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If anyone could help me, I would greatly appreciate it. My 10 yr-old daughter developed severe hives one week ago. She did not eat anything different from the usual. Benadryl helps but makes her extremely drowsy. The pediatrician prescribed Claritin and Prednisone, whch ddid nothing. The hives generally are better in the a.m. and get worse in the afternoon and nght. She cries terribly because the itching is soooooooo severe, Nothing except the Benadryl really helps, and that doesn't even clear it completely. 2 days ago, I took her to a dermatologist and he said it was something systemic, either ingested or inhaled, and he gave her a cortisone shot. It is now 48 hrs later and last night she was unbearably itchy w/ hives again and now the hives are coming back because it's about 5 p.m. I'm really at my wit's end because there is not alot I can do to help ease her discomfort. Does anyone know how long it takes for the cortisone shot to atart working?? He said it was slow-acting, but shouldn't it be working by now?? Any thoughts or suggestions. I would really love to hear from anyone who could help. Thanks.
Kait 27
I had a VERY similar case of hives when I was in college about 5 years ago. I was about 18 at the time. They were better in the AM and by afternoon had come back with a vengance. They also prescribed me prednisone and it seemed to not work at all. I had a cortisone shot on day 4 or 5, but it didn't do a whole lot, either. I took benadryl at night, and it helped a bit, but the hives went through that same pattern for a week and finally gradually dissappeared after that. We never figured out what caused it. My hives were much worse on my legs, butt, and torso, and then around my sleeve lines, almost like it was a detergent reaction, but I hadn't used any new detergents or anything. We never found out what caused it.

My Dad gets hives from MSG's and Snuggle Fabric softener. He gets them HORRIBLY and can't do anything but stand in the shower because it makes him a little more comfortable. He also says that baths with baking soda and oatmeal help alot.

Good luck with her and I hope she feels better. Keep us posted.