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Old 10-07-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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full body hives

Hi all, I am looking for advice. My daughter developed an extreme case of hive. they cover her entire body and they are very painful. The dr gave ger a shot of prednezone. and she is takng it every 12 hours as well benidril every 6. And ibuprophen. About 3 hours after the pred the hive go away. but 2 hours later they come back full forse.She can only get 2 to 3 hours of sleep at night and then she soaks in cold baths with oatmill crying her eyes out. I also put hydracortazone on her.
But they are so bad, and everywere. they cause so much pain. The dr said she has never seen hives so severe before. The only thing new in her diet is an enzyme for her digestion. She only took it once. How long could this last. Its been 3 days and she is suffering. Has anyone ever had this? It is even in her unmentionable area.


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Old 10-07-2005, 08:37 PM   #2
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Re: full body hives

Hi there

I have been in your daughter's shoes before and I know how suffering and what she feels. It was all over my body when I work up one morning... and I had to head of to school that day! Trying to cover it up was so hard...

I went to see my family doctor but it didn't clear... one day, another of a doctor I see referred me to a skin specialist where I finally got to know the name of my condition. It's chronic idiopathic urticaria. It took many years till it started to clear... but then I found out I also had cold urticaria. But my condition is much better than before.

There can be many factors causing her to get hives. Do you remember the first breakout? When was it? What was she doing? Where is she? Sometimes this info can help you to discover a cause as time goes by.

Does she have any swellings? Swollen lips, eyelids, face? If she can't sleep at night, maybe benadryl might help. Take it about 30 mins before she goes to bed or so... hyrodxzine(cant remeber the spelling) will help as I find it really drowsy when I took it before. Something you have to take note is... never give her warm/hot water to bathe in... it causes the hives to be worse. Use cold water if possible but not freezing cold.

If the hives lasts for more than 6 weeks continously... it could be a chronic form of urticaria. But will have to be diagnosed by a dermatologist to confirm. What doctor is she seeing currently?

Usually for chronic hives, creams like hydrocortisone don't work well on us. I've used them and rather than helping with the itch, they tend to thin the skin and cause easy tearing. But you can look for cromolyn cream which many with chronic hives find it helpful. How old is your daughter?

Feel free to ask me if you need help... hope your daughter will have better relieve from the nasty hives! Good luck!

Old 10-09-2005, 03:15 PM   #3
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Friend has hives over most of her body, first time and it's serious. She is a teacher in an elementary school and fellow 6th grade teacher also has come down with her first hive outbreak. Also, a student in a different grade has them too. I wonder if this could be from some inhalent or enviremental allergen? It is sooooooo odd to have this many first time hive sufferers, all at nearly the same time. Friend also has a low grade fever. She had a shot of cortisone (and fainted in wating room on the way out!) and is on prednisone, but not much relief. Help! Should the health dept. be notified? I'm worried.

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Old 10-11-2005, 07:39 AM   #4
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Re: full body hives

First, I had/still suffer from a similar condition (and am 28 and still cry in the bathtub!). My doctor told me NO ibuprofen...onlyTylenol and only that sparingly.

The prednisone is a short fix. I am on zyrtec which has been a lifesaver, and singulair at night. I still have the hives, but only in specific locations, and am living my life with the condition. It's not fun, but it's a far cry from when I was literally unable to go to work or function they were so bad.

Happy to answer any questions. They do not know what caused my hives or why they won't go away (chronic idiopathic urticaria, like the last person said).

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