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I am off of my anti histamines for 2 weeks.  i'm on my 5th day and i am miserable.  i have an allergy test a week from thursday (a week and a half away) i don't know if i can deal with this.  it's either this or i start taking the meds again and not get tested for allergies or i continue being miserable for the remainder of my two weeks and hope my test comes back with something.  i'm going to be very irritated if my allergy test doesn't come back with anything at all.  anyways, i was wondering if anyone can tell me a home remedy or something that will allow me to remain medication free for the next week and a half.  please help me, i can't sit still at work, i was up half the night last night itching, i just overall don't feel good.  HELP!!!!!!!!!
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I was suffering from terrible hives. It felt like i was on fire and itched at the same time. I was awake the whole night and had the hardest time functioning during the day time. I finally ended up swelling up in my mouth, and having a hard time breathing. The hives had spread to my cheeks and tongue. So when I went in I was on a steriod and that wasnt working, so he put me on a different type of antihistimine. One that I could take and it woudnt effect the results of the tests. He also tested me for mono just in case. It turns out I have recurring mono. Hives are a symptom of that. If you havent been tested for mono i suggest you do so...just to rule it out. Aslo, there is an over the counter anti itch spray, its clear, I cant think of the name of it but its got a green cap. it works really well. you might also want to try calamine lotion. Let me know how it works out for you.
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oh and why are you off your meds so long. you only need to be off them for 5 days enough time to take the blood and then you should go back on them. you might want to see another doctor.
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that's what the receptionist who made my appointment said.  i called my regualr doctor today and waiting for a call back to see if there's anything that she can do.  i was given a steroid shot over a month ago and it worked FANTASTIC for about 2 days and then the hives came back.  Last time i checked i'm allergic to calamine lotion. when  i was little i had chicken pox and my mom put it on my and i broke out in a rash on top of the chicken pox.  so i haven't tried it again, i'm almost at the point where it may be worth it to see if i grew out of that allergy or not. if i get another rash, oh well, what could be worse than what i've already got, right?  
i never thought that mono could give you hives, i've never had mono before and i don't see why i'd have it now. i don't share drinks with anyone and i've had the same boyfriend for a year, unless he's kissed someone else, i don't really know how else you can get it.
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why is it you have to be off them for two weeks.  usually docs only say 5 days without them?  personally wouldn't you rather just deal with it for the week and hopefully they figure out what is causing it and then you don't have to use a band aid anymore (antihistomines).  I have been told by 3 docs though that the wait time is 5 days.
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what time of the day does your hives start?
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they never stop.  and yes, i've been off of the antihistamines for 5 days now and i am absolutely miserable.  i know i can't take them so i haven't been because i DO want to figure out why i'm getting the hives.  they are absolutely aweful.  i'm coating myself in hydrocortisone cream and i took 2 aveeno oatmeal baths yesterday within 5 hours of each other.  i just don't know what else to do.  i'm going to abide by the doctors suggestion of staying off of them for 2 weeks because i'm in Oklahoma and we might now have as advanced stuff as other places, i don't know, but there's probably rhyme and reason for them saying 2 weeks.  
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are you sure that you are suppose to use the cortisone cream before getting your allergy tests?  I wasn't when I had mine.

Where you live doesn't matter about the 5 day rule because that is how long it takes for stuff to get out of your system.  There are people on here from a bunch of different states, and they have all been told 5 days.  I've had allergy tests done probably 6 different times in my lifetime and it's always been 5 days.  I just don't want you to be miserable because your doc told you too long of a time period.  You might want to call them back and find out why that was said.  moism143 had even stated the same 5 day rule.  I would also ask them about the cortisone cream.  
Just trying to help you out so your not so uncomfortable for so long.  Won't hurt to ask and make sure.  
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i know, thank you, i will probably do that. i am going to my regular doctor in about 30 minutes to see if there's anything that she can do to help me out.  
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i know for me if i use over the counter Sarna Lotion - steroid free - does wonders for my chronic hives itching.  very cooling to the skin without all those harsh nasty ingredients that are not good for you.  i have also read that sandlewood essential oil helps too.  "aveeno" brand skin products has wonderful oatmeal bath sachets that are very calming for the irritated skin - for hives/eczema etc, you can find it at any pharmacy or supermarket.  i have also read a lady was cured from her chronic hives from acupuncture!  probiotics is another natural product that has helped people with there symptoms.. i myself am going to try a natural internal cleanse soon, hoping that will help.
thats all i can think of for now... anything that comes to mind, will let you know.  I know Quercetin and Grape seed Extract are natural antihistamines but not too sure if you can take that if you have allergy tests coming up.
hope this helps... best of luck to you :)
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thursday morning (exactly a week from when i stopped taking the antihistamines) i woke up and my lips were swollen and my right eye was almost swollen shut. i called the allergist and told them what was going on they told me to go to the hospital, so i went to the emergency room and they gave me Prednisone, Zantac and Zyrtec. I wasn't sure if i should go ahead and take them or if i should wait until my appointment a week from that afternoon, they said that they couldn't test me with hives anyway so go ahead and take the medication that the hospital prescribed.  i guess they said that they were going to draw blood instead of the skin ***** test. my question....WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE SAID THAT WHEN I MADE THE APPOINTMENT.  The only thing i can think of is that they did not realize how bad my hives were when i made the appointment.  now i guess they know.  they still couldn't get me in any sooner than this thursday but i hope all does go well.
oh and by the way, i bought the Walgreens version of Sarna lotion (about 10 bucks cheaper) and it did work pretty well.  it also makes your skin silky and actually smells good once the menthol smell goes away.  
thanks for your help.  since i've been on the prednisone (steroids) my hives are GONE...Thank god!!!  i've been itching for 3 months straight with the exception of around july 23rd i stopped for a day and a half and now i've been itch free for about 5 days.  it's fantastic, i forgot what it felt like.
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When did your hives go away? How?
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