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Hives and Angioedema

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Comment from: liz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

Vegemite causes me to develop hives. I stopped eating it and no more hives. For people constantly getting hives suggest food allergy tests. Common food causing hives in some people are oranges, strawberries, nuts, shellfish, and Vegemite.

Comment from: Rose, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I have been getting hives for 8 or 9 years. I had allergy tests run twice with no obvious reactions. I use antihistamines daily, though this doesn't prevent them. Taking more and different types helps and eventually they subside. I have learned to drink tons of water when they start, to keep enough blood circulating but sometimes the hives have drawn too much fluid from my system and my hands and feet go cold and I start shivering uncontrollably. My heartrate doubles (or more) and has caused damage to it. I'm looking into Joe Cross' solution now.

Comment from: sis, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 04

My total body is covered by hives; head, neck, back, chest, stomach, hips, thighs, lower legs, shoulders, arms, and now on hands, front and back. This is week 7 and there are no new ones, but many on arms, legs, hands, and still under the skin. It seems to follow the path of my veins. In the beginning the itch was unbearable, now hardly any itch, just looks terrible. I also have soreness in a couple of spots, under palate, pain when having to bite down. I am under doctor's care, but they are puzzled too.

Comment from: career ruined, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I am hairstylist. I had to quit my career traveling as an on-stage educator. I was broke out in hives. My doctor called it contact dermatitis. I had it all over my entire body, but it was mostly on my face. The quality of my life has definitely been affected. My skin peels off looks like a severe chemical burn. It lasts for weeks, then it repeats.

Comment from: Sunny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I used a new face cream and after a couple of days use I broke out in severe hives all over my face. I did not have throat symptoms so I self-treated. It was severe, small itchy bumps all over face and neck and then I scratched them and they oozed and crusted.

Comment from: Rick, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 20

Sometimes for my hives, I've been able to calm myself and the swelling has gone away. But it's not a guaranteed process. Many times I cannot. It's clearly stress-related and is sometimes a daily occurrence. Last night I used an Epi-Pen at 10 p.m. then again at 5 a.m. I'm thinking of looking into hypnosis therapy in order to dig deeper. It is extremely frustrating.

Comment from: pearle, 65-74 Female Published: May 23

I started having severe bouts of hives about 12 years ago. They start with small patches then escalate into "whole body" experiences. First time lasted 9 months until I was able to get enough steroids to stop them. Prednisone keeps them minimal. I have been tested for allergies (none) so antihistamines don't work at all, had blood tests that show nothing. I live a pretty stress-free life, so am looking for answers. It is awful.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I broke out in hives on the tops of my thighs 3 months ago. I took Benadryl and they went away in a day. Within a few days they came back, and have become chronic. The doctor put me on Benadryl and Zyrtec, which helps in the daytime, but they are back in the morning! I've been under a tremendous amount of stress, and show no signs of allergies from tests I've taken. I've changed laundry detergent, discontinued using fabric softener. Nothing has helped. I'm convinced - as is my doctor - that it's all stress related. I just wonder if they'll EVER go away, since they ADD to my stress!!

Comment from: docrocky, 45-54 Male Published: March 22

More than likely it has something to do with stress. I have a air purifier and a humidifier, but it still happens, and it's enough to send me to the hospital.

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