Late last fall (2008) and through winter I had unexplained hives for 4-5 months. I had no idea what it was from. I got them about 10 days after my flu shot, but I had gotten flu shots for at least the past five years (with no issues)...so I didn't think it was from that. Benadryl would suppress the hives, although it made me so tired. Toward the end, I decided to go to the Dr., even though I didn't think they would be able to figure out what it was from either. I had several pictures of my horrible hives if I would let the Benadryl lapse. My throat and face would swell, my eyelids would swell closed, I could have the whole back side of my body covered with hives and red blotches. It was horrible. The dr. never did figure out what my problem was...but within a couple weeks of that they went away.
Then, in October 2009, I decided to get another flu shot...I immediately had pain in my arm, and later that evening I felt woozy and shaky. Guess what I woke up with? Hives!! The Dr. prescribed Prednisone...and while I was on that I didn't have hives. A few days after that prescription wore off though, I had them back again. A smart nurse told me that Zyrtec might work without the drowsiness. It did - but not as well. I take a few 24 hour Zyrtec pills every day so I'm not so tired, and then at night I need to take 3-4 Benadryl pills to keep the hives suppressed. I heard that the flu shot is designed to stay in our system longer this year...perhaps 6 months! Yikes! p.s. I am not allergic to latex or eggs. I'm not sure what exactly I'm allergic to in the flu shot. :( I hope if anyone is having similar problems they realize it may be from the flu shot. I was surprised by this - especially since I didn't have problems with the flu shot the first 5 years I had them.
Around 4 years ago I too took the flu jab. and a couple of days later - hives which progressed rapidly till i went into anaphylactic shock. nice! a year of consultations, tests, medication and DESPAIR followed. for 7 months i was on 40 - 50 mg of ultralan DAILY (it seemed to work better than Prednisone), 2 atarax tablets, 3-4 Xyzal (or zyrtec) daily. if i even tried to lessen the dose then my lips, tongue, eyes and throat would swell. the hives lessened but never fully went away. my weight ballooned and i was in a constant stupor and NOT HAPPY. oh noooo. eventually i started bi-weekly sessions of acupuncture which really really helped and finally i was off the medication. i still take a daily xyzal otherwise the hives come back not the anaphylaxis though.
the steroids muck up your system totally. i would rather have 30 swine flus then ever take them again.
like a poster said above - if the jab can cause autoimmune problems like Guillain Barre Syndrome - then what are Chronic Idiopathic Hives but an autoimmune problem?
my advice - STAY AWAY FROM FLU JABS. the alternative is worse!
i am a man in my 30s,i also got flu injection through work in 2006.I also came out in urticaria a few days later,i did have the chicken pox a few months earlier,i;m not sure if anyone can relate to that in some way?Anyway I went to doctor,a dermatoligist then a allergist/immunoligist,i was diagnosed with chronic urticaria,the specialists said it probably was due to the flu injection but we cant prove it .(i seen a dietitian who put me on a low salicylates and amines diet.I then got sick with vomiting bug and when i recovered from that my urticaria was gone(a year and a half after it started)So i thought,until 2 months ago after i had the flu it came back,(2.5 years after it went away)this time more aggressive than ever,ive been on prednisone for most part of those 2 months,just seen allergist again put me on zyrtec and zantac,which has helped but still getting flair ups.The specialists still say its not due to the flu injection!!!!Myself personally am 100% sure it was the flu injection that triggered the chronic urticaria and we need to get together and prove it! I am going to see a natropath soon,spoke to a lady in a chemist whos son suffers from it,she says theres 2 immune systems,and when one is low the other can rise causing urticaria,she said cod liver oil helps balance them out along with vitamin d.She also said most skin conditions come from the stomach so get your stomach checked.
I had the H1N1 shot back in Oct of 2009, and like you I have been plagued with hives since the very next morning after my shot. I am a male in my late 30's and was in perfect health prior to the shot. I am experiencing hives every day and it has been nearly 9 months.
Got the flu shot for the first time last week. After about 5 days of muscle soreness and generally not feeling well I developed HIVES. They have come and gone over the past three days, covering my entire body at their worst. In the middle of the night my upper lip swelled up to three times its size and I went to the ER. They gave me a steroid shot and an order for Prednisone. I guess I am starting my journey down the road of dealing with a FLU shot allergic reaction.
Many of the vaccines contain formaldahyde as a preservative. You may have a formaldahyde allergy. I had the allergy patch testing done two years ago after dealing with rashes on my body and had been doing pretty well after a shift in lifestyle which included eliminating formaldahyde products from my home which included, detergents, shampoo, conditioners, no dryer sheets or fabric softeners, dish detergents, etc. I recently purchased a new piece of clothing and immediately broke out in a rash after contact, and got that somewhat under control, and then had to be treated with an IV antibiotic for an infection. The rash/hives have been full-blown and nearly unbearable. I know it is not the antibiotic as I can take them orally, but it had to be the preservative in the medication.
i had been getting hives for years and one day my doc said get a flu shot today it is the season.. two days later the skin on my feet and hands peeled and lost my toenails and fingernails.. finally healed and i have never had hives or flu shot since. this year is the h1n1 and dont know if is should or shouldnt get one.......
I got the flu shot last Thursday as I didn't want to risk getting the flu during GRE week. I am a senior in college applying to grad school. The following Sunday night, my body atRtes itching and by morning, I was fully covered with hives, after having no hive history at all. Last year I had gotten the h1n1 shot only and this year was my first time getting the flu shot itself. The health center at my school still isn't convinced it may be due to the shot due to the amount of time between the breakout and the shot. I have GREs this Saturday. So much for paying $20 to not get the flu....
I had flu shot back in Oct 2010. Follow by fever and few days later, Hive break out in my back!! Went to the doctor and took 5 days Prednisone and hive got better, once prescription is gone, it get back to me again!! Now it has been 6 weeks and I am about to running out the prescription again!! let see what will happen in next few days!!
My story is the same as most of you. When I was pregnant (2009) my OB pressured me into getting the flu vaccine. WITHIN 2 HOURS I saw small bumps forming on my abdomen and they grew so big that they all connected and covered half my body. It was my first encounter with hives and now I have been breaking out with them often. There is no doubt whatsoever that it was the flu vac that caused this condition. Eugene, I would love to hear more about that class action law suit!
I've been getting the flu shot for years, since early 2000s. In fall of 2008, I developed hives aprox. two days after the flu shot I got at work.
I have NO allergies, and this never happened before. Started on my head and hairline and progressed to the rest of my body, tried everything from topical stuff to eventually a month of Prednisone. Eventually they went away on their own after a few months (lasted aprox. 4-5months)
This season I skipped the flu shot for the first time in years, and I got the flu. Guess what appeared a day before the mega flu symptoms - HIVES! They lasted for three days into the flu cycle and went away again.
Has anyone had Hives with the flu?
I had a dose of the hives I knew it was an allergy thing as it progressed from the middle of my body to my hands feet and then dissipated the same way like a water ripple.
Not had them so I am told by my parents for 41 years.
About 4 weeks later I was stupid enough to have the flu shot... no hives tho but as soon as I started to fall sick I had an out break 2 x a day once in the morning when i rise buttock/waist area and the about 6-10 pm at night on my groin area.
As I am recovering from the flu it seems to be getting less not 100% sure yet as I am still in recovery mode. I have given up diet drinks ( Aspartame) as well as some high histamine foods to try and resolve this without drugs but the itch is slowly getting to me....but I don't want to take drugs.
will update you in a week or so when hopefully i am over this flu thing with some positive results.
my 3 year old is not allergic to eggs (she eats them all the time) and this year she also broke out in hives on her hands/wrists, feet, and knees (a couple on her tummy and neck) the day after receiving the flu vaccine (injection, not nasal spray). The nurse on the phone said she'd never heard of this, but clearly it is something that happens. My daughter wasn't exposed to anything else unusual.
My 6 six daughter just got a flu shot Tuesday before school and the next night she had mild hive breakout, and then Thursday it was head to toe in hives. She is currently at doctor now and that is why I am looking up this information.
I just sent this link to the CDC - as I, too, am suffering hives/allergic reaction from a flu shot I received just 2 days ago. I told them that this needs to be brought to their attention and addressed.
I'm in my late 30's, healthy and just recently had a baby, trying for another. How concerning. In an effort to keep myself safe and "healthy" for the sake of my child(ren) - I'm now going to suffer from hives for the rest of my life? JOY!
I can certainly understand what all of you are going through. I am 46 and have had hives for 6 MONTHS NOW! I am ready to lose my mind. I am told that it is either idiopathic urticaria or an allergy to sulfites. It is just so hard for me to comprehend. I have never been allergic to anything in my life! To develop an allergy now, is somewhat unbelievable, although not impossible, according to the research I have done on sulfite allergies. I also have been getting the flu shot for the past 4 or 5 years now. I thought I was protecting myself from the flu but I have been contemplating getting the flu shot this year. I got the shot in probably early October of 2010 and didn't develop the hives until April of 2011. I am scared of the flu shot making the hives worse. At this point, I don't want to put anything else in my body. I am currently on allegra and zantac when I first wake up, 2 doxepins mid-morning, two zyrtecs and another zantac after dinner and yet another 2 doxepin at bedtime. The hives are still breaking through despite all of this medicine. Frequently, I wake up with a swollen eye, or a fat lip. I am scared to death and sleep with an epi-pen on my night table. I pray and hope that maybe one day for me, they will just disappear. The thought of living the rest of my life with no sulfites means I cannot drink anything else but water!!!! I can live without canned foods, but it can be in foods that do not list sulfites in the ingredients because it has to be over a certain amount. WTF??? Who says Cod Oil helps, who says vitamin B, who says acupuncture. I want to try it all! I think I have let off enough steam for now. Wish all of you luck!
I received the Flu mist on Thursday, September 15, 2011, with my 3 children while at the pediatrician for annual well visits for them. The kids have had no reaction to it. But two days later (Saturday night), I started with an itchy scalp (so much, that I worried I had lice). two days after that, I started having seriously itching palms. That, plus a few bouts of itching feet, lasted two weeks. I wondered if I was pregnant because the last time I had itching palms was during pregnancy. But no, I am not pregnant. The itching palms lasted two weeks, then I had a few days of relief and thought it had passed. But then, the hives began. I have gotten hives - on different parts of my body - since then (I think they started around September 30, and now it's October 23.) Sometimes my forearms flare up, sometimes they stretch across my abdomen, sometimes they are on my legs. My ears get inflammed, my skin turns red, I feel my face getting red. With Benadryl, it goes away, but as I write this now, I am in tears. I feel sure it is related to the Flu Mist, but I'm freaking out. It's not normal to have to daily self-medicate with benadryl!!!!!! Do I have a bad immune system? I'm not allergic to anything except cat dander.
I Had flu shot in October 2010 developed Hives two weeks later with severe outbreak over whole body. Since then they gradually get less and less severe control with xyzal. Had another flu shoot October 2011 again week later got severe outbreak. Trying again to control with xyzal and cyproheptadine. I can't be certain but flu shot is number one suspect and it's sad medical community is in full denial probably because companies like Sanofi Aventis and other getting paid billions of dollars selling vaccines.
I had the flu shot in march 2011, 10 days later I was up in the emergency department with a bad case of the hives. It started just like you with itchy palms and feet. Also the scalp with be itchy as with lumps all over. My hives would start with a small red dot then turn into the size of dinner plates. He said I was having a bad reaction to something and asked if I have done something different. I knew I hadn't. I ended back up in the emergency with angiodema, again they said the same thing. I've been to numerous doctors, specialists, and nothing seems to stop them, I keep flaring up even with all the meds I've been put on. No medical expert will agree to the flu shot is the cause, but it didn't start until I had that. And I'm not allergic to eggs. Its been 9 months now. The best I got from a dermatologist was he wasn't a betting man but 99% is was the vaccine!
Hi, I am just recovering from hives that happened after the flu shot and I am not allergic to eggs! Yes you should consult your doctor to get you off of the meds, have you ever tried drinking Yogi herbal no caffine tea of peppermint and/or skin detox teas. Peppermint is good for calming the nerves which is part of the hives and I applied the skin detox to the areas of my arms affected with cold water in a bowl and put the skin detox tea bags in the water. Let it stand for a few minutes, then take the soaked tea bag and just softly touch the areas with the soaked tea bag. Only dry the unaffected areas and let the affected areas air dry. I also went to the doctor and got hydroxyzine, ointment which did nothing except make me sleeply. If you can't find the Yogi Tea at Albertsons or Target go online and you can buy it. Good Luck!
My son got the flu shot Dec of 2010 and started with the chronic hives one week to the day. We visited many doctors and all denied the flu shot was the culprit and no one can tell us when this will go away! He takes 2 zyrtec and benedryl at night. If he misses a dose his eyes and lips swell up and he is covered head to toe. It's annoying that I know what caused this but no one will own up to it.
I got severe hives 5 days after I got my flu shots this year. This is my 3rd time taking flu-shots in 4 years and never had any allergic reaction before...Again, pharmacy, doctor all denied that it was due to flu-shots, but knowing me (an my body), I was never allergic to anything. Benedryl, Allegra did help, but I needed prescription (metho....) that my doc prescribed to be cured.
Will think twice OR may never get another flu shot.
I wanted to write an update on myself. After receiving the flu mist in September 2011, I had daily hives for about 14 months...until around November 2012. Now it is end of January 2013, and they mostly flare up once or twice per month. It's like they are finally fading! A hellish year plus more...I will never take a flu shot/mist again and am grateful I wasn't left paralyzed or with other problems. Scary stuff! MedImmune (the maker of flutist) seemed surprised the hives lasted so long - that they did not have any other long-term hive reports like mine. Bull! I'm sure many have had chronic hives after taking that product - people need to know that immunizing is important for societal health & that I think most should vaccinate - but go into it understanding that bad, life changing reactions do happen to normal, healthy individuals, such as me.
I had taken the flu mist for five years before getting itchy palms, head and the install full blown hives within 48 hours of getting the flu mist in September 2011. They are now - a little more than a year later - starting to be less, both in intensity and in frequency. Thank God they seem like they are finally going away! Zyrtec in the morning and a Benadryl at night helped me get though it.
Less than 24 hours after my 10 year old got the flu shot, she's have hives everyday for 3 weeks now, mostly on her back and stomach. Some of them are 3" across. We went to the pediatrician she is on 25 mg of hydroxyzine, which really seems to stop the hove, but we tried to take her off and 24 hours later the hives are back. I'm convinced the hives came from the flu shot
I had my flu shot a month ago with resulting hives and itching. The hives disappeared within a few days but the itching continues intermittantly. I have seen an internist and a general practice doctor with only the suggestion of taking an antihistamine which unfortunately disagrees with my system. Any suggestions. I do not want this to become a chronic problem.
In December of 2012 at 32 years old I received a flu shot for the first time. The very next day I experienced facial swelling and a day after that I was covered in hives. The swelling has gotten so bad that on 2 occasions I had to go to the ER. Today is 11/21/13 and it's been about 6 months or so since I have had any severe symptoms.(although the hives have never completely gone away) My allergist put me on hydroxyzine, ceterizine, and montelukast which I took until a few months ago and I believed it helped. Now I just take benadryyl before bed and like I said I haven't had any severe breakouts. I am convinced it was the flu shot that triggered this and have seen that this subject has very little consensus among the medical community. I have medical records and photographs documenting my case so if anybody is collecting data on this subject please let me know. Thanks
I recently had the high dose flu vaccine since I am 68 y.o. 70 hrs. Later, I had itchy palms that quickly progressed to full blown hives. Immed. Took Benadryl every 4-6 hrs. & each time a dose wore off the hives returned. This continued for 3 days & then I saw my family doctor to see what I had reacted to the last time I had hives...about 2 yrs. prior. Was informed it was the seasonal flu vaccine. Last year I had the shingles but no flu vaccine & only had a local reaction at the injection site & in January of this year had the pneumonia vaccine & no reaction. I am wondering if there is a different preservative or do I react to the active ingredient/killed virus? I have absolutely no allergy to eggs. Guess I won't get another flu shot.
I did not recd flu shot and of course got really sick last year. I decided to get flu shot and dealt with chills a few days after the shot. Now its been approximately 10 days have shot and have hives under my arms, stomach area and upper thighs. I attended pancreatic cancer vigil last night and a survivor told me her symptoms for this type was cancer was itching all over her body. I started thinking about it and thought of the flu shot and here I am discovering this hives reaction is common. I recd a monthly shot for dust mites and will bring up this issue to my allergy doctor but don't want to take more drugs to control it. Also a nurse that specializes in dementia told me Benadryl is horrible for the brain and does not take it at all. That got my attention and I wanted to post it for all users that posted they use it a lot. I may try the peppermint tea deal but hope the hives go away, I have recd flu shot in past years but never a reaction like hives, I am not allergic to eggs.
I developed terrible hives from base of my neck to my tail bone directly along my spine. After a few hours of sleeplessness and itching I remembered a remedy I used after being swarmed and attacked by wasps two summers ago - baking soda and vinegar soaked paper towels. My husband laid them all the way down my back and I took two benadryll and finally fell asleep. The itching stopped and hives subsided some, but I feel my skin still activate somehow.
I am almost without a doubt this was caused by my flu shot earlier that day. I learned of an egg-whites allergy about 10 years ago, after which I stopped and slowly reintroduced into my diet. I've had no problems since, and as well, no such side effects in the past two years of receiving the flu shot. Flu shots are required in health authority employment. This year, I advised the nurse of my previous egg-white allergy but he said since I've had no reactions the past years, I should be fine.
Well, the hives have subsided thanks to the home remedy but I still feel the after effects today, two days later, of sensitive and slightly burning skin. I'm concerned about what has happened and might continue to happen, based on many posts who are still battling the hives. I will not be receiving the flu shot next year even if I must change jobs. I was also recommended to administer the flu shot to my son who has an autoimmune disease and I will definitely not be doing that. I believe it will only complicate matters. My son is mainly the reason I continue getting the flu shot. If there is a lesson, here, it's that I need to be more informed on what exactly is in this vaccine and what may have changed this year. Look forward to hearing more... Following...
I'm male, 42, had my first flu shot in the middle of September 2014. A few days later, I developed small pink hives on my hands, forearms and ankles. It's now 8 weeks later and I've had hives every day since and the breakouts have been getting more severe. Allegra and Benadryl have helped somewhat. I've also recently developed some minor aches and pains in two arms and one leg. I had seen my nurse practitioner a few weeks ago for a routine checkup and she didn't make much of the symptoms. I'm seeing my doctor next week and hopefully he will have better insight into these problems.
I received a flu shot at 7pm at Costco Tuesday night, Wednesday morning at 4am I woke up to extremely itchy, red hot palms. The injection site is sore but not red or swollen. Because I had to go to work I took an Advil Cold & Sinus which took the edge off the itching and running my hands under cold water helped a bit. By Wednesday night my palms were bright red, hot, swollen, so itchy and my finger tips were turning purple. I took a couple Benadryl so I could drive home from work. Waking up on Thursday morning at 5am, I started crying because my palms itched so bad, like nothing I have ever experienced in my 50 years. I ended up going to Urgent Care and the dr told me that there were a lot of people coming in with itching over various parts of their bodies from the flu shot. The only thing he said that would work is to take 50mg of Benadryl every 6hrs. I have been taking it every 4hrs because the itching gets so bad.
I hope this goes away quickly!!
Craig, did this ever resolve for you? I got the flu shot Nov 11 and have been breaking out with huge welts, hives ever since. Been on several Meds and a steroid shot too. They seem to stop for a couple days then break out again. Sure hope it leaves me alone soon. Have had the flu shot begore several homes with no problem.
I recieved the flu vaccine(FluMist) for the first time this past October, and have had re-ocurring hives ever since. They seem to develop while I'm eating or shortly after, and I've never had food allergies (or any allergies for that matter) before. The wierdest thing is that the hives are the worst when eating any food with MSG, even "naturally occuring forms", and I've since learned that the flu mist has msg in it. It may be crazy but it seems more than just a coincidence where I'm wondering if somehow the msg in the vaccine may have triggered some kind of hypersensitivity now. I'm wondering if anyone else who has developed chronic hives after the vaccine has experienced this?
I too have gotten the the flu shot. I got it taken 10-8-2015, and 2 days later I started itching all over and the the next thing I know......I had hives! I'm not allergic to eggs or anything else. I know it's from that flu vaccine, I have never had hives and low and behold after this shot that's all I been dealing with. I've taken Benadryl and using aloe Vera lotion mixed with gold bond powder and that kind of soothes my skin. I will not be getting that flu shot ever again....someone needs to step up in the medical profession and find out what this issue is! Doctors are in denial when you inquire about "hives" being the cause from flu vaccines! It's like it's taboo
reading this comment 5 weeks after my flu vaccine and I am STILL plagued with hives, is there light at end of the tunnel. Has anyone got a time scale or does anyone know what I can do to stay sane? Literally going crazy and been to several GPs, A&E, dermatology, going to go private and get an allergy test this week.
Be nice to know if anyone got better in a reasonable time!
Did you mean skin tested? Yes I have, but still they can't find anything!!! The doctors as well as my allergist looked at me like I was insane when I said, " I've never had hives until after my flu shot"! And they quick to say that was not the cause, but truly in my heart I know it was. I've seen other people mention the same thing on other sites. I'm just so scared, but I go back to another doctor next week. Hopefully they could do something, because I'm really tired of waking up to swollen lips, eyelids and polka dots all over! I'm not trying to be stuck on prednisone for the rest of my life either. The Benadryl is already making me foggy in my brain, as well as forgetful. Cetirizine doesn't really help too much either. But hopefully someone can find a safe cure for this crazy skin immune disorder. We just have to pray for someone to step up and take responsibility instead hiding behind the big bucks!
I also recently received the flu jab and roughly 5 days later broke out in a skin rash on my neck and face which then developed into full blown hives over my body and swelling around my eyes. I am certain now that the two are related. I am doing everything I can to control the hives/itching without resorting to medication. I was initially managing it with anti-histamines but on further research found that long term use can actually create more problems! I am currently following a low histamine diet which involves sticking to a basic pure diet; nothing processed/packaged. I tend to mostly eat meat, veg, sweet potatoes, rice products, coconut products some fruits and cook with hemp oil. It includes cutting out tea and coffee (which was almost worse than the hives for a few days!) but I am now starting to tolerate decaf coffee again (tea is still a no no for me). So far it is working to manage the symptoms :) but I am still occasionally getting flare ups (1 or 2 small hives once a week). I am also taking Quercetin which is a natural antihistamine which seems to be helping, so I would definitely recommend people try this (maybe along with a reduced dose of antihistamine at first-obviously check with your doctor for any drug interactions). I have also found a lot of links between autoimmune skin reactions and gut health so my next step is to carry out a cleanse in the hope that it might rid my body of whatever it is reacting to (or at least help!) so I have ordered Humaworm for adults (which has had great reviews) and once completed I intend to start a high potency probiotic (200 billion bacteria ordered from seeking health.com) I am also waiting to try their histamine block, which again has had great reviews! As you can probably tell I am determined to get well again and beat this thing without medication. Sometimes just knowing that there is an alternative to medication can give you the much needed hope for a cure. I hope that some of this information is of use to you. On a final note, the low histamine diet can be hard to stick to but is definitely worth it! Good luck!
I'm gonna try the vitamin D pills, I've heard that they can help a little too. I'm taking 360 mg of Allegra, 30 mgs of of doxepin, 20 of singular and Benadryl! I'm tired of taking these meds! I'm gonna try the natural route as well. I've never heard about the Humaworm, but at this point I'd try anything! These meds I'm taking aren't even working anyway. But I'm gonna try probiotics, I've heard that it could maybe be H. Pylori causing some of this hives too. But I'm gonna try the low histamine diet. I'll let you know how it goes!
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