Patient Comments: Hives - Treatment

What was your treatment for hives?

Comment from: mikey2872, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I get hives during the summer/fall every year. I use OTC Allegra or store generics as maintenance and it seems to keep the hives at bay. I then use Benadryl as the itching breaks through the effect of the Allegra.

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Comment from: Angie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I've been experiencing embarrassing itchy red bumps on my skin. Then I googled it and found out I probably have "hives". I never had these before until I moved and that same week I moved they started appearing. It's not severe. But the weird thing is that if I scratch myself, a couple of minutes later I see that the marks are like red and raised like hives except that they have a certain shape. I could actually write my name on my skin with these weird hives! I haven't gone to the doctor because I'm afraid they might give me a medicine that can get addicted. I've been through that before and I don't want it to happen again.

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Comment from: Cami53, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I've had allergies my entire life = eczema, asthma, hives, angioedema. (I'm 76 yrs. old.) Was getting allergy shots for 20 yrs. but stopped when I moved to another city and started seeing another allergist who didn't prescribe allergy shots. Then I started having angioedema of my lips (had it sporadically throughout my life). Allergist initially prescribed Allegra 60 mg. bid; didn't control them; then Axid; then Vospire; then doxepin. When I didn't have any episodes for about 6 months, he would discontinue 1 medication; then they reoccurred plus had some episodes of giant hives so was put on prednisone for only 5 days. Now I've been on the 4 medications for about 2-1/2 yrs. with only one episode of idiopathic angioedema of lips.

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Comment from: Brian, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I have been getting hives just about every day now for the past 30 years. I have what the multitude of Doctors have all called idiopathic urticaria. No rhyme or reason for why I get them. Most have said it was probably hormonal and that I would out grow them...well that hasn't happened. I've been on every type of meds that could be thought of to rid these evil things. The only thing that somewhat helps is Doxepin. Prednisone does wonders but unfortunately can't be taken for any length of time. I just keep hoping one day there will be a miracle pill to cure or at least manage better than what I'm taking.

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Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have had hives every day since June 2nd, 2011. I was given Cortizone, 2 treatments of Prednizone, Allegra, Benadryl, Doxipin, Oatmeal baths, use free and clear detergents, free and clear soaps. Now I am taking 4 Zyrtec per day and Tagamet. Recently I was given a Xolair shot. Nothing is working. Would love to hear any suggestions as I am very disgusted and sick of the itching!!!

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Published: February 08

Hi everyone, I'm 35 years old and I got hives because I became allergic to a medication I was taking. In the beginning it was really bad with the itching and the burning feeling, I just want to say that I use jojoba oil on my skin when it became extremely itchy and it calmed my skin to the point where I didn't have to scratch. I read in an article that jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Maybe this is why I felt relief from it. Jojoba oil has helped me deal with this hive situation.

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Comment from: lilh, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have been dealing with a sparred bite, misdiagnosis, fungal infection, and now hives from the meds to cure the finagle infection. It is so itchy I can't sleep or do anything but scratch at times. Usually taking a walk or distracting myself helps, I've tried steroid creams; i even got a steroid shot and used Zyrtec, but that only helps a little. Using Vaseline actually helped me get to sleep; somehow the skin not being too dry is helpful. I'm going to drink extra water and stay active; maybe they will seem to go away faster if i don't scratch and try not to think about it.

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