Because of my illnesses, I'm super conscientious (sp?) on drinking more than enough water (at least I try, especially when people are sick around me), washing the hands, etc. I've added extra vitamin C to my daily supplements (well, extra..or maybe just added since OJ gives me a migraine) and the combination does seem to help.
I think the hives were kicked off by the sun (though my husband laughs at me on that idea). I seem to be extra sensitive to it the last 8-10 years...may be the various sun-sensitive meds I've been on or maybe the psoriatic arthritis. Etheir way, we had a heat wave last month after weeks of extreme dryness and we were in the desert, broke down, and I was stuck out in the sun with no suntan lotion, no shade, and a lot of heavy sandy wind. That night, my arms started itching...and the rest is history. So, regardless of what my husband thinks...SOMETHING from that afternoon in the sand and sun, kicked it off.
One of my rhuemy's talked about putting me on rituximab under a study, but I got too sick to switch at the time. I have really small veins, the remicade was such a chore for the nurses to give me b/c there were very few available areas on my arms. However, it's worth it the med works. I'll have to do my research on it. Thanks for the tip - it means a lot coming from someone who has had the same problems I have with the other meds.