didn't know how to help. I had a gut feeling something was wrong internally. One day, after eating, I noticed that I had heartburn (a different sensation from my original chest pain). I had been experiencing heartburn on and off as well. I did an internet search for "heartburn and chronic hives" and came across an article that stated possible causes. One of the items mentioned was the H.Pylori virus/bacteria commonly the cause for stomach ulcers. I called my doctor and told her I wanted a blood test for H.Pylori. She accommodated me and the results came back positive. Finally, after 7 months, I feel like I have a chance of getting rid of the hives. It wasn't stress, it wasn't anxiety, and it wasn't allergies. I've been given a 7 day round of antibiotics (8 pills/day) and am currently on my 4th day. I haven't seen any results as I am still suffering. I will however, take all the antibiotics as prescribed and pray that the hives go away. In the article that I found, it stated that most people required 2 wks of antibiotics. I've called my doctor and have asked her for another week's RX. I still have a little bit of hope in that the hives will go away after the two weeks. If not, I really don't know what I'm going to do.Anyway, the point of this post is to offer a possible cause. Ask your doctor for a simple blood test for the H.Pylori virus and good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 05:01 AM
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  • Hey, so did your hives clear up? Ive dealt with chronic hives for a long time and have been able to clear them with them following:1 Allegra 1 zantac 150 in the morning1 xyzal 5mg and 1 zantac150 at nightIf i skip a single dose they come back.My allergist put me on this 'cocktail' and it works, but im still trying to figure out why i get the bloody things...good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 3, 2010
    • 05:26 AM
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  • I had the same problem as ihatehives about 5 years ago. After allergists not knowing what was going on for a couple of months I did research and found that many things can cause hives, so I asked the last allergist I saw to test for lupus, thyroid problems, hepatitis and h. pylori, among other things. I came back positive for h. pylori. After a 2 week treatment course (Helidac) the bacteria was eradicated. It took about 4 or 5 months after that for the gastritis (that the bacteria caused) to heal, the heartburn to stop and the hives to go away.I was hive free for 5 years but unfortunately the hives just started again last week.If it keeps up I'm going to my gastroenterologist to see if I've been somehow re-infected with h. pylori.If I were you I would definitelt get tested for it. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2010
    • 07:53 PM
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  • I had the same issue with hives and swelling a little over 2 years ago. I had never had hives in my entire life. At the time when the hives started in fall of 08. I went to see the dr. and was prescribed prednisone and was referred to an allergy/immunology dr and then to an endocrinologist and then to a dermatologist. The dr's were treating my symptoms from hives and were doing nothing to try to find the cause and/or the source of the hives. I was on and off prednisone for months. The medication was controlling my symptoms but only when I was on the medication.In once instance, after I was done taking the prednisone, all of my symptoms came back 10X worse. Everything on my face swelled and my tongue and throat started to close. I ended up in the ER. This went on for a few more months. I had recently talked to my brother who had told me that about 10 years ago he had the same issue. He couldn't remember what the name of the bacteria was called but he was treated with antibiotics and his symptoms went away. I had started to do a little research on my own to try to figure out what kind of bacteria could cause such issues and found h.pylori. I had gone to see the dr and requested the h.pylori test and the test came back positive. I was given antibiotic for about a month. I was still experiencing the hives but on a lower scale. Each dr I had seen had never heard of h.pylori causing hives and swelling. I was so frustrated that every dr I saw couldn't and wouldn't help me. All they wanted to do was treat my symptoms. Eventually I went to a different clinic and saw a great dr that had actually heard of h.pylori causing hives and swelling. I WAS SO RELIEVED! He told me that usually within 6 months all of my symptoms would go away and they did! It ended around Aug of 09.As of Dec. 2010, I started going through this all over again. I was told by my dr that once you are treated for h.pylori, you usually won't get it again. I learned the hardest way possible that isn't the case. Yesterday I ended up in the ER with the worst episode I have ever experienced. My eyes swelled shut, my lips and cheeks swelled. Along with hives on my face, head, neck and body the size of softballs. It took a lot of explaining to the ER dr and nurses about the h.pylori and the hives. Once again, they had never heard of that being a symptom. I learned that it is possible to be re-infected with h.pylori. However, 75% of people who are treated for h.pylori, their symptoms don't return and they are not usually re-infected but once you have been diagnosed with h.pylori, you are more susceptible to it. There is the 25% of people, like me, who can have recurring issues. At this point, I waited 3 months to go see a dr and to get this figured out. Not b/c I didn't want to but b/c I thought that I couldn't get h.pylori again. I was self medicating with antihistamines and antacids to the point of overdosing on all of it. My swelling was getting so bad that I took 11 benadryl and 6 pepcid's in a 24 hour period. I could have accidentally killed myself. It is the most annoying, frustrating, depressing thing to have something that no one can figure out. Be your own advocate. Stay on top of your dr's and keep pushing on what you think is going on. You know your body better than a dr. Stay on top what is going on. That is the best advice I can give. I know now that when something is going on that is out of your control and you don't know what is causing it, go to see a dr asap. Had I gone in when my symptoms had returned, I wouldn't have had these issues. I hope this helps to anyone who may be suffering with similar problems.
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  • Dear friend ! If you smoke ??? Then stop smoking asap. I got rid of these hives after 5 yrs, and that is when i finally i found it to be because of my smoking habbit, although was not a passive smoker! i saw a thread on this topic from 2007 but it never had any clear answers so i'll try again now in 2009! :)about 5 months ago i had a serious allergic reaction...huge itchy hives all over my body, ears swollen, lips swollen. I was put on a steroid and the doc said it probably would happen again.To make a long story short, it's happened numerous more times, with the same reaction but often times my hands and feet are swelling as well. When i am having one of these reactions it's the most uncomfortable thing i've ever experienced. I saw an allergist, and he did skin testing and blood testing and couldn't figure it out. He put me on allegra which controls the symptoms some of the time. I went back to him b/c i've continually had these reactions and instead of trying to find the trigger wanted to change my meds.I went to a new allergist and he is also at a loss. Anyone with a similar situation and something that solved it?I have monitored foods, lotions/soaps, plants/animals, and can not put a finger on it.
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  • I HAD suffered with full body hives and swelling, off and on for 18 years. I was experiencing another episode of disfiguring hives last year. In Oct/10, I finally went to see a naturopath. I suspected it was my thyroid (family history of thyroid disease). The naturopath did a bunch of blood work. My Anti-TPO was off the charts. Normal is under 35. Mine was 467. Evidence of inflammation.She suggested trying a gluten free diet. Very, very difficult. Must read EVERY single label of processed food. Gluten is EVERYWHERE. Tried it for 10 days-can't say for sure it helped.BUT, then she recommended taking 2000 IU of vitamin D3 per day (for auto-immunity), plus 1000mg of Omega 3 oil--MUST BE 1000mg of "EPA" component of Omega 3 (for inflammation). Within 5 days or so, my hives disappeared completely and have not recurred. I am still gluten free as well, as I decided to stay off the gluten because my hives resolved around the same time as I started the D3 and Omega 3 oil (remember it MUST be EPA component of Omega 3).Hope this helps. I know what it is like to suffer with this terrible affliction, for so long.Whoever this helps, could you please say a prayer for my 37 year old sister who has just been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer? Her name is Natalie. God knows the rest. Thank you. God bless.
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