I too am in this boat. Almost 3 years ago I started developing hives which turned into dry, itchy, red skin. I went to my general prac who had no idea and referred me to a dermatologist and allergist. The derm suggested I sleep in a tight wet body suit (for real?) and the allergist said I was only allergic to dust and that it was just stress and will go away. Since then I go to the doctor at least once a month to get a steroid shot and I take 2 allergy meds a day, and 2 more for relaxation and sleep that cost me $3 a day (and I just lost my job). The last time I got a steroid shot I had the hiccups for about 36 hours and was even more uncomfortable than normal. I finally have an appointment with another allergist, which I hope will identify a cause. I barely leave the house because I'm so embarrassed by my appearance and I've gained about 60 lbs over the last year which my doc says is due to the amounts of steroids I've taken. I will follow up next week after my allergist appointment. I only hope we can find something, because this is no way to live.
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Urticaria or hives is usually triggered by allergens, such as drugs, foods, insect bites, inhaled substances, in response to sunlight, cold, heat, stress, exercise, or a viral infection. Other common allergens are pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, or cosmetics. Since you experienced an itch, just go over these possibilities in your mind. Something may strike you. In many cases, hives clear up themselves and don’t require diagnosis or treatment. However if they persists you may need to see a specialist called an allergist to determine what is causing the reaction. You must get an allergy test done, either a skin test or RAST, to know what you are allergic to.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
My sister had the same thing happen to her and she is getting quite a bit of assistance from her allergist and a shot called Xolair. You might want to look into that.
I have had the same problem. I had never had hives or any sort of allergic reaction to anything before about 8 months ago. I woke up with hives covering my neck, face, back, and torso. Since, then, every single day, without fail, I have broken out in hives. Like yours, they vary in size, severity, when they occur, even sometimes shape. I have been to countless doctors. I have been tested for every allergy possible (they happen when I am across the country, so it's not just a regional-allergy.) I have had blood testing, tried several presciption medications; at one point when I was covered so severely (scalp, hands, feet, legs, arms, torso, face, lips...my entire body was swollen and red like one giant hive) that I went to the emergency room and begged them to do something. About a month ago, a doctor told me to go on a combination of Zyrtec (an allergy treatment) and Zantac (an acid reducer), which can be bought over the counter prescribed. The Zyrtec stops the hives and the Zantac works as an extender for the Zyrtec (no idea how this works, but I'm not a doctor.) It is a miracle. I still experience hives and don't know why, which upsets/concerns me, but it has made my life livable for the time being, until I do figure it out. I get the hives, take anywhere between 50-70 mg (5-7 tablets of 10 mg Zyrtec) and 10-40 Zantac (1-4 tablets of 10 mg.) The hives stop itching, begin to fade, and completely lose all swelling/iflamed-ness. The faint outlines are still there and they never completely go away, but theyt do not itch and torment me, and most of all don't affect my day. The best part is that although they both made me extremely drowsy for a few weeks (like Benadryl, which sucked), it's mostly faded away. I don't know if it will work for you, and honestly I don't know if it will continue to work for me (since I have been on meds that worked for a brief amount of time and then stopped working before during this whole ordeal), but so far it has worked for the longest and really helped. Sorry this post is so long, I hope it helps, and just know that you're not the only one who feels like that and doesn't know what to do. Best of luck
I too suffer from Chronic Hives. I have been living on Prednisone daily and I have gained sooo much weight. I have also been on every antihistamine and acid reducer with histamine blocker in it along with anti-depressants with histamine blockers in it and found NO relief. I am currently trying Acupuncture and Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. I am hoping this works so I can get off of Prednisone. Maybe it is something for you to check into also.
I had spontaneous unknown hives too that stuck around for months and months. I finally figured it out without medication so wanted to share what helped me in case this helps you too. Initially I was put me on prednisone as well, but it only solved the symptoms temporarily not the cause and so I would just break out again whenever I stopped taking it. I hated it, gained weight, etc. Antihistamines, docs, and allergists were of no help. The only way I was able to get off the prednisone was adjusting my diet. I first did an elimination diet and the hives cleared up. My triggers were wheat (probably gluten- found in so many different foods that I hadn't realized- like soy sauce), dairy, most alcohols accept vodka and cider, eggs, soy, and peanuts. My hives cleared up almost immediately once I cut these foods out of my diet. I think it was triggered by stress initially and then certain histamine rich food groups aggravated it while my system was on the fritz. I'm now finally starting to bring just about everything back into my diet 6 months later- hive free. Hope this helps! Good luck
Hi My name Melissa and i wanted to ask u about the hives
My mother has had them since she was 8 off and on some years she goes with out them then she has them for 4 months or 1 hold year. so we have been to many doctors and dermatologist and have had biopsies but there is no explanations for why she has them
She gets the all over her body and in her mouth and she can feel them under her skin the range in size from dime size to dollar coin size also the are hot to the touch also when she does break out she has shortness of breath do to them putting pressure on her chest and in past year she has been hospitalized and in some cases these hive have given her a heart attack
so far what the doctors had prescribed her benadryl and antacid and steroids and nothing seems to be helping them in the years past when the had them nothing helped either she just had to wait till her symptoms went away
Do you know any other cases like hers we are running out of ideas and she is giving up i dont want her to be in this much pain anymore
if you could get back to me with any info my email is