Are you sure they're hives? Have you had a dermatologist or your rheumy take a look at them? If Benadryl or any other anti-hystamine didn't work, they might not be just your average hives!
Discoid lupus can present itself in many different forms, so it's important to get know exactly what you're dealing with. The fact that your cortisone cream worked better than the benadryl makes me wonder about them being more than just hives. Discoid lupus is often treated with cortisone cream.
Your description of the photosensitive rash is dead on! That's exactly how most people's sun rash will appear. So lather up in sunscreen and long sleeves this summer! I know, it sucks, but your health is worth it!
Hope this helps Jessica,
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Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder, libman sach's endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, food allergies
Prednisone, Imuran, Coumidin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, micronor, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus