Hives are horrid, I have suffered for 6 years. Today marks 2 weeks of no Splenda or other artificial sweeteners for me. I am beginning to believe they played the major role in my outbreaks. I have been experiencing withdrawal, side effects include headache for days, insomnia and restlessness.
To help your hives apply extreme cold. I use small water bottles that I keep frozen. The frozen water bottles tame down my new hives & cold really does help with the itching. Just remember DO NOT SCRATCH. I know it is difficult but that only makes them worse, you release more histimine and they grow larger and ask for more..
If you have them on the bottoms of your feet as I did & cannot wear a normal shoe try a pair of CROCS. I put mine in the freeezer & then wear if I must wear something. CROCS also work well to hold something & you will not ruin them. I slip something cold into the sole while sitting down. A small frozen herbal bag or again my frozen water bottle can rest in the bottom of the CROCS while I rest my foot on top of it.
There is a site on YAHOO Groups for hives, type in search word chronic_urticaria lots of helpful folks there.
I have chronic urticaria and exercise induced asphyxia. I hate them. I have had this for 2 yrs. Nothing helps. I stopped wheat, that wasnt it. I stopped artificial sweetners, not it either. I have had my thyroid tested, my liver, and everything else. I am "ok". I think that it is from taking allergy meds and such. I have had allergies and asthma forever. I will find a reason. I hope.
Hives (medically known as urticaria) are red, itchy, raised areas of skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes. They 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 mainstay of treatment of hives is antihistamine which may be necessary for prolonged periods (in excess of 6 weeks). Sedating antihistamines such as Chlorphenamine or Hydroxyzine are used at night to get urticaria control. Short courses of oral cortisone or steroids are taken for short periods (one to three days) to settle more severe symptoms.
You may take Vitamin C along with the prescribed treatment. Vitamin C is a general anti-allergy supplement. It helps stabilize mast cells so they are less likely to release histamine.Severe cases may require immunotherapy.
Recurring and chronic hives may be present in are hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, lymphomas, collagen vascular diseases, and cancers of the rectum, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Chronic infections such as chronic sinusitis can be associated with urticaria.Pls discuss these options with your doctor.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing.