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Posted by Mary on March 08, 2000 at 10:20:46:

In Reply to: Any allergy sleuths out there? posted by Jeff on March 07, 2000 at 19:08:21:

: When I was 21 years old I started breaking out in hives (head to toe) about once or twice a year. The hives last 5 to 6 days then disappear for 6 to 12 months. I am now 34 years old and there has been no significant deviation from this pattern except that the hives have grown steadily worse. A dose pack helps alot (methylprednisolone) but without it on a bad day I need to take around 450 to 500 mg of benedryl just to keep the hives at a tolerable level. Non-drowsey antihistimines don't help. I have kept a careful record of each outbreak noting foods, activities, locations, and seasons when the hives start and have never found a common factor. I have noticed that several times the hives started within a day or two of beginning an exercise routine but I don't break out every time I exercise. One more clue, and I don't know if this is common or not, my hives disappear when I sleep. Any insights? Anyone in a similar situation?

I assume you have seen an allergist for testing. If not that is the first place to start. It seems to me like it should be something you obviously come in contact with when you are up and about since this goes away when you are in bed. I have no suggestions except to work with an allergist at tracking down the cause.

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