HELP!!! My whole family is breaking out in hives

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   Posted 6/2/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I started breaking out in hives 3 months ago now my brother and mom are too.
There all over our arms and legs. They itch really bad and and are the size of a mosquito bite.
We can get up to ten at a time and they last for a few days.
What could it possibly be that's giving my hole family hives/rash.

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   Posted 6/2/2010 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
More then likely it's a insect bite of some kind such as bed bugs. You should have an exterminator come out just to see if you have an infestation.
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   Posted 6/2/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
new soap? new laundry detergent?


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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto the above. If you recently changed your detergents, that could definitely be the culprit. New fabric softener? Bed bugs are nasty little things too. Try checking your bedrooms for them. You can check google and find photos of what they look like. That will help you determine what you've got going.

Did you move into a new home? Have you tried new foods recently? Have you been swimming a lot lately? Some people may be sensitive to chlorine?

Keep a diary - food and environmental - of what you do and when it occurs and where on the body, etc... That might help you find why this is occurring.

Good luck!

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   Posted 6/8/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a lot of allergies and one was dust which caused a runny nose.  Then, I had the bright idea to put our furnace blower on a timer to help circulate the heat from our wood stove ( we heated with wood).  Shortly thereafter, I started getting hives.  They went away when we stopped using the furnace blower.  I have also got them from foods and think they often are from something getting inside you.  (Breathed in the dust with the blower on).  I'm a believer in NAET and they can easily determine causes of hives, allergies, etc. without skin tests. 

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 6/28/2010 6:41:09 AM (GMT-6)

hives b gone!
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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
drink lots of water too-8 cups per day. my allergist says being dehydrated doesn't cause chronic hives but i think it can't hurt to flush toxins out of your body.
hives b gone!
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   Posted 9/8/2015 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My family is experiencing the same thing. Breaking out in hives. Looks like patches of mosquito bites and super itchy. It isn't bed bugs, had an exterminator check. It isn't detergents or soaps, we changed and re-washed everything. No idea what it is, but it seems to be worse at our house. We went out of town this weekend and they were better, came back and everyone is bad again. We have been to the doctor who suggested we take claritin 24hr, or something like that, 2 times a day instead of just once. It did seem to help, but did not get rid of them. We are going on 3 weeks of that much medicine and I don't want to keep doing that. Could really use some answers.

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   Posted 9/8/2015 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
To make sure they arent bed bugs take a closer look, if the bites all follow a horizontal line (usually 3 or 4 bites in a row) then I'm afraid thats what they are, I picked them up in Australia years ago, and they are hard to get rid of and very itchy. Other than that I would look at a few other things, like maybe your water supply has become contaminated, perhaps a water filter jug might be worth considering. Its a horrible situation as your whole family is involved, and so I do hope you can discover what the problem is!
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