I have been suffering with a chronic case of hives for 5 years. I have been to 5 doctors and no one can figure out what causes my hives. I am now at a dermatologist/internist one of the top doctors in the nation and he can not even cure my hives. I am on so many medications (cyclosporine, cyproheptadine,ranitidine, allegra d and hydroxidine). I am tired of being on all these medicines so I am now trying this chem free technique. You buy new clothes, bedding and towels from stores that have not prewashed their items in laundry detergent (victoria secret and wild oats). Wash these clothes in baking soda only for 8 weeks. Let your clothes air dry instead of putting them in the dryer. This is suppose to break down your immune system and get rid of the hives. I have tried this for a week and so far it is working. Right now I am not taking cyclosporine and taking my meds only once a day instead of twice. I have a few hives on my face, but they are tolerable. I am also not exercising right now b/c I know I will flare up from the heat. If anyone has any good ideas that have worked for them let me know. Thanks.
Hi there! I too know exactly what you are going through. about 3 1/2 weeks ago (April 1st to be exact), I started getting hives completely out of no where. I've been to a few different specialists, and they just look at me in awe..and have really no answer. They actually did a biopsy this last week to check for I don't know what, but the hives still haven't disappeared for me. Today though was the first morning where I didn't wake up with them all over me. So that was great!! Below is a list of the current meds I'm on, and like someone mentioned above..my immunologist just put me on doxepin. So far (3 days now) I've been taking it and I love the way it is working. I'm actually getting some great sleep and I feel great in the morning. I just take 25mg at bed time. I think it's helping. I too though would not like to be on all of these meds!! I went from just being on levothyroxine 3 1/2 weeks ago to now being on all of these!! I feel like my body is wigging out!! So I know exactly how you feel. Please let me know if you do find a cure! I did hear that being put on a drug called Ridaura (gold) worked for a friend of my mother's because she had the same hive problem happen to her, and it did away with them. She saw specialist after specialist, and finally they sent her to an immunologist in Tampa, FL who specializes in hives, and he cured her. She's never had a problem since, accept once, he put her back on Ridaura, and she's never had them again. I asked my immunologist about it, and she didn't know. So I don't know. Sorry I've not been a lot of help, but please let me know what you find out!! God Bless.
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