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Readers Respond: Common Causes of Hives

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Updated June 15, 2009

From the article: Urticaria and Angioedema
I see alot of people in my clinic with hives. Nearly every one of them has some suspicion of what their cause. From foods to medicines, and toiletries to travel, most people with hives have some idea what is triggering their symptoms. Share your story about what you think caused your hives, and read about others' experiences. Share Your Experiences

hives well over a yr

I have had hives since we brought our son home from the hospice. I have seen 2 allergist, dermatologist and an internets. Suffice. To say I still have hives . They had me on prednisone for almost a yr,and when they say problem, they cod begin to explain them it breaks down your muscles. And in my case caused me to tear my pectoral muscle , I was out of work for almost 3 months. I have had every test you can imagine done, I am allergic to some funky grass that does not even grow where I live. I am at my wits end the only thing that bas slowed them is 4 zyrtec and weekly testosterone shots. I have even taken medicine that is for transplant patients. When thief body rejects the new korgan. ...well least I am not alons
—Guest drew

Monthly mostly

My hives began when I started also having issues with endometriosis (an autoimmune condition). My blood tests constantly come back showing raised white cell count and my hives are always worse at certain times of my cycle. During which, any trauma to my skin seems to cause a breakout, from excessive heat or cold, to eyebrow plucking/threading, to a single hair brushing against my face. I think raised dust levels also cause me them. I've found topical anaesthetic cream to be useful for preventing further scratching and worsening of them, but it's restrictive in where it can be used. Piriteze also helps me, but seems to become ineffective with prolonged use. One of the most difficult things about it, for me, is not stressing about them, which is SO hard when I catch sight of my face swelling up at the mall. But it seems that when I (somewhat angrily) accept that they're going to do their own thing and I'm going to be red and itchy for a while, they tend to calm a little quicker.
—Guest Son of an itch!

My whole life

Since I was like 9 yrs old I've been getting it it drives me crazy I've tried everything and it won't go away. It left one time after I had my child for about four yrs and it has return with power... I guess it hid all them yrs to then come out stronger I've been reading on this types of allergies for ever . They don't know what it is causing it they said it could be genetic or there's no balance in ur system. It could even be in your blood I'm done looking for answer . My question is now can I get ssi for this cause it's embarrassing to show up at work looking like the monster from the goonies movie ....
—Guest Diana

run run run. sweat them out n their gone

I get them when i eat chilli... always right after. Or mostly when my body begins to sweat or perspire..i figured out how to fight them.. and its been perfect.. be active. I love chili n its too hard to let go.. the moment my body sweats. It gets horrible. Like millions of needles are trying to exit my body Mostly arms stomach back.. n when it gets wort neck ears forehead and top of head.. but never anywhere in my face.. if im active and constaintly sweating . Im able to beat it so it never catches up.. like if i clean my sweat glans or somhing. I wont feel it for years.. perfect.. but the moment i lagg. Like around the holidays. Eat eat eat. More lazy less active. I feel them or sence them hives coming. Little by little. But not bad. So i get active again.. n i can literaly feel them exiting my body.. and for those couple of minutes being active i can feel them but once their out i wont feel them again.. like their gone.. n life is perfect.. hope his helps
—Guest mee too

i figured it out. hives

I get them when i eat chilli... always right after. Or mostly when my body begins to sweat or perspire..i figured out how to fight them.. and its been perfect.. be active. I love chili n its too hard to let go.. the moment my body sweats. It gets horrible. Like millions of needles are trying to exit my body Mostly arms stomach back.. n when it gets wort neck ears forehead and top of head.. but never anywhere in my face.. if im active and constaintly sweating . Im able to beat it so it never catches up.. like if i clean my sweat glans or somhing. I wont feel it for years.. perfect.. but the moment i lagg. Like around the holidays. Eat eat eat. More lazy less active. I feel them or sence them hives coming. Little by little. But not bad. So i get active again.. n i can literaly feel them exiting my body.. and for those couple of minutes being active i can feel them but once their out i wont feel them again.. like their gone.. n life is perfect.. hope his helps
—Guest mee too

Help!

I have had hives off and on for many years. For the most part, the hives are very minor and can be controlled with liquid Benadryl. However, every so often, I will have a case severe enough to warrant a visit to the local ER (at this point, it progresses to a total body reaction plus swelling lips/face, etc.) Why is there such a difference?
—student4357

solved

I had hives for 2 months. I had outbursts as a kid from different foods and once from medication but this time I could not identify the cause for sure. I had a baby in August and the hives came in October. Thought it may be related to nursing. After multiple visits to the dermatologist, antihistamines, prescription lotions, steroid shots and even 3 antihistmaines twice a day I still did not have relief. My mom went to a health food store and the man recommended a couple things said the hives would be gone in 5 to 7 days and they were! It was an anti-fungal solution I took with water, vitamin B and large dose of probiotics. To think the dermatologists next step was to give me ciclosporin which completely reduces your immune system and instead I am boosting it. I am almost completely rash free just a little itchy. I also had read online about taking Dandilion and nettle so I have been doing that as well pill form and occasional tea. Chiropractor recommended cleanse as well.
—Guest j

Hives leaving dark marks

I have had hives for 2 years now. It started as just one bump and then grew. I've changed my soap, detergant and diet but they still here. They are very itchy and reddish in colour. What could it be and what could be the cause?
—Guest thembi

drives me crazy !!

ive had hives for 15years. seems like just about everything causes it... bread, baked beans, tomato sauce, food with breadcrumbs, takeaway curry, flavored crisps, pasta sauce, curry sauce. i almost eat nothing anymore. i had a blood test for ige counts or something what came bk negative. am on cetrizine almost everyday. used to have tablets but they seemed to not only lessen the symptoms but cause them too, who thought putting lactose in tablets was a good idea? i asked for allergy testing and doctor said id likely show positive for everything and referred me to a dietician thinking an exclusion diet would help more. i just want it to stop and to know what is causing it so i can avoid it and be able to eat enough to stop being underweight. it drives me crazy! :(
—Guest bobthebuilder

Medication Hives

I have had hives before. Once a long time ago. Then 4 days ago, I woke up at 2am itchy, burning, and unbearable. It was on my face and around both of my knees. The next day, the hives moved to my wrists. A day later, they were gone. I am taking Zoloft and the day after, when they were gone, I didn't take my medication for 2 days. I had no hives. On the 3rd day, I developed hives again. Its the only thing I can think of that is causing the hives, but why after a year and a half, I have all of a sudden developed an allergy to it?
—Guest djwolfiepaws

what to take for hives

I have had hives for 3 years and need an anti histamine every day to stop it. there are 2 types: loretadine, which doesn't work for me or centrazine hydrochloride 10mg, which works the best. sorry about spelling mistakes. I didn't sleepfor nearly 6 weeks and drove me mental nearly hahaha but take the pills people but make sure you try both.. I cant live without them.
—Guest angie spelmanb

After MANY long years I found the answer

Gluten! I quit eating it, And it is in lots of foods, but I rarely need to take an allergy pill. Please research this on the web as it is very common among hive sufferers. Good luck!
—Guest Susan

never had them before

Ok I made an healthy decision to juice..I've noticed a week after I started to get these bumps all over my body..I never had hives before and started juicing.They began to be profound more and more until I resulted to benadryl..well I stopped juicing for a week now and I m still get them with everything I consume..I try to stay away from sugars and caffeine..I even get them with oatmeal and diary products ..what have I done to my body
—Guest Nikki

chronic

Had hives for a year and a half. The only medicine that helps is vistaril which i can take weekly and it stays in my system long enough. Benadryl only works for a few hours for me and when i tried it i think i messed up my kidneys. Now i have reoccuring kidney infections.. about to do a kidney cleanse. I hope this fixes my hives too.
—Guest suzi...

Trenken50

Hives for 6 weeks. I believe the culprit was Goo Gone. Citrus cleaner. I broke out in horrible hives, and went on 4 rounds of steroids. Had a headache which seemed like forever from the steroids. When I went to use it again itching started immediately. My husbands relative had the same issue.
—Guest Trenken50

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