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Old 07-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Relief from Hives Caused by Thyroid Imbalance?

Hi All,

I broke out in hives 2 weeks ago, probably triggered by horrible mold allergies and Graves. I've been diagnosed with Graves over 7 months ago and am on a low dose of Methimazole. I am pretty sure the hives are caused by low FT4 and FT3 levels as per last month's bloodwork (borderline hypo now!).

I start breaking out first thing in the morning as I'm getting ready for the day and they randomly come & go pretty quickly, within an hour at best. They are pretty much all over my body, head to toe but spared most of my face, thank goodness.

My question is, what are some things that helped you if you have experienced this before? So far, I have decreased my medicine dosage down to 1.25/day 3 weeks ago and am getting acupuncture tomorrow. Any suggestions, experiences, etc. would be much appreciated!

 
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Re: Relief from Hives Caused by Thyroid Imbalance?

Did you ever get your TPOab's checked? (or at least your selenium level?)

Reason I ask - elevated TPOab's can cause hives and selenium has been shown to reduce TPOab's by as much as 40%.

Since selenium can be toxic, a level check is appropriate. If your level is below mid-range, supplementing 100-200mcg/day might help.

Benedryl is a good stand-by for hives treatment....
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Re: Relief from Hives Caused by Thyroid Imbalance?

Hi Sammy,
I can always count on you for a quick reply :-) I haven't gotten those levels checked yet but my next set of labwork is coming up later this week so I'll get my doctor to add those 2 things to the usual.
I do have some Benedryl, just incase. But it hasn't done anything for me nor Claritin which really brings me to think it definitely is my low thyroid level! It is really a pain in my rear, the hives. Augh!!!!!! Seriously, wearing long sleeves and pants isn't exactly ideal in hot TX weather.

 
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