Suffering from hives, no idea what to do :(

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RW1992
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   Posted 5/2/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, my name is Rodger and I am 19 years old. I too have recently started to suffer from hives, although I have not been to the doctor to have it properly diagnosed (No health insurance) from my research around forums and other sites i strongly believe that I am suffering from chronic hives. This started for me back in the middle of February pf this year. It came on slow, just a few itchy bumps I thought nothing of, as time went on they progressively got worse. I have tried countless medicines mainly antihistamines, only few provide little relief and I have even tried other remedies such as changing diet and life style..no avail. I feel as though all of my options have been exhausted. I am getting more and more frustrated, exhausted and embarrassed as time goes on. I have no where else to turn. The reason me posting here is because after reading a lot of your post and seeing some suffers of hives for 20+ years I want to know if this will ever clear up? I use to get random hand, feet, ankle, knee, and lip swelling but that hasn't happened for a very long time. My hives also seem to clear up around noon and appear again around 6pm, are these signs that my hives may be going away for good? Or will this actually end up getting the best of me?

cleo35
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   Posted 5/2/2012 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Roger: have you researched whether there are any free clinics or clinics with a sliding payment scale where you live? It's worth checking out when you in a situation like this with no insurance.

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   Posted 5/2/2012 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Roger, and I'm glad you joined us. Please also look into the depression forum and read the information posts at the tops of the pages. We're all family here and care about all our members.

Have you tried calling at least a family doctor to see what the charge would be? Regular doctors are often cheaper than the free-standing clinics. I know mine is about half.

Please keep a good diary of your diet and reactions. My journal helped me find my food sensitivities. My allergist had me keep it and I've continued for years. What are you eating for lunch, and where are you eating it? Maybe there's a connection.

Of course, we're not doctors, so we can't diagnose or prescribe anything. We can only say what has worked for us, and you may have something totally different.

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   Posted 5/5/2012 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Write down everything you eat and drink at the times too, and including timing of hives

do that for a few weeks and look to see if you have something in common like coffee, soda, chocolate, wine, so on it could be just a simple allergy you are injusting at those times and not for lunch
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RW1992
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   Posted 5/6/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again, thnk you everyone for the advice, I also wanted to add that besides the hives, I have been experiencing fatigue, loss of appetite, sore throat, and my tongue is growing a thick white coating all over it. Could this be something serious?

Alcie
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   Posted 5/8/2012 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi RW. The tongue and sore throat could be an infection, bacterial or fungal. We're not doctors, so I suggest you see one for that.

The fatigue could be an allergic reaction. But there are loads of things that could cause it, so first ask the doctor. Hopefully you are keeping your food journal and noting any timing of reactions. This could help a doctor figure out if you have an allergy, diabetes, chronic fatigue ....... I get mild nausea and fatigue from some of my food triggers.

I write down a very short summary of my problems, no more than a couple of sentences or a short list, along with anything I can think of that might be a contributing factor. That's what I gleen from my journal. Docs can't be expected to read the whole book. They will jump at the first thing you say, so make sure you put the most important thing first. If you see a nurse or assistant first, make sure you have your paper ready for her/him.

I hope you will see a doctor soon. It's an investment in your health.

OKBallfitter
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   Posted 5/29/2012 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Rodger,

I know what you're going through. My wife suffered from chronic hives for 1 year. Started out going to dermatologist. They wanted to medicate with junk such as steroids and antihistamines. None of them worked. Next step we went to an allergist and tested for food and environmental allergies, that came up negative. Even went to rheumatoid arthritis specialists and all came out negative. In the meantime my wife was suffering and the only thing I could do was pray. My sister in Austin recommended a homeopathic practioner in Austin. This lady requested my wife's bloodwork prior to her appointment. What she discovered was that her ph level was off the chart on the acidic side. She recommended some natural anti imflammatories plus something to cleanse her liver. The major factor causing the acidic level to be off the chart was twofold: constant bombardment of antibiotics for different things the past few years which broke down her immune system plus eating very acidic things which kept her off the charts on the acidic side. Within 24 hours of consulting with this lady, she showed a major improvement. Within 4 days she had no signs of hives! She is now following a strict diet that is void of acidic foods. You would be surprised what and how many foodstuffs are acidic. I would do my research on alkaline and acidic foods. You need to get your ph level on the alkaline side versus acidic so your immune system can function in harmony with your body to fight off infections.

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   Posted 6/25/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am 20 years old and although for 4 years I have known that I had bad allergies, I recently (this fall) developed asthma and have had much trouble with severe hives since January. I know break out daily, beginning on my feet, legs, knees, elbows and hands. I have pictures and a more thorough description of my troubles here: http://hypersensitivetolife.blogspot.com/

I received allergy injections for 2 1/2 years before this started, and after a year of them my sinus infections cleared up so I felt much healthier. Now I fear that somehow they made me even more hypersensitive to the allergens that bother me, instead of turning my immune system "off" when naturally exposed due to my body's tolerance from the injections (what is theorized).

I am at a loss. I'm beginning to consider autoimmune disease or sudden hypersensitivity to medications. I've kept a journal of everything but can find no correlations.

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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
RW, your symptoms (especially the tongue fuzz) are consistent with a massive, systemic yeast infection. A homeopathist might be your best bet to clear it up. Also, I believe that my own persistent hives and itchiness were at least in part due to a front-load washer that was NOT effective at rinsing out all the detergent. I switched to a top-loading Speed Queen which really gets all the soap out (even though I was using Free and Clear detergent), and my clothes are MUCH less irritating.

RW1992
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   Posted 6/30/2012 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for the support, and sharing. I am still struggling with the hives and random swelling, no doctors have been able to help me, I will try changing my diet to more alkaline foods and see where that takes me.

mr jones
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   Posted 7/4/2012 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all im 25 male and have had heat hives since new years, great start to the year i know lol anyway it started when i was playing on the kinect sports, my whole body felt like i had just been thrown in a stinging nettle bush, so i instantly panicked an was wondering what the hell is happening to me, my first reaction was to go to the sink and splash water over myself, then it slowly went anyway from that day i have had it since and i have been to the doctors plenty of times an they dont no anything so i gave up after trying countless antihistamines and a course of steroids that had no effect, i also quit the gym in jan because of the hives was just to much to handle but since the weather started to get better and i started to sweat my hives calmed down alot so recently i have joined back to the gym and have started to do fast paced walks on the tredmill, then i start to get a small amount of pricks wich last 5 to 10 minutes then after it passes i run for 5 and then i can lift weights without any hives bothering me, also i get better nights sleep as we all know we get itchy at night, so basically my cure is to SWEAT hope this helps.

Faith213
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   Posted 7/10/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd consider finding out if you can get a scratch test done. If you don't have a free clinic around your area then I would look for one of the small emergency clinics. They usually have a very low sliding fee, for example, a physical runs about $20 at most. It can be very dangerous if you're getting hives and don't know what they're from, I would suggest looking into finding somewhere to get a scratch test as soon as possible.

RW1992
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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried everything, changing my diet, drinking more water and becoming active. Nothing seems to work although the hives are not as bad as they were starting out, it still makes life difficult. Being in public and my lip suddenly grows 4 times it normal size. I just cant take the stares, questions, itching, swelling, pain, confusion, and depression any longer. I am becoming more and more depressed as the days go by. I try my hardest to get past it and keep my mind off of it. It just doesnt work, I am slowly losing my self and my will power.

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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
RW-I am sorry you are feeling this way. I do want you to know that my Mother has had this same problem as you. Her lip can randomly swell up and she also has the neverending hives. When she saw the allergist he immediately knew what it was and put her on three different medications. One being Allegra, one is an asthma medication and I'm not sure what the other one is. She is having some kind of auto-immune problem and she said she will have to take these three medications for up to three years for it to completely go away. I think you should try a different allergist because if its like what my Mother has it is treatable.
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RW1992
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   Posted 2/24/2014 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys So after the last post was made (sometime August 2012) My hives had disappeared just as quickly as they came, following into 2013 no sign of them! I had went a whole year with absolutely no sign of hives. But now they have returned out of nowhere with no change in any of my habits, they have even started at the same time they did in 2012 could this mean its a seasonal allergy?

RW1992
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   Posted 2/26/2014 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Please....I need help

RW1992
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   Posted 2/26/2014 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Please....I need help

Pretty_Imperfection
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   Posted 2/26/2014 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have Chronic hives with no reason what so ever. Mines went away while I was pregnant, just a few months ago, and when I gave birth in january, they came back, like the very second he was born. I dont know if it's seasonal because you said you had it for over a year? I think its on and off like mines were in the beginning. I got them back in 2011. They came and went for months. Then they became an everyday thing. I dont want to scare you but I think it may be an underlying problem that you have to dig for. Please don't wait long to do it. I have waited til now to seek help for it. Trust me these last 3 years have been horrid. Thank god I have a very understanding boyfriend that helps me with breakouts. Try looking into autoimmune diseases that have CIU as a symptom or something. Best of luck to you, I know that one year was wonderful without them.
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