In my 6th week with hives.

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Hibee
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   Posted 10/30/2014 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All

I am usually found over in the anxiety/panic forum where I am one of the Moderators.

For the last 6 weeks I have been suffering with hives and they are driving me up the wall as I don't know what is causing them??

I went to the doctor 4 weeks ago and she prescribed me Loratadine & Cetirizine which are antihistamines and they do help reduce the itching and the hives go after a couple of hours. When I first got them they were all over my body but now I just seem to get little outbreaks??

I wake up and usually there are no hives but buy the time I have had breakfast I usually have a small outbreak of hives either on my elbows, hands, feet or knees and sometimes on my lower trunk. My doctor said that they usually run their course over a period of 6 weeks and if things had not cleared up to go back and see her (I have an appointment with her next week).

I am really hoping that this does not become a chronic condition and that they stop soon. I know that stress/anxiety can cause hives and I am wondering if that may be the reason??. I have also been taking Echinacea and drinking Nettle tea as I had read these can help reduce the hives.

Any input on this would be appreciated.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

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wallsal55
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   Posted 10/30/2014 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have severe food allergies and had skin testing done with an ENT. I also went on to do testing for foods with SageMedLabs.com I can not eat celery (hives) and a list of 21 other foods. Don't let that scare you off, because 11 of those foods I do not like that well. Also, my dr. prescribed Hydroxyzine HCL 25mg. tablet for an antihistamine.
If you fall asleep after a meal, a good sign of food allergies. I used to do that after eating and then go to bed at 7pm every night. With treatment, I take fewer naps and can stay awake in this 59 yr. old body until 10 sometimes! A kind dermatologist was in on my recovery, too. He actually did a teeny biopsy to see what my skin was trying to fight off--so I got this nice little tube of ointment. GONE! I have also taken allergy drops from my ENT. Do not let the cost of any of this scare you off--this is your life ! [Allergy drops WORK ! yeah

Post Edited (wallsal55) : 10/30/2014 1:36:00 PM (GMT-6)


Hibee
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   Posted 10/30/2014 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wallsal

Thanks for your reply I think that I need to see an allergist to try and find out what is causing these dam hives. I read that in 85% of chronic hives sufferers that no cause can be found is this true?

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 90mg Duloxetine, 250mg Tramadol, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day , Tamazepam 20mg

Sally Walker
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   Posted 10/31/2014 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
You could have been developed allergic reaction to food. Dairy products and acidic foods are commonly the culprits. You are also right that stress and anxiety is a big factor for the occurrence of skin allergy. Harsh soaps and skin creams can also worsen the condition.

Hibee
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   Posted 10/31/2014 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sally

Cheers for your reply I have changed the soap I use to a more natural one I think you could be right with regards to food allergy as when I wake up I have no hives and then by the time I finish my breakfast I have the hives come back. I am seeing my doctor on Tuesday so will see what they say hopefully they will run some tests and refer me to an allergist

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 90mg Duloxetine, 250mg Tramadol, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day , Tamazepam 20mg

Sally Walker
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   Posted 11/3/2014 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hibee,

Just update us about your visit to your doctor. Hope that you will overcome your problem soon. =)

Hibee
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   Posted 11/5/2014 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I had my doctors appointment yesterday and they are going to do some blood tests and told me to continue with the antihistamines so i'm still no further forward in identifying what is causing the hives? She did say it might be possible that I have become allergic to one of the medication I have been taking but I have been on these for a long time so not sure about that?

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 90mg Duloxetine, 250mg Tramadol, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day , Tamazepam 20mg

Hibee
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   Posted 11/15/2014 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
An update


My hives seem to have cleared up but 2 days ago I started to get a red rash spread across my chest and back. The rash looks like small red spots but flat to touch and some of the spots have joined together to form a larger patch of red it is not as itchy as the hives and when you press the spots they disappear but come back when you take your finger off. Could this rash also be allergy related? I had the results of my blood tests which came back all clear apart from my WBC was ever so slightly low so they want me to re test in 4 weeks.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 90mg Duloxetine, 250mg Tramadol, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day , Tamazepam 20mg
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