Is there any cure for hives?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/17/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi everyone,

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.

Jenn eyes

hived out
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   Posted 6/4/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
hi , i've had hives for 15 yrs they will never go away so it seems.
but all we can do it try to prevent them form coming back so often so far..
i found that humidity relly breaks me out mold dust and even snow. realy high heat i no crazy but.. these are things i've found on my own doctors can't seen to find cause for them all my test that i've done came back clear.....

so keep watch when it gets rainy or humid .

try benadryl gel it helps some.

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   Posted 6/9/2006 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
my brother has hives and it hasnt got cured at all..he can only try to cut down relapses..

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   Posted 7/13/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from hives about every 5-7 years, and they last for 9 months to a year before they go away (along with lip and facial swelling).
I saw doctor after doctor, and all they'd do is give me claritin, etc.
The last time I had them in 2000/2001, I saw a new allergist in the town I lived.  He explained to me that sometimes your immune system and the histamines just go wacko, and the hives are not caused by any major thing/food, etc.  However, when I have them, certain foods will aggravate the hives and make them worse, but it's never the same food year to year.
Anyway, the medicine regimen he put me on really worked well.
A 10 mg. zyrtec tablet in the morning
A 10 mg. zyrtec tablet in the evening, along with a 10 mg. singulair tablet, and 100 mg. of doxepin. 
Doxepin is an antidepressant from the old days, and apparently it has a very good antihistimine effect. 
It worked wonders in clearing the hives or at least reducing them greatly when they were really bad.
If I stayed clear for a few weeks, I would reduce the doxepin dosage by 25 mg.; if clear another few weeks, reduce it another 25 mg., until I was only taking 25 mg. of doxepin at night, along with the other meds.
He said if I had another flare up, then to up the doxepin again to 100 mg., then reduce again as listed above.
I was so happy a doctor finally listened and knew what he was talking about, and got me on the right meds.  My family practice doctor also had me on the same regimen that year (minus the doxepin, but it was mentioned if I wanted it).
I was concerned the doxepin would affect me since it was an antidepressant.  He said if you're not depressed, then it won't affect you as far as that goes. 
It does, however, make you VERY drowsy, so you need to take it at night, and you can get a bit dizzy if you lift your head up too fast.  Other than that, I had no side effects from it.
Good luck.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 7/17/2006 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl and prednisone help me.
21 years old, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

Hive free at last
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   Posted 4/7/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you are going through. I suffered with hives daily for 5 or 6 years. I had been to the allergist over and over. They did allergy testing and put me on antihistamines and tried prednizone. None of them worked. Some did make the problem a little more under control but I still had hives daily. When I had some of my worst attacks and ended up at the emergency room I was not anywhere around the items that I was allergic to according to the allergy testing, so I didn't fee that allergies were really the problem. I would get hives from heat, from pressure, from stress and after tracking things I found that I had my worst problems during my monthly cycle. I knew that I was not going to ever get over this unless I tried to find my own answers. I was told that hives are just hard to track and I would just have to live with them. I started doing my own research and had an internalist who was very supportive of my quest for a cure. After much research and digging for information I decided to try a supplement that another doctor told me about. According to the research I had found I felt that it could be an immune and/or hormonal issue. I first started on an immune modulator that was made of all natural ingredients. It was made of something that comes from fruits and vegetables and also had muramyl peptides which are found in our bodies anyway. (An immune modulator is different from an immune enhancer in that it works to make your immune system work the way it is designed to work. Such as fighting off things we are allergic to etc. etc. ) I started on the supplement and within a week had a huge difference. I was thrilled. At the end of the month I ran out because I had forgotten to order the next month's supply. I thought I would just see what would happen and within a few days my hives returned.
So I ordered the next month's supply. Sure enough I started on the supplement and within a few days, my hives started to go away again. I still had some hives but nothing like before at least I could function better than before and was not having to take cold showers or worry about having to use my epi pen. When I first started the supplement I could not take the female formula, which had additional ingredients that help to support the female body. ( A formula is also available for men.) When I was done nursing my daughter I started the female/immune modulator and within a few weeks I was almost completely hive free. It was wonderful!!! We had been living from day to day wondering when I would be covered with hives and had to plan trips, activities, vacations etc around my hive condition. It is so nice now. I rarely get hives and have never had them cover even portions of my body as they did before. I have since gotten on the monthly mailing plan so I don't run out of the supplement anymore. If you have more questions feel free to contact me.

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   Posted 4/12/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
There are some allergies that don't show up in testing. I'm allergic to red dye number 40. You could try an elimination diet. Eat super bland food just to sustain living for a week or two and slowly add back in regular foods until you find the culprit.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 4/25/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
There is also a rare disease called Chronic Hives.
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   Posted 4/25/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   

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. cry 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 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!!  shakehead  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! smilewinkgrin 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.  confused Sorry I've not been a lot of help, but please let me know what you find out!! God Bless.


Alaina - age 26
Ulcerative Colitis-- Diagnosed when I was 16. (It has it's ups and downs)
Chronic Hives (my newest endeavor) :)
Current Meds:
Prednisone (30 mg and tapering was on 80 mg --for hives, not UC (but my UC is great right now because of the prednisone)), Xyzal (every 12 hours), Atarax (every 6 hours), Pepcid (every 12 hours), Doxepin (at bed time), Levothyroxine (.50 mg), and Ativan if needed, but I haven't really used it. I also have been loving Aveeno Oatmeal bath, and their calimine lotion when all else fails!
How did I go from being on no meds 3-4 weeks ago, to being on all of this now??? Just crazy!!  :)

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   Posted 4/28/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I got hives once. They were cured with a shot of cortisone.

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December 08 - Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)

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   Posted 4/28/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
 try checking your thyiod mine was hyper and that helped

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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
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hives b gone!
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hive free at last,
What supplement did you take?

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   Posted 2/20/2013 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried numerous medical and natural treatments for hives. The one product that has been miraculous for preventing my hives are VS-C Chinese Herbs by Nature's Sunshine. I rarely have hive outbreaks with VS-C, antihistamines like Zyrtec, and avoiding triggers (processed foods, preservatives, heat).

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   Posted 9/30/2014 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had hives 2 years back (I do not know what caused it) and no doctor could cure it. Then my sisters who live in China advised me to take Vitamins cos usually skin allergies happen due to lack of vitamins. And so I took vitamin E, C and multi-vit. and in just 3 months time, I was cured of hives. So, according to my experience, all these allegra and other anti-allergy meds prescribed by docs didnt help at all. And now its been 3 years and am hives-free. And the best thing about vitamins are there are no side-effects. Please try this remedy for your hives. Who knows it could work!

Candy Dcosta
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   Posted 10/10/2014 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Drink herbal teas for a natural hive treatment.Chamomile tea, Green tea are commonly used by people to treat hives.
Aloe Vera helps the effected skin to heal quicker and decreases the chances of hives developing on unaffected areas.
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