Jul 26, 2008
My hives began in early May after I took a course of the antiobiotic Zythromycin. It is not unusual for me to get hives after taking antibiotics but this particular one had never caused problems for me in the past. In addition to that, the hives did not go away when the med was out of my system. I have been treated by a dermatologist who prescribed antihistamines and topical creams none of which have helped. My internal medicine doctor has given me a course of prednisone but the hives came right back when I began weaning myself off of them. This physician believes that I might be allergic to my blood pressure medicine since there is an ingredient in that particular hypertension medication that mimics sulfa which is the ingredient in the antibiotics that cause me to have hives. So he took me off of the blood pressure medication and started me on another one but the hives continue.
I am now experiencing joint pain and swelling in my left elbow. Sometimes the skin around my elbow itches but the joint itself is very sore. My fingers feel swollen as well.
My hives are so bad that I have scratched the skin leaving scabbed over "sores' which I know sounds gross (and it is) but I have never had hives for this amount of time that leave sores on my skin that look like chicken pox. I have been to my physician 4 times, the dermatologist 3 times and urgent care once. I don't know what to do next but something is wrong.