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Hi all hive sufferers. I have had chronic hives for 11 years. It all started about 6 months after my son was born. I was excersizing to some workout video and suddenly felt really itchy on my stomach. I had hundreds of welts. Since then I now get red spots, blotches, and hives anytime I do anything that gets my heart going. The doctors have said it's excercise induced, but I also will get them from just being hot from the sun or in a hot tub, cold from the air temperature or touch of cold things, and I will break out when I am highly stressed. I can't even take my dog on a walk without hives. I do not get them when I am asleep at night, so at least that is a relief. I have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars trying to find out what is causing my problem. Specialists, blood tests of every kind, x-rays and ultrasounds (why? I'm not sure), skin scrapings, skin biopsy, parasitology, allergy testing, etc., etc...... I even grew desperate and saw a homeopathic doctor. She gave me mountains of supplements, acupuncture and a weird therape called NAET which is supposed to rid your body of allergins. All it ridded me of was a lot of money. Drugs i've tried (sorry about spelling)- Zyrtec, Singulair, Allegra, Rinitadine, Hydroxizine, Prednisone, Clarinex, and Doxipin. I'm sure there are more but I can't remember them all. I live in Phoenix, AZ and as you might imagine it is very, very hot here in the summer. That is when I really suffer. Anytime I leave the house. Right now I am only taking 25 mg of Doxepin in the morning with a No-Doz caffeine tablet to keep me awake. I can take this up to 4 times a day, but during the winter my hives aren't that bad. I will say the Doxepin helps, but I still can't do anything active. Previously, I was taking a 25mg hydroxizine, and 1/2 of an Allegra 180 with my no-doz twice daily. That was the only way to leave my house in the summer. I also started allergy shots once weekly about 4 months ago. I have to do that for a year. I doubt it is going to help. I went to get my shot today and requested to try sulphasalazine. I'm hoping as usual that this may be the one.I don't want something just to help. I want to be fixed. I want to be normal. I want to have fun. I keep thinking that there must be a common thread between all of us. If we knew that, maybe we could get help.
Quote from trinity244:
Hi all hive sufferers. I have had chronic hives for 11 years. It all started about 6 months after my son was born. I was excersizing to some workout video and suddenly felt really itchy on my stomach. I had hundreds of welts. Since then I now get red spots, blotches, and hives anytime I do anything that gets my heart going. The doctors have said it's excercise induced, but I also will get them from just being hot from the sun or in a hot tub, cold from the air temperature or touch of cold things, and I will break out when I am highly stressed. I can't even take my dog on a walk without hives. I do not get them when I am asleep at night, so at least that is a relief. I have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars trying to find out what is causing my problem. Specialists, blood tests of every kind, x-rays and ultrasounds (why? I'm not sure), skin scrapings, skin biopsy, parasitology, allergy testing, etc., etc...... I even grew desperate and saw a homeopathic doctor. She gave me mountains of supplements, acupuncture and a weird therape called NAET which is supposed to rid your body of allergins. All it ridded me of was a lot of money. Drugs i've tried (sorry about spelling)- Zyrtec, Singulair, Allegra, Rinitadine, Hydroxizine, Prednisone, Clarinex, and Doxipin. I'm sure there are more but I can't remember them all. I live in Phoenix, AZ and as you might imagine it is very, very hot here in the summer. That is when I really suffer. Anytime I leave the house. Right now I am only taking 25 mg of Doxepin in the morning with a No-Doz caffeine tablet to keep me awake. I can take this up to 4 times a day, but during the winter my hives aren't that bad. I will say the Doxepin helps, but I still can't do anything active. Previously, I was taking a 25mg hydroxizine, and 1/2 of an Allegra 180 with my no-doz twice daily. That was the only way to leave my house in the summer. I also started allergy shots once weekly about 4 months ago. I have to do that for a year. I doubt it is going to help. I went to get my shot today and requested to try sulphasalazine. I'm hoping as usual that this may be the one.I don't want something just to help. I want to be fixed. I want to be normal. I want to have fun. I keep thinking that there must be a common thread between all of us. If we knew that, maybe we could get help.

wow-you are almost the exact opposite of me! i am almost hive free in the summer and covered with them in the winter! i live in massachusetts-it's very cold right now. maybe we should switch homes!
Quote from jessica430:
i was on zyrtec previously-it worked well until i broke out and ended up taking more than the "recommended dose", after moving out on my own and getting my own insurance, my doctor would not give me a new prescription for it and i've been taking benadryl ever since. it's the only thing that works if i take around the clock BEFORE the hives come. but may i ask why the pepcid? i read about someone else taking zyrtec and pepcid, and then benadryl when the hives got real bad. does it work better when taken with pepcid or is it just to calm your stomach?


Jessica, I am going from memory here, so may not use the correct terminology.... The Pepcid (and Zantac, and similar) are type 2 histamine receptor blockers (did I get that right?). Type 2 receptors are found in the stomach lining and... surprise.... the skin. Most antihistamines (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, Benedryl, etc.) are type 1 blockers. Type 1 receptors are found pretty much everywhere, I think. So for hives the idea is you get more complete histamine blocking by using both types. It works fairly well for me, though many others are not so fortunate.

Kristi
Angel Monkey,

Yes, my allergist prescribed the Zyrtec/Pepcid combo for me about 2 years ago. (Before that, I had been on Allegra alone but it didn't seem to help much for my chronic urt.) I think several others on this board are on a similar combination.

I am still on the combination today. (I had been off of all meds this last spring and summer since it appeared the hives were going away or at least getting better, but then I got hit with a really big outbreak in the fall, and I have been back on the Zyrtec/Pepcid ever since.)

Sorry, I don't have the mg's handy. I take 1 pill of Zyrtec plus 1 pill of Pepcid in the morning, and then one Pepcid alone at night.

FWIW, when my hives/swelling are flaring badly enough, I take Benedryl in addition to the Zyrtec and Pepcid.

- Kristi
Quote from Kristi_1:
Angel Monkey,

Yes, my allergist prescribed the Zyrtec/Pepcid combo for me about 2 years ago. (Before that, I had been on Allegra alone but it didn't seem to help much for my chronic urt.) I think several others on this board are on a similar combination.

I am still on the combination today. (I had been off of all meds this last spring and summer since it appeared the hives were going away or at least getting better, but then I got hit with a really big outbreak in the fall, and I have been back on the Zyrtec/Pepcid ever since.)

Sorry, I don't have the mg's handy. I take 1 pill of Zyrtec plus 1 pill of Pepcid in the morning, and then one Pepcid alone at night.

FWIW, when my hives/swelling are flaring badly enough, I take Benedryl in addition to the Zyrtec and Pepcid.

- Kristi

i'm currently taking benadryl for my hives,and as long as i take a million a day, they seem to be pretty much under control. i was wondering, do you think taking the pepcid with the benadryl would be effective? or is benadryl too different from zyrtec? all i know is that the zyrtec did work quite well before, and i do not want to go through all kinds of tests just to get a prescription of zyrtec when i know it is effective enough to help.
Hi Jessica, I have to say I do not advise anyone to add a med withoug consulting a doctor first. If you have an HMO you could call and talk to an "advice nurse" to at least identify any risks.

Though in theory, I think the Benedryl could be combined with Pepcid to increase effectiveness. Benedryl is among the type 1 blockers, like Zyrtec (and Claritin, and Allegra, etc...)

Have you seen a doctor for your hives?

-Kristi
Quote from Kristi_1:
Hi Jessica, I have to say I do not advise anyone to add a med withoug consulting a doctor first. If you have an HMO you could call and talk to an "advice nurse" to at least identify any risks.

Though in theory, I think the Benedryl could be combined with Pepcid to increase effectiveness. Benedryl is among the type 1 blockers, like Zyrtec (and Claritin, and Allegra, etc...)

Have you seen a doctor for your hives?

-Kristi

yes-about 6-7 years ago. went to an allergist. he didn't do the needle ***** test-i'm almost positive i'm not allergic to anything but penicillan. however, he couldn't determine any other cause(new detergent, soap, etc.) so we tried the zyrtec which seemed to pretty much keep the hives under control. sometimes i had to take more than the recommended dose because i would still get hives, but if i took more they'd almost always fade within an hour or two. but since the whole move and growing up, my doctor will nor write me a prescription and insists i see an allergist (why not a dermatologist too) so i contine to use benadryl because it is as effective for me as the zyrtec was, i just have to take it every 4 hrs instead of once a day.