Patient Comments: Hives - Treatment

What was your treatment for hives?

Comment from: Esther, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

In 2008 almost the whole year, I had hives and it was the first time. They were on and off. When I took loratadine (Loridin) in 2009, they went but in the last quarter of 2012, they were back. I tried to use the same medication but it could only take away symptoms temporarily. For about 5 months, I have been using raw garlic morning and evening and it works well for me. Also cetirizine was working well for me, for every 1 1/2 days each tab, but only because I wanted to avoid it as it could make me sleepy. Hope you try it out. Good luck.

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Comment from: Heather, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was on holiday in Turkey in 2001 when I first started to get a strange reaction. I would feel weak and then my lips started to swell. When we returned home I then started to break out in huge hives and sometimes swelling under the skin. I was sent to numerous specialists and no reason for the hives was found. I tried all the usual drugs mentioned by other people and then one day in 2005, I met a person who had the same problem. She was put on a 5 day dose of prednisone 50mg. a day. At the end of that dose I was then put on hydroxyzine and ranitidine. I took this medication, 1 tablet each morning and evening. This finally worked. I eventually was able to wean myself off this medication and for the past 5 years was hive free - until late this summer when suddenly the hives returned, no known cause. I am trying the same treatment as before but this time I am not getting the same result.

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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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