Hi you guys, i also joined this message board because I have hives. They began about 3 months ago. The most commonly areas effected are feet and hands. I have been to 3 dermatoagists. All have concurred that they are idopatic and there is no one thing that they can be connected with. My best medications are zantac, zyrtec and atarax at night to help me sleep. i have tried taking them at different times and coming up with my own plan of correction. The best solution for the itching when the hives are really broken out is AVEENO oatmeal baths. The baths really really help. My next docotor's visit is next week maybe he will have a new strategy for me.