The standard treatment of hives is oral antihistaminics and topical steroids. Oral antihistaminics relieve itching and you can get them over the counter but some of them may cause drowsiness, hence it should be taken under a medical guidance. Topical steroids and oral steroids are available by prescription from a dermatologist.
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.
I am beginning to think my hives are related to hormones as well. My last breakout was a little over 7 years ago, 6 weeks after the birth of my last child. I had him at 42. I went to allergy specialists at Baylor and had all the patch tests, they still couldn't tell me what it was. They said maybe fragrance but couldn't tell me which ones. Now, that I will be 50 in a month and just stopped having periods...the rash is back. It started on my legs, then stomach, now arms and face. ugh!! I did go get a cortisone shot the other day which helped for 2 days. I refuse to take the steroid that was prescribed. I am having enough trouble losing weight without that. If Baylor couldn't figure it out, I'm not spending money for someone else to have a shot at it. I will ride it out this time.
I have been experiencing a string of what seemed like unrelated symptoms for some time. swelling in one knee and one elbo, swelling in my abdomen, shortness of breath, low oxygen levels, fast heart beat, rashes from my waiste to the top of my head(or hives), sores in my mouth and nose, head aches, muscle spasms in my face that lasted two days one time. Last year I was having intermittent stuttering and repetitive word issues. Everything comes and goes. It's as if my body is continuously misfiring. Sometimes my body temp just shoots up like hot flashes. The doctors suspect some kind of immune problem as do I. It's frustrating and embarrassing. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell the doctors everything because I fear they will think I'm a chronic complainer. How do I find answers? They keep giving me steroids, when I say no steroids please, they inject me with them. I got 120ml grams last week which did nothing for my hives, it made my lungs feel amazing for a few days. The hives make sleeping a challenge.
I am also beginning to believe my chronic idiopathic uticartia and angioedema (unknown hives and swelling) may be related to hormones. My first bout dealing with this 4 years ago that lasted almost a year, started a few months after the birth of my daughter. Now after being clear for 4 years they have returned. I am now into my 5th month of chronic swelling on my hands, feet, lips, eyes, etc. (at least twice a week on my face) and hives all over, moving around from day to day. Antihistamines do nothing. Zantac may or may not help my swelling and heartburn. Steroids actually seem to make it worse as I come off of them, although the allergist said that is not possible, he is not the one that almost was in the E.R. both times that I had come off a round of Prednisone. If these reactions are due to hormonal imbalances why is there no help for us? Can't they give us shots with the hormones that we are in need of to balance us out?