Breaking out in huge welts
by Julesg11, Apr 13, 2010
My son is 22 and in the last 7 months is breaking out very suddenly with huge welts of skin over his body this has happened about seven times..he gets a warm sensation first and knows its coming...they usually last about an hour. doctors say hives...but no cure, now his upper chest and up to the top of his head turn bright red like a sunburn he got really hot for about two hours this lasted...really worried something is going on..can you help?
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by medicmommy, Apr 14, 2010
A question...Is your son drinking energy drinks or taking vitamins/supplements with niacin In them? If so, this could be a "niacin flush" -harmless, but annoying. If not, there is something else causing a histamine release (could be anything from an allergic reaction to a kidney problem) and, if he hasn't, he needs to have it checked out. If he has an episode where he experiences throat tightness or voice hoarseness, difficulty breathing, or chest pain, don't hesitate to call 911 because this may be a life-threatening allergic reaction. One more thing, if he occasionally smokes naturally grown products, he may be exposed to pesticides he is sensitive to.
by Smilerdeb, Apr 14, 2010
I have just got over a bad bout of Hives (cause unknown) where the welts were sizes of dinner plates.As one welt went down , more came up. I would get a tingling burning sensation and then..wham! they were there.
Be very careful and watch your son as each bout of hives is worst than the previous one.
I ended up on day 2 in hospital with my bottom lip swelling and finding it hard to breath (anaphalxix) and was given Adrenalin (not very nice).
I now have an Epi-Pen (adrenaline) that I carry around with me because I have been told that this sort of allergic reaction can kill you.
I still dont know what caused the hives......only that they were the worst bout I have ever had and Ive probably had them about 5 times in 10 years.
Get your Son to an allergist.
I was taking an antihistamine that did nothing except releiev the itching but then was then put on prednisolone (steroids) for 5 days and within 2 days the welts had gone,
If the hives continue for longer than 5 days, it is wise to seek Doctors advice and a short course of steroids.
by Bhupinder Kaur, MDBlank, Apr 17, 2010
From the symptoms it indeed sounds like hives. Hives have a tendency to change size rapidly and to move around, disappearing in one place and reappearing in other places, often in a matter of hours.

Many cases of hives are "idiopathic," meaning no cause is known. Others may be triggered by viral infections or medications. The treatment of hives consists of antihistaminics, calamine lotion and steroids. So please get the diagnosis confirmed from a dermatologist. Sometimes the treatment of hives may have to be taken for 6 weeks also.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

by Julesg11, Apr 29, 2010
Thank you so much for your information we have an appt with an allergist..I will keep posted with results....Thank you all again