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Old 04-26-2002, 12:37 PM   #1
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Thyroid and hives...any experiences?

Hi all,
I am new to this board. I was diagnosed as Hypothyroid in 2000, the next year I was diagnosed with sever endometriosis, and this year I have had hives everyday for 2 months. Personally, I think they are related. Anyone else that can confirm this? I believe the common denominator is autoimmune problems. After extensive allergy testing, the Allergist says that I have antibodies present in my blood, but all levels are otherwise fine. I am feeling frustrated,since I was just give a med to stop the hives, but are they directly related?

ANY help, or direction, would be great! The little red face was too tempting - it looks like my hives!


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Old 04-26-2002, 09:53 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroid and hives...any experiences?

Welcome 10cowwife. Hives can definitely be related to thyroid disease. Some folks get hives when they're hypo, and others when they're hyper. And there seems to be a relation to autoimmune disorders, including thyroid antibodies.

The American Ostepathic College of Dermatology posted this on their website:

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Some patients with chronic hives and elevated anti-thyroid antibodies in the blood improve when given thyroid supplement even if the thyroid function is normal.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I've been on Synthroid since my thyroid was removed, but I still get hives sometimes.

You can read more here: <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

I've used a few different lotions for my intermittent hives (Calendula gel, and an Aveeno ointment), but now I find that MSM cream seems to work the best. And I try to avoid wearing garments that are tight in the hive areas (mostly the waistline for me) when I have an occurrence.

Selenium and/or Maca are supposed to be helpful in reducing and possibly eliminating thyroid antibodies. You can read about it in our Information Archive (on Page 2):
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Hang in there, and try not to scratch.

Old 06-20-2002, 12:12 PM   #3
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Re: Thyroid and hives...any experiences?


This is my first post. I too had Graves Disease and then went through the Radioiodine. Now I am on .88mg of Synthroid. I too have hives sometimes really bad ones. Currently, I am on 30mg Prednizone every other day until this bout of hives disappears. I also know of two other women who have similar symptoms, and they told me that their hives come and go recurring at about 5-7 year intervals and last for about a month. I am also working with an Internal Medicine doctor and an Allery/Immunology Specialist to find a reasonable treatment for the spradic but frustrating hives and my hypothyroid condition as we all know that taking corticosteroids for extended periods of time can do more harm than good.

Hope this at least gives you some consolation that you are not alone. There are also many resources available on the internet on Thyroid disorders, treatments, complications and the like.

Good Luck,


Old 06-20-2002, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Thyroid and hives...any experiences?

I posted pretty much the same thing a couple of days ago. I have had hives for almost three months now. My doc put me on 80mg of pred for 5 days 60 for five days ect and as soon as I was off they came back. It is starting to drive me crazy. I know what your going through.

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