Today is the start of week four with hives – I get 3-5 new hives a day and each one lasts about 4 days. Reading through some of the other posts, what I have seems minor in comparison, but when they start itching to the point of hurting it gets to be unbearable. I didn’t start using/eating anything in the weeks leading up to when the hives started. About a month before they started, I had strep throat and the same day that the hives started I started with a flare of Crohn’s. The internist I saw thought they may be auto-immune (at that point all the hives were on top of joints…they’ve spread now but still cluster on joints...I also have auto-immune arthritis); my dermatologist thought they were either a delayed reaction to the strep or to the antibiotic I took. I'm leaning towards auto-immune because they seem to get worse with stress. Is there any way to pinpoint what’s causing them (I’m thinking it will be easier to treat them if I knew the source)? Is the dermatologist the best doctor to be seeing or should I be seeing some other type of doctor?I’ve tried a few anti-histamines (Claritin, Zyrtec and Xyzal) but they just seem to give temporary relief. Zyrtec was the best – giving me about 4 hours of relief, but it also knocked me out and made me sleepy for a day and a half afterwards, so that wasn’t an option (I don’t do well with sedating medications). I’ve also tried a number of topical ointments (Rx strength steroid creams, Benadryl spray, calamine lotion and lidocaine spray) – at most I get a few seconds of relief from these. I have another appointment to see my dermatologist on Tuesday – short of other anti-histamines which tend to be sedating (not an option for me) or oral steroids (also not an option for me – bad reaction), are there other treatments? (Also, can’t take Allegra….believe it or not, I’m allergic to it J).Thanks in advance,Melissa
Hey there, this is Kitt. Hives and strep throat can go together.
An episode of hives may last from a few minutes to several hours to several days to several weeks. Each individual welt should last no more than 24 hours.
You have a complicated history so discovering what is causing the hives will not be easy. I hope you get rid of your hives soon.
Please let us know if you are able to pin point the cause of the hives.