I too have the same problem as you with hives on my arms and fingers. Thats the only place that has them so far. When i went to my doctor, he too gave me some Prednisone and when i went to a dermatologist he gave me a prescription for some lidex cream. In a few weeks, i have an appointment with an allergist
Have you been exposed to anything new? How long has yours been going on for?
I wonder if it's a similar thing causing them for us.
never been exposed to anything new. I had it for a few months already and it was very noticeable too when i am at work . During the last month of march, i had a bright red burning swollen rash on my arm. Lucky the prednisone took care of that. Currently, there is some red spots here and there but they are not itchy or anything like that
i think i am allergic to dust or something related to electronics. I work in IT,and i noticed after charging a few parts in a computer the top of my right hand started to get all red and the skin started to look very dry and cracked. My left hand is ok ..hmm
For me it turned out to be scabies that caused a rash under the skin, scabies doesn't go away own its on and you need Permethrin 5 percent cream prescribed by a physician to cure it. Within 24 hours off applying it you'll notice that your itching has dramatically reduced. Check the symptoms for scabies and see if they fit yours and never be afraid to see a specialist, the problem wont go away on its own and tends to cause even more damage over time.
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I have had hives for over one year. The initial cause is unknown, and just a few months ago I was experiencing swelling of my lips. I have tried numerous medical and natural treatments for hives. The one product that has been miraculous for preventing my hives are VS-C by Nature's Sunshine. As long as I take the VS-C Chinese herbs 16 times a day, use my antihistamines like Zyrtec and avoid triggers like preservatives and getting too hot, I remain either free of hives or have mild, short and localized outbreaks.
DanielleRT I know it's been over a year since you posted, but I was wondering if they ever determined what was causing your hives. I am going through the EXACT same thing right now. I've had hives for 8 weeks and NOTHING is working. I've been on prednisone, allegra, as well as ointments. I would love to know what you found out!
I suffer from dermatographic urticaria...it is a form of hives that has no known pathogen. I get itchy and have hives and my skin gets red and raised in areas that are touched, scratched, or rubbed. Antihistamines work of but mega doses of vitamin C work very well to.
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I am going through a living nightmare right now with hives and the repercussions of going off Zyrtec that I took for 6 months to control the hives. I exposed myself to too much cold air when I lost my power during Hurricane Sandy last fall, plus my acid reflux got really bad and I did not take anything for it and tried to treat it naturally. This past April after tapering off the Zyrtec, I went off and had a lot of blood work and allergy tests that came back healthy. I started to develop weird reactions to eating after a few weeks off the Zyrtec and it got progressively worse. I added Zantac H-2 blocker but that was not enough and I was advised to take Prilosic after a scoping of my throat showed it looked burnt. I have to throw in the towel and get back to an H-1 antihistamine as I am still itchy inside and getting some hives. But more importantly I did not know that the H-1 also controls the histamine that can cause the stomach to over produce acid. My problem is whether to take Claritin or go back to the Zyrtec. There are so many scary stories online of not being able to ever get off it, yet I am not sure the Claritin is going to work. I am so confused and upset as I hate to take any med's but all of the natural remedies are not working. Any one have any thoughts on Zyrtec or Claritin? My Allergist said that in healthy people you should take the antihistimine until the hives are supressed and they may just disappear in time. I feel like I am covering up a problem. But I did read that once histamine is released in the body for an infection or something, it can take a long time to calm down. Susan
Hi, I was reading your post and saw your hives. They look just like mine, and yes mine are mainly due to dust mites and animal shedding. I refuse to give up my dog and cat, as this has been a life long problem (well for 15 years anyway). I was taking 2 tabs of benedryl twice a day and a zyrtec once a day for the last month that the hives flared up and are debilitating to my daily activity....
I also have severe allergies to medication that cause my hives to look like they do now. But they also cause my throat to close. My doctor recently prescribed me medthylprednisolone (a steriod) to take for 6 days on top of my already dosage of benedryl and zyrtec. Not sure how it will work as I have never done it before and just started, but I am at my wits end with the itching and annoyance and embarrassment. Usually in the winter months when my skin is dryer and I am wearing pants, the hives flare up this badly due to dry skin. But yes, cat dander and dust mites can cause some nasty reactions! i suggest a mattress and pillow cover, i even vaccume my mattress and box spring about once a month, more if my symptoms come back. I dust every week and can almost consider myself OCD about it. If that helps at all, I hope you get better soon!