(Closed) Hives Help!

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@jasmine- there are many different causes of hives.  We always think of foods and detergents as causing them, but so much of the time no real cause is every identified (idiopathic).  If I remember correctly, it’s something like 60% of cases that fall in the unknown category.

Did you have a recent illness? What precipitates it?  (heat, sun, cold, stress) Medications? Travel? Pets? Exercise?

Here is a link to a source that I sometimes use.  Please understand that the reading level of this is geared toward medical professionals.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/762917-overview

Here is a patient geared handout:

http://www.medem.com/?q=medlib/article/ZZZFNLSBZ6C

Remember, this isn’t medical advice, just information that may help you decide your next steps.  I usually advise that the next best step is a visit to your primary doctor, unless your lips are swelling or your airway is involved.  That means a trip to the emergency department!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

you sure it’s hives?

I had ringworm once (i know sick) and I THOUGHT it was hives so i covered myself in some aristocort….um, it FED the fungus and it got much much worse

Not trying to freak you out, but ringworm lives on pets, in fur, aqnd even in the dirt. I really thought it was hives tho

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have hives all the time – no joke. Benadryl only keeps them away for 4 hours, so you pretty much just have to take it every four hours until they go away. I once had hives for 3 days, every 4 hours. Yes, I am allergic to everything. But that particular time I had no idea what caused it.. it could even just be stress. They’ll go away when they want to go away.. I know that’s not the best answer, but it’s really the only one I have!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Also, I just noticed that your title is kind of a play on word – I read it and thought you needed the Hive’s help, but you also need help with hives. I thought that was amusing 🙂

Post # 8
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2765 posts
Sugar bee

I had something similar happen once… I don’t know if my experience will be helpful at all, but I’ll share just in case!

I had eaten some cashews… and it turns out that cashews are related to poison ivy and sometimes the cashews get exposed to the cashew shells during roasting.  What happened was that after I ate the cashews… my sweat became like poison ivy and I got an allergic reaction.  I was allergic not only to my sweat, but to anything that had touched my sweat.

The only solution was to completely wash all of my clothes… and make sure I didn’t sweat all for a day or two.  Frequent showers did the trick.

The reason I mention this story is that if you have a lot of hives, maybe check to see if they are in areas where you might sweat?  If so, it’s possible it’s something similar…

Hives are notoriously tough to diagnose… good luck!!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Wow Mr. Bee, I’ve never heard about the cashew/poison ivy connection. Interesting, although obviously irritating for you.

Jasmine, hope the doctor goes okay, good luck!

Post # 10
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3332 posts
Sugar bee

I think you’re smart to check in with your doctor, Jasmine.  My boss gets chronic hives and has spent the last several months trying to figure out the cause of them.  From what I’ve heard from her, hives can be brought on and exacerbated by many different things, so it’s sometimes a complicated process trying to find the cause.  Good luck to you!

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