I get hives for no reason???
Or, maybe there is a reason...I don't know. I'll let you decide.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been experiencing severe itching on random patches of my body. It itches so badly, I break into hives. I try my best not to scratch. I manage not to scratch until I'm raw, but I still make the area quite pink...
At first it was just on my legs and in the evenings, then a few days later it was my back too, and happened in the afternoon on and off, now it's at random times throughout the day AND night, waking me up, and it's everywhere! I was at work today, and I developed two big hives out of nowhere on my eyelid and jaw! What's going on?!
I don't use harsh or cheap laundry/body soaps, I only wear cotton, and I have had dry skin for years but I have NEVER experienced this. For medications I take Effexor XR (since July 2005, 75mg/day), and Ortho Tri-Cyclen pills since May 2003.
I would also like to mention that once the itching goes away, the pink colour and hives go away too. My skin does not appear abnormal or severely dry anywhere, at any time other than when it's currently itching. I don't have ingrown hairs on my legs, I don't have any STDs or signs of herpes zoster, I don't have acne, I don't sweat too much....I just don't get it. What else could cause this?!
Am I the only one confused or is everyone else who reads this confused too?
Please help if you can!