Patient Comments: Hives - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Maggie malloy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I have gotten hives on my breasts for years when my blood pressure is above healthy standard.

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Comment from: JJ, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 29

After new medication for stomach acid, I broke out in hives after 1st pill. I stopped immediately and changed to another medicine; problem solved.

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Comment from: lcjseebj, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

About once a day usually in the morning both my wife and I have itching and stinging on our backs, neck and sometimes on our faces. It lasts about a half hour. This winter is the only time it has ever happened.

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Comment from: Kim, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I had a hysterectomy 2 1/2 years ago. About four months later I broke out in hives, during the allergy season. They never went away. I was taking Zyrtec to control them, but it became less effective over time and I they finally broke through despite the medication. I'm now taking Zyrtec and hydroxyzine and am on Plaquenil. My doctor considers it auto immune despite the fact that all my tests are normal. I am hoping for remission, but not holding my breath.

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Comment from: scaryone68, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I get hives from physical touch like a scratch or burn or simply by applying too much pressure to an object (like using a screwdriver, opening a twist off top on a beer bottle, or carrying the plastic grocery bags around my wrists). I've had this over sensitive skin reaction since I was a teenager and it happens at least weekly, but in the last 5 years I have started having huge amounts of swelling in various body parts that itch kind of like hives. Body parts it has happened to include tongue (usually only one side), lips (both upper and lower lip but at different times), the pads of my fingers (varies which finger but never a pinky), and the ball of my foot (feels like your standing on a big smooth stone). These weird hive/swelling events are huge and usually clear up with ice and antihistamine within a few hours, but the swelling is alarming to see (especially the lips). I look like I have been smacked in the mouth with a baseball bat. The doctor always says, "I don't know what caused it", and it's gone before I can get an appointment so he only sees a picture. I feel better now after learning it has a name (physical urticaria and angioedema) and it doesn't mean I have contracted some rare disease. Reading that it happens to others and is not life threatening (unless tongue blocks airway anyway) makes me feel much better. I thought I might just be allergic to life, parts of it anyway, just wasn't sure which part/s.

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Comment from: Kamal, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I am suffering from urticaria since last almost 15 years, I live in India and every six months the weather changes in this part of the world, half year summers and half year winters. The winter season is very difficult for me, as I can't do exercise, brisk walk, running, jogging, wear warm clothes, enter any room with heater on, etc. as I feel thousands of needles pricking my whole body, and my whole body gets extremely hot, the temperature around my face always remain hot during entire winter season. People joke about me and think that I am street smart kind of a person who does not wear warm clothes during cold weather as the temperature remains as low as 4 - 10 degrees.

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Comment from: ger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I developed them after I had a cast removed from my left wrist, it was strange. Said left hand was extremely itchy with all the skin peeling off. The blotches were all over my body, I am going on my third week with them. The itching was the worst I have ever had. At first I thought it was a fungal infection since I have candida under my chest and athlete's foot, so I started taking yeast cleanser capsules plus lots of garlic, zinc, and acidophilus. Also I washed all my clothes in fragrance free detergent. I just started taking Zyrtec 10mgs daily which is helping.

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