Patient Comments: Hives - Treatment

What was your treatment for hives?

Comment from: kim61, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My hives started 5 months ago. It was horrible. Then I had angioedema. I kept getting hives and still have them. The allergist tested me, and I am allergic to potatoes. Well, I finally found out why I am stil getting them even though I have not eaten potatoes. My vitamins and my Allegra have potato flour in them. I bought Zyrtec as it doesn't have potato in it. I hope tomorrow I wake up hive free. I researched potato starch and it's in a lot of food. I really miss eating pizza and Chinese food.

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Comment from: Beav177, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I have had hives for almost a year now. I take 3 reactine pills a day prescribed by my allergist. My skin produces too many histamines so until my body gets rid of it I could have these hives up to 2 years or more.

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Comment from: Libbit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I've had hives for at least 5 years now. Sometimes it's worse than other times. I've found cool showers, mineral ice and Benadryl Ready Tabs work the best. Not scratching helps, but is sometimes impossible not to do. Don't touch it! It drives me nuts! There should be some way to get rid of it altogether.

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Comment from: Katie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I have had hives on and off for three years. I recently was precribed Zyflo CR. It is really working. Hope this information helps.

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Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had hives for about a year ten years ago and now they are back. I find for me eating anything acidic like oranges, tomatoes and any food containing these like ketchup greatly increases the hives so I try to eat very bland foods. Also immersing my feed in a pan of cold water while watching TV, etc brings a lot of relief. Although I have heard Advil can cause hives I find this is one of the best ways to relieve the itching. I am hoping soon for another 10 year span without them when they finally go away.

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Comment from: i4gott, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I've had hives for about two weeks now after an allergic reaction to minocycline. I have been miserable, but today I found some relief from a surprising source. I was itching so bad on my back I wanted my husband to rub some cold lotion or something on it. All we had was a bottle of hand sanitizer and it worked, believe it or don't but it took a lot of the heat out of the itching.

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Comment from: RB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had never experienced hives in my life. A month after a hysterectomy, I broke out in hives. They were constant and intense for 3 yrs, then I had brief break from them. They have been off and on ever since. I've been to every kind of doctor and had every kind of test and treatment you can imagine (some, really weird). Prednisone and Prozac both made the hives go wild. I've even had hives on the whites of my eyes. I, in desperation, ordered Lacitrex(Homeopathic) from the web and got relief. I took it from 2003 until 2009 when it became no longer available. The main ingredients were Berberis Vulg. and Thuja Occidentalis. I get these at my local healthfood store and on the web as tiny pills that dissolve under the tongue. They give me some relief, but not as much as the Lacitrex did. I wish someone would make that again. I hope this information helps someone.

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Comment from: Sheri, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

Had hives off and on for 23 years. Unknown cause. Shortest time 6 months and longest 2 1/2 years. I am now 40. Each episode gets worse and worse attacking everywhere and causing breathing difficulties. My hives are resistant to Zantac, Doxepin, Benedryl, Aerious and Reactine. I still take them all in various doses...and get some relief because I am so doopy. Prednisone always works and gets me a break...60mgs with a slow 1-2 month fade. In the past Plaquenil worked for one bought of hives then didn't the next bought. Danazol 600mgs worked last time and I am trying it again.

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