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Old 10-11-2008, 04:34 AM   #1
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hives and coughing

My daughter is 4 years old. Three weeks ago, after taking a walk, I gave her a bedtime bath and noticed she had red marks on her stomach and legs - frightening looking (as if she had bruises). About 1 minute later they were completely gone. Called pharmacist, gave her children's benadryl - called Pediatrician next morning - told me to give her Benadryl, may last a few days. A week and a half later, still these hives (a bit less, but still consistent). Then they seemed to have developed into a serious skin sensitivity. If she touched her face, even with a toy -she would develop a huge hive, which would dissipate quickly. When I picked her up to put her in the bathtub, you could see the imprint of where my hands had been on her skin. Her pediatrician (which she saw a few days later) told me that she wasn't allergic to any one thing, but was having allergies and to give her zyrtec and consult with an allergist. She has an allergist appointment in a few days, but I was told they can only help in 10% of cases. Also, her pediatrician wanted to give her a full round of vaccinations - which I declined until I know what is going on with her skin for fear she would have a huge negative reaction. A few days after her hives began, she developed a mild cough. Her pediatrician said it may be just a cold or virus - but I am not convinced. The ONLY symptoms she has had is the hives and now the cough that has developed into a really bad cough that sounds like she is congested, especially at night - waking her up. She never had a fever, no runny nose, nothing except the hives and the cough. Also, she has never had any type of allergies before (except an allergic reaction to Amoxycillan which also produced hives). That is why I feel she actually came into contact with something that produced an allergic reaction rather than just having allergies, but I am not knowledgeable about any of this. Is this normal? Will the allergist be able to help with the cough? What should I do?

 
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: hives and coughing

My daughter, 7, has the same thing right now. Sounds like an allergy cough and hives that come and go. Has been going on 11 days. Have tried 4 antihistimines and she is currently on a course of steroids. How did yours turn out? Any cause ever found?

 
Old 10-19-2009, 06:11 AM   #3
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Re: hives and coughing

My son is 5 and has had a two episodes of hives within for the last month. When he first got them they came out of no where and we had to take to hospital for three days. Now they are back (less severe - but we are on our 2nd week) and he is coughing. The doctors keep asking us about his diet and we are eliminating things but the only constants with these break outs is he shows symptoms of a cold before and during the breakout. Yesterday morning his cough was much more pronounced and by the end of the day he had very large hives. He is on Benadryl but they seem to never fully go away with benadryl. Today after a full round of Benadryl he looks much better but I'm taking him in to doctor - I'm guessing steroids are next. They also suspected walking pneumonia at the hospital but all the x-rays came back inconclusive.

 
Old 10-23-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
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Re: hives and coughing

There are very many things that can cause hives. Of course there are the allergies, to foods, environment, medications, etc. The cough can be related to the hives or simply a coincidence. Is there something new in the house that your child is being exposed to? a detergent? body soap? shampoo? a new juice? it can be anything. My son on several occasions has broken out into hives/huge welts for no reason, after process of elimination the allergist realized that he gets viral uticaria, he can be exposed to a virus and this is the way his body reacts. It is truly complicated. Try to write things down, what your child eats, drinks, the soaps you use, etc. good luck.

 
Old 10-25-2009, 06:21 AM   #5
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The allergy doctors believe my five year old is allergic to a virus he had given his symptoms. Two weeks after getting off prednosone from the initial reaction the hives came back. This seems to fall in line with viral allergy as the steriod gets out of your system the body continues its reaction. There were other symptoms he had that were not typical of a food allergy or textile allergy too. They are now doing blood work to analyze the exact virus and/or figure out if its the antigens or antibodies he is allergic to (I'm hearing this second hand from my wife so my accuracy may not be the best but generally speaking this is what is happening). They adjusted his medication and now the hives are gone but he is not cured. We find out in two weeks what the blood work indicates and then the doctors will adjust the treatment from there. Hopefully this is one time thing but it can take months for him to get over this. Hopefully the blood work concurs with the diagnosis and we can get over this thing!

 
Old 10-26-2009, 05:06 AM   #6
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We are on 4 weeks of the hives. My 7 year old has had 3 days without and then will break out. No new foods, detergents, body soaps etc. she completed a course of steroids and is still taking allegra twice a day. She tested a "light positive" for flu the first time she broke out but developed only a cough...no other symptoms. I really think this is viral. We put her on a high dose of vitamin c and it seems to help control them. If it is a reaction to a virus, it could go on for month. We shall see.

 
Old 01-25-2010, 11:33 PM   #7
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Re: hives and coughing

My daughter is 6 years old and is going through the same thing. Coughing at night and hives in various places on her body. The hives seem to subside with a dose of Benadryl but do not go away completely. Has anyone had any success in helping their children overcome this increasingly troublesome issue?

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Old 01-28-2010, 10:54 AM   #8
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Re: hives and coughing

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My daughter is 6 years old and is going through the same thing. Coughing at night and hives in various places on her body. The hives seem to subside with a dose of Benadryl but do not go away completely. Has anyone had any success in helping their children overcome this increasingly troublesome issue?
My son's hives (see earlier post from quest73) ended up being related to walking pneumonia and his body was reacting to it - to the point we had to take him to the hospital and they concluded after three days it had to be allergy related but at the time they didn't know why. Your situation sounds similar. It took two weeks to get an appointment but when we took him to the allergist they didn't do the 'shot tests' to see if the hives were food related because he was on Benadryl and Steriods. But they were able to run some blood work tests to see if his hives were being caused by a virus or bacteria infection. Those tests are what came back telling us it was related to the bacteria that causes pneumonia although previous screens for pneumonia kept coming back inconclusive and his 'cold' symptoms were not that bad. So he actually got over the pneumonia without any help.

After 3 to 4 months of varying intensity of hives they have finally gone way but it took a steriods and benadryl to keep the hives under control during that time. Good Luck!

 
Old 02-05-2010, 06:19 AM   #9
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Re: hives and coughing

Hives or Urticaria caused by excessive production of histamines inside our bodies.
Histamines are a natural response of our system and it means that our body is trying to communicate with us .It is actually a blessing in disguise as our body is trying to warn us and trying to get our attention asking us to make some modification in lifestyle so we can avoid more serious and deadly diseases such as cancers. If we keep ignoring these signals we maybe on our way to bigger health problems. Just suppressing the histamines by taking anti-histamines is not a good approach. You must understand why your body suddenly started to produce more histamines and causing these allergy symptoms.
In most cases of Chronic Urticaria or hives the cause is very simple " Chronic Dehydration".or in simple words “ Chronic shortage of Water inside a body", A groundbreaking research on this topic has done 20 years ago already by a great doctor Dr. F. Batmanghelidj and published in various medical journals but unfortunately this is not a money making deal for many government agencies as well as drug making companies so they rather not discuss about these findings. Imagine what money they are making if people just start curing themselves with plain water. It would be a nightmare for them but fortunately the cure for Hives is simple as it is.
Histamines are part of our immune system and they are responsible for various important tasks in a human body including fighting viruses and bacteria. The one most important task of histamines is water management and regulation inside our system .A human body has a very sophisticated water management system and almost every organ in our bodies needs water to work properly.
Remember 75% of a human body consist on water and needs a 2 quart of water daily to perform essential tasks inside our system. This amount of water is essential and every major organ, cell and tissue requires water to function properly, The water we lose through urine, sweating , breathing, skin etc should be replenished and replaced on daily basis. A stable immune system is highly dependable on fully hydrated cells. When the cells are dehydrated your immune system goes haywire and set a perfect stage for diseases, secondly our bodies have a natural detoxification system which will not work properly or entirely without enough water and this will cause all kind of allergies and diseases including cancers.Imagine flushing a toilet with insufficient amount of water it wouldn't work. Same applies to a human body.

Due to modern age lifestyle, Alcohol( major factor) excessive amount of caffeine and other dehydrating foods and liquids used in our daily lives causes a severe drought inside our bodies. This is called " Chronic Cellular Dehydration", When body does not have enough supply of water naturally it releases these histamines to deal with water shortage and you get those hives as well as weird and unexplainable allergies as a result. In medical language it is called “idiopathic" by some idiots.
None of any health problem is idiopathic almost all of the modern age disease are caused by some reasons and mostly it is chronic dehydration.

In a significant majority of patients a heartburn or other stomach ailments can be an initial sign of chronic dehydration and in most cases Urticaria is accompanied by gastrointestinal problems. Acid reflux occurs when stomach does not have enough water to break down the food so it produces more and more acid to dissolve food.This is another topic and i will not go into details here.
Just remember taking antacid or PPI ( proton pump inhibitors ) is the worst thing you can do to your body.Try to avoid them as much as possible.


Here is the simple cure for Hives and other chronic ailments.

1. Start the process of rehydrating your body with 8 glasses of pure water per day ( two glasses of water every 3 hrs).
Water is natural “antihistamine”. When your body has enough amount of water it will stop releasing excessive amount of histamines which means no hives.
Juices or any other beverages do not count as water, Use ONLY PLAIN WATER,

2. Stop alcohol, caffeine and sodas. they dehydrate your body . Rehydrating process will not work if you do not eliminate alcohol completely and decrease the intake of caffeine to lowest or eliminate from your diet at all.

3. Use some salt( preferably unrefined sea salt), pinch for a glass or 3 grams for 10 glasses of water.( if you have a blood pressure talk to your doctor before adding the salt to the water).
When you start drinking more water you have more urine output that is why salt is important with more water intake so your body does not get depleted by essential minerals and sodium.
If possible get a good quality mineral supplement and take it on daily basis.

Remember your body is dehydrated for years so hydration is not possible in a day or two, Do not rush and Do not overdo it, Go slowly, be patient and persistent, it will take few weeks or so to fully hydrate however you will start to feel the effects in two weeks or so and will be free of hives and allergies completely in 4-8 weeks time plus your body will get rid of toxins and your overall health will improve with fresh and glowing skin.
Give it a try and you have nothing to lose.

For any kind of persistent infections or colds you may try Oil of Oregano. it works wonders. Should be of good quality and brand though.

Hope this will help.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:27 AM   #10
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Re: hives and coughing

The above reply i posted is about Hives in adults.
For the children cure is same and same rules will apply but with little modifications.
Eliminate sodas and all other beverages from their diet. Sodas can dehydrate badly , avoid orange juice,. it containes lots of potassium which may contribute to asthma like symptoms.
Increase thier water intake significantly and monitor the results.

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Old 02-06-2010, 10:41 AM   #11
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Re: hives and coughing

Thank You ! Your post was very helpful! I was very leary about using anti-histamines every 4 hours as suggested by my daughter's pediatrician. Especially without a firm diagnosis. Your post makes a lot of sense. I do feel like we could improve my daughter's hydration and I plan to incorporate more plain water in her diet in the future.

 
Old 02-25-2010, 07:06 PM   #12
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Re: hives and coughing

I have had a terrible post nasal drip cough for several months. On top of that I have had a bout with hives. They tend to come and go. My doctor/allergist put me on Singular, Zyrtec, Allegra, Nasonex and Zantac. The hive have subsided some but extreme temperature changes (especially cold) will cause them to return. Today was the first time in a few weeks that the hive have returned full force and the cause is unknown. I believe a big part of my problem is stress. I have a exstrememly stressful demanding job. I am going to take your advice and try to rehydrate myself. I will let you know how it goes.

 
Old 02-26-2010, 02:42 AM   #13
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Re: hives and coughing

SAWME, Unintentional Chronic Dehydration ( UCD) exposes body to all sort of infections and allergies. Your symptoms sounds like a sinus infection or inflammation due to nasal allergy which may be the cause of your nasal back drip and hives.
Antihistamines you have mentioned will further dry up or thickened your body fluids including the mucus and will make it more difficult to expectorate.
For the nasal back drip I strongly recommend Nasal irrigation, you may try Dr.Grossan Nasal Irrigator, it is very easy and convenient to use and does not cause any discomfort. It will wash away all the bacteria and mucus out of your sinuses and will cure your nasal back drip.
To sooth your throat you may gargle with slightly salted warm water three times a day ,
Drink Ginger tea atleast two times a day specially before bed time with some honey added to it. Ginger is an excllent natural expectorant as well as an anti inflammatory. For the inflamation of nasal passage and sinuses you may also add Pulmicort Nasal Aqua Spray (budesonide) to your treatment plan, it is non-steroidal nasal spray and significantly decrease the inflammation in sinuses and nasal passage thus reducing the nasal back drip and helping with your cough although you may have to wait for few days before you start to see the results because it does not act like a steroid spray which gets to work immediately but comes with many serious side effects instead it is more therapeutical , gradual and better approach to control the inflamation for long term with lot less side effects.
Oil of oregano will help you eradicate any chronic sinus infection or allergies and remember to increase your water intake to fully hydrate and flush your system. Increased water intake will also help thins mucus ( phlegm).
Hope this will help.

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:18 PM   #14
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Re: hives and coughing

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Originally Posted by taiwanguy View Post
Hives or Urticaria caused by excessive production of histamines inside our bodies.
Histamines are a natural response of our system and it means that our body is trying to communicate with us .It is actually a blessing in disguise as our body is trying to warn us and trying to get our attention asking us to make some modification in lifestyle so we can avoid more serious and deadly diseases such as cancers. If we keep ignoring these signals we maybe on our way to bigger health problems. Just suppressing the histamines by taking anti-histamines is not a good approach. You must understand why your body suddenly started to produce more histamines and causing these allergy symptoms.
In most cases of Chronic Urticaria or hives the cause is very simple " Chronic Dehydration".or in simple words “ Chronic shortage of Water inside a body", A groundbreaking research on this topic has done 20 years ago already by a great doctor Dr. F. Batmanghelidj and published in various medical journals but unfortunately this is not a money making deal for many government agencies as well as drug making companies so they rather not discuss about these findings. Imagine what money they are making if people just start curing themselves with plain water. It would be a nightmare for them but fortunately the cure for Hives is simple as it is.
Histamines are part of our immune system and they are responsible for various important tasks in a human body including fighting viruses and bacteria. The one most important task of histamines is water management and regulation inside our system .A human body has a very sophisticated water management system and almost every organ in our bodies needs water to work properly.
Remember 75% of a human body consist on water and needs a 2 quart of water daily to perform essential tasks inside our system. This amount of water is essential and every major organ, cell and tissue requires water to function properly, The water we lose through urine, sweating , breathing, skin etc should be replenished and replaced on daily basis. A stable immune system is highly dependable on fully hydrated cells. When the cells are dehydrated your immune system goes haywire and set a perfect stage for diseases, secondly our bodies have a natural detoxification system which will not work properly or entirely without enough water and this will cause all kind of allergies and diseases including cancers.Imagine flushing a toilet with insufficient amount of water it wouldn't work. Same applies to a human body.

Due to modern age lifestyle, Alcohol( major factor) excessive amount of caffeine and other dehydrating foods and liquids used in our daily lives causes a severe drought inside our bodies. This is called " Chronic Cellular Dehydration", When body does not have enough supply of water naturally it releases these histamines to deal with water shortage and you get those hives as well as weird and unexplainable allergies as a result. In medical language it is called “idiopathic" by some idiots.
None of any health problem is idiopathic almost all of the modern age disease are caused by some reasons and mostly it is chronic dehydration.

In a significant majority of patients a heartburn or other stomach ailments can be an initial sign of chronic dehydration and in most cases Urticaria is accompanied by gastrointestinal problems. Acid reflux occurs when stomach does not have enough water to break down the food so it produces more and more acid to dissolve food.This is another topic and i will not go into details here.
Just remember taking antacid or PPI ( proton pump inhibitors ) is the worst thing you can do to your body.Try to avoid them as much as possible.


Here is the simple cure for Hives and other chronic ailments.

1. Start the process of rehydrating your body with 8 glasses of pure water per day ( two glasses of water every 3 hrs).
Water is natural “antihistamine”. When your body has enough amount of water it will stop releasing excessive amount of histamines which means no hives.
Juices or any other beverages do not count as water, Use ONLY PLAIN WATER,

2. Stop alcohol, caffeine and sodas. they dehydrate your body . Rehydrating process will not work if you do not eliminate alcohol completely and decrease the intake of caffeine to lowest or eliminate from your diet at all.

3. Use some salt( preferably unrefined sea salt), pinch for a glass or 3 grams for 10 glasses of water.( if you have a blood pressure talk to your doctor before adding the salt to the water).
When you start drinking more water you have more urine output that is why salt is important with more water intake so your body does not get depleted by essential minerals and sodium.
If possible get a good quality mineral supplement and take it on daily basis.

Remember your body is dehydrated for years so hydration is not possible in a day or two, Do not rush and Do not overdo it, Go slowly, be patient and persistent, it will take few weeks or so to fully hydrate however you will start to feel the effects in two weeks or so and will be free of hives and allergies completely in 4-8 weeks time plus your body will get rid of toxins and your overall health will improve with fresh and glowing skin.
Give it a try and you have nothing to lose.

For any kind of persistent infections or colds you may try Oil of Oregano. it works wonders. Should be of good quality and brand though.

Hope this will help.
For Hives and coughing,"Taiwanguy" is so very very right about what he said in his post.I never had allergy problems before but suddenly out of blue I developed hives in early nov.2010 which was itchy like crazy,big irregular on almost every part of my body accompanied with cough,nasal congestion,flu.I went to the doctor,he just gave me anti-histamines and an injection to relieve the symptoms but he couldn't pinpoint exactly the cause and he advised me to eat one thing at a time to see if its food allergy or something.Anti-histamines just relieved the itch a bit but raised red bumps were so visible on my skin.I also developed some swelling on my hands feet and eyes sometimes.I tried to eliminate foods and everything but still I couldn't wake up without some several number of hives.Little did I know that I wasn't taking ENOUGH WATER nor taking too much salt in my foods.The night before last night I was kind of okay,I did not have that much hives with me and was a little happy.In the evening I ate out,I had a chicken but it was a bit salty to my taste but i really craved for it so I ate it.Before I finished it Hives started to break out and was soo Itchy and i was feeling soo thirsty!..I took 8oz. of water at once and paaw!..i was relieved and the hives started to cool down.That is when i figured out that I wasn't taking ENOUGH WATER and had was consuming too much salt.The following morning which was yesterday,I woke up with swollen lips.No hives at any part of the body but the lips are as swollen as sausages.I did continue to drink enough water and having fresh fruits and veggies.In 2hrs,the lips were as normal as usual and had NO HIVES neither cough whole day.Yesterday I drank about 3.5litres of water.I woke up today with hives free and cough free as well.I was browsing over the internet to share my experiences and that is when I came accross this post.I advise all the people with allergy symptoms to give a short to the post from taiwanguy because It is soooo true.Stay blessed all,remember you have got only one body to live for.No replacement so take a good care of it.

 
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