Hives, those annoying itchy red bumps, often occur with an allergic reaction or sometimes a viral infection. Or sometimes, they can be more serious when they happen with a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
Do you suffer from hives? This week marks World Allergy Week, and the theme for this year’s event is The Agony of Hives - What to do when welts and swelling do not go away. The medical name for hives is urticaria. Hives are a common sign of an allergic reaction. Hives can also occur due to other causes, including a viral infection. Learn more by visiting Hives (Urticaria) . Find out when to call your health care provider, and when to go to the emergency room or call 911. Hives can occur due...
I do suffer from Hives but it is a few times a year. Mine is due to allergies and they get the size of a dime and a quarter. I just recently went to the dr and she prescribed a cream that is working to get the hives to go down. It's an awful feeling and mine occur in the weirdest places.
Uniquelyme, I'm glad the meds are working. You're right, having hives IS an awful feeling. I can't explain the burning itch when I break out in hives -- it's different than almost any other kind of itch.
My spouse is dealing with CIU, with hives on a daily basis. Her allergist landed on CIU and I thought he was just giving up on trying to find the cause, but a ton of independent research has shown that CIU is apparently legit. If anyone with CIU reads this, can you please share any tips on helping with the daily hives? My wife is curious how others with CIU are coping with regards to their job, especially with the hives causing fatigue and frustration, difficult time concentrating, etc.
Hi NN and welcome to AAFA! I am very sorry to hear that your wife deals with CIU! My oldest daughter also battles CIU. She takes a daily antihistamine to keep it under control. In the beginning, she had to take steroids to help get it under control.
Touching a dog or cat--or even being near a cat outside-- causes my skin to break out in hives and worsens many asthma. There is dander in places I am unaware of, and exposed skin on my chest is typically always irritated. I wish people would stop bringing their dogs into stores, it is very stressful for me as is, but when I have to wait in line with a person with an animal I am highly allergic to... Honestly, I leave the store. And it ius not fair because I need to grocery shop, and it ius...
@NN After I got diagnosed I had to take prednisone (a type of steroid) and then they put me on a quadruple dosage of Zyrtec and then some Montelukast. This went on for a couple of years I slowly cut back on the medication over a months span and it's been 2 weeks since I've been hive free. I can't explain it, the doctors can't explain it but hopefully others can recover too. As for coping with it the medication helped but it was still a frustration just keep strong and never give up.
Welcome @JSP and thank you for sharing your experience. This looks like a great topic for the Skin Conditions Support forum or a reply to a discussion there. Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you!
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