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Old 06-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

I had hives for the first time approx 6 mths after giving birth to my 2nd daughter in 2006. During labour i continually had the highest dose available ministere through a drip to induce labour, i also had antibiotics every 2 hours during labour due to complications i had when my first daughter was born.
It was also approx 6mths after i had my 2nd daughter that i had an iud called the mirena fitted.
Was this that caused the hives? million dollar question

I breastfed for 13 mths so was unable to get any help or support for the hives as they wouldnt give me any meds to try.
I finally had enough and went to see dermatoligist who advised various antihistimines centrizine, plus many more including doxepin now here comes the weird bit alll antihistiimines make my hives flare up even worse does anyone else have this reaction and if so do you have any solutions im at my wits end doctors look at me as if im mad and just prescribe another antihistimine.

would love to hear from anyone else who can relate to the above

 
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

Medications given during labor probably would NOT cause hives 6 months later. I would look at causes much closer to when they began.

Now, if the antihistamines are making it worse, it may be you have a problem with one of the inactive ingredients in the antihistamine. Have you tried clear (dye-free) benadryl? Have you ever been tested for food allergies? (skin scratch and blood test are the only accurate methods.) Is there any particular pattern to the hives?

It's not the craziest thing I've heard. I have asthma, and some inhalers make my breathing worse. I just had to keep looking until I found one that didn't.

 
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:12 AM   #3
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

[QUOTE=janewhite1;4770506]Medications given during labor probably would NOT cause hives 6 months later. I would look at causes much closer to when they began.

Now, if the antihistamines are making it worse, it may be you have a problem with one of the inactive ingredients in the antihistamine. Have you tried clear (dye-free) benadryl? Have you ever been tested for food allergies? (skin scratch and blood test are the only accurate methods.) Is there any particular pattern to the hives?

It's not the craziest thing I've heard. I have asthma, and some inhalers make my breathing worse. I just had to keep looking until I found one that didn't.[/QUOTE]

hi
thanks for the info
i dont think i have had dye free antihistimines, but will certainly give them a go
do they have to be prescribed or can i get hem over the counter
ive had no food tests done but i have tried elimanting foods myself and kept a food diary
doctors really dont seem to want to know or offer any solutions

 
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:52 AM   #4
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

Benadryl is available over the counter in many forms. Talk to your pharmacist about which is least likely to contain bad inactive ingredients.

Elimination diets are hard. Do you notice any cycle to the hives, times when they are worse or better? Does the skin become rough and damaged-looking, or is it just big red welts?

 
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:58 AM   #5
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

[QUOTE=janewhite1;4770889]Benadryl is available over the counter in many forms. Talk to your pharmacist about which is least likely to contain bad inactive ingredients.

Elimination diets are hard. Do you notice any cycle to the hives, times when they are worse or better? Does the skin become rough and damaged-looking, or is it just big red welts?[/QUOTE]

hi

i am on microgyn pill and have noticed as soon as i stop taking it to have 7 day break my rash is worse
i will pop in chemist tomorrow re benadryl
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:04 AM   #6
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

Huh. That is interesting!

Why don't you ask your doctor about NOT taking those 7-day breaks? In recent years, doctors have found it's safe for women to take BC all month long, to prevent periods. For women with severe menstrual problems, it's now a common treatment.

Hormonal hives are not unusual. There was one woman I was "talking" to about hers just a couple weeks ago. Here's the thread: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=850266

 
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:39 AM   #7
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

[QUOTE=janewhite1;4770905]Huh. That is interesting!

Why don't you ask your doctor about NOT taking those 7-day breaks? In recent years, doctors have found it's safe for women to take BC all month long, to prevent periods. For women with severe menstrual problems, it's now a common treatment.

Hormonal hives are not unusual. There was one woman I was "talking" to about hers just a couple weeks ago. Here's the thread: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=850266[/QUOTE]

hi

i plan to take pill without a break this month to ee what happens
my skn is not dry just red itchy and hot

do you know anything about a stomach bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, i saw the folowing on it when i was searching he net and will be asking for this test toeliminat this too

One study carried out back in 2001 revealed that in many cases the chronic hives are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori bacteria otherwise known as H. pylori bacteria. This same organism is also known to be the main reason for the appearance of stomach ulcers.

It was discovered that a large number of patients are suffering from both this condition and hives. When treated with the respective antibiotics the sufferers responded very well. Both the stomach ulcers and the chronic urticaria were effectively cured. In some cases the causes of chronic urticaria are more serious. The person may be suffering from a thyroid diseases or autoimmune one. With the treatment of the condition it symptoms including the hives are cured. Overall, once the causes are found there can be a reliable treatment for chronic hives.

i have read thred yo sent me and replied to it

thank you for your help it nice to speak to someone who understands and is interested in elimination methods

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:03 AM   #8
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

Hi,
I have been diagnosed with solar urticaria and was pregnant at the time it developed, then breastfeeding so only just trying meds now. (this is my 3rd child and I did not get it before this). Suncream makes no difference, zyrtek made no difference to the sun reaction but made me so sleepy it was not a viable option anyway. I have been given doxepin to try but when I look this up it said it is an antidepressant and seems to have terrible side effects, one of which is increased sensitivity to the sun. I saw that you mentioned doxepin - did it work for you, did you have anyside effects when you tried it and how long/how much did you take?
Failing all of that my dermatologist suggested light treatment may be an option as the tan reflects the UV - have you tried that?
Going on a cruise soon and would love to have an effective treatment even if it is only for a week.
Interestingly I am wondering if hormones played a role in mine developing too. Reading your posts I am tempted to go back on the pill to see if that works - I do know a guy who has it too though so it does not explain his reaction. Did skipping the 7 day break fix it for you?

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:06 AM   #9
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

Just subscribing to thread.

 
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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Re: chronic urticaria antihistimines make it worse

[QUOTE=ellarosamay;4770843]hi
thanks for the info
i dont think i have had dye free antihistimines, but will certainly give them a go
do they have to be prescribed or can i get hem over the counter
ive had no food tests done but i have tried elimanting foods myself and kept a food diary
doctors really dont seem to want to know or offer any solutions


Hi... I just found this website and would love to ask many questions. I have been struggling with a sun allergy for 26 years. I haven't had a name for it, as all my doctors never had a clue what was wrong. I have been treated for so many things, but to no availe. What I do know is that I can take a little sun light every now and then, but never very much. I take flexeril every night to keep this from hurting me constantly. My "burning" sensation now lasts 1 - 14 days.

Even with any medication there are 4 things that always makes me burn. They are chocolate, polyester, chlorine, and the sun. I found out with a food diary my doctor evaluated. The chocolate was in brown soft drinks. All with caramel coloring is chocolate. I used to also be sensitive to fragrences and dyes in washing powder, but am better now for some reason.

My question is what doctor do you use for diagnosis? A regular dermotologist or a specialist?

 
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