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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.
So excited to have found this board. Have been suffering from chronic hives for almost 1 1/2 years. Going to an allergist who really does not have a clue. I am on clarinex / cimiditine in the AM and zyrtec / cimidtine in the PM and it is tolerable. Wake up each AM to see what I am dealing with. It ranges from just a few to numerous ones on my trunk, thighs and inner arms. Not much itching.........then they fade in a few hours. Next morning............I wait to see what I'm dealing with again. I've had numerous tests.......blood, stool, and some food tests. Nothing environmental. Right now she has me trying to eliminate sulfites and coloring additives. Really tough trying to figure out every label of everything I use in cooking. Just plain frustrating. Sometimes in the morning I have a lot.........sometimes just a few. I'm trying to figure out.....if what I have each morning is a result of what I've eaten the day before or not. Or if I get lucky and eliminate the cause will I still have hives for a period of time until they are "stifled" and out of my system?? It is hard to determine what is a reaction to hives and what is just what has been in my system for a while. Does any of this make sense?? Just frustrated. It really helps to read all your posts..........and hope that maybe something in what you write will help. Next month I'm having our carpet changed on our porch and thinking it could be mold (which is also in wine....which I used to have a glass each evening). We live in Florida and our carpet on the porch is the original and our home was built over 20 years ago.....just curious what is under the carpet!!! I know........I'm really reaching, but would love to have an answer to this. Any suggestions or comments would really be appreciated. :wave: [FONT=Arial Black]undefined[/FONT]
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!
Is anyone allergic to sulfites or coloring additives? I'm suppose to avoid both and think I am............but every morning same ole, same ole. Clarinex / Cimiditine in the AM and Zyrtec / Cimiditine in the PM seem to keep them "faded and outsight" with no itching, but would love to just get rid of them!!

Elli
I am sorry you are not feeling well Hairdoer. I hope everyone starts to feel better soon. I am glad that your itchies have gone away for the time being. I went to the allergist the other night for a follow up and I told him I wanted to stop taking the Prednisone I have been on for the past 3 months. He said that first he wants me to be hive free before I stop taking it. So now I am taking Zantac Zyrtec in the morning along with prednisone every other day and at night I also take Zantac and Zyrtec now along with a Clarinex. So far I have only had a couple small spots this morning, but nothing I couldn't handle. It is so nice to have skin on my legs instead of being all dimpled and scabbed from scratching. I can't wait to get off this prednisone, I am so tired of being hungry and bloated all the time. My allergist says that the 10mg every other day shouldn't be effecting me but I know my body and I have gained 20 lbs since I started the prednisone. The last 2 weeks I have been exercising like crazy and eating really healthy and the scale is being so stubborn. It won't budge. It is soo frustrating. I would really like to fit into shorts this summer because I wore jeans all last summer due to my hives.
Well I wish everyone to have itch-free days and to find a cure soon. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.