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Comment from: patti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I have had chronic urticaria and swelling for 52 years. I have had every allergy test and taken all kinds of allergy shots and no help. I have had the test where my blood was drawn, coagulated and re-injected into my arm and from that have found out that my allergy is myself. My system overreacts to everything, producing hives and swelling. I currently take Zantac, Xyzal, Benadryl, Zyrtec, Flonase and Singulair. Occasionally I take prednisone. Prednisone is the only thing that will make them go away. Unfortunately, I can't take them every day so I keep looking for the miracle drug. I have not found any topical medication that will reduce the itching. These hives are in no particular place, even the whites of my eyes have been hived up. The older I get the worse they get, even bruising. I don't take aspirin since it is known to aggravate hives. I have visited so many emergency rooms over the years due to so many hives out of control. I have had lots of steroids (shots and pills) and as I said above, I am always searching for a miracle drug for hives!

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Comment from: Gin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I started to feel sick in July of 2014. I suddenly got a very dry mouth, to the point where I could not make spit. This went on for about 3 days along with nausea and anxiety. After that, it went away, then about a month later it happened again. Same symptoms. Then on Labor Day weekend, I took an Imitrex for a migraine headache. About 20 minutes later I had hives. I am allergic to sulfa, so I looked up Imitrex and found out it has a sulfa derivative. I went to family doctor and was put on prednisone, Zyrtec and Pepcid AC. Prednisone worked, but 2 days after the last dose, hives came back again. I went through this again in October, and the allergist put me on 4 Allegra, hydroxyzine and Benadryl along with the prednisone. Needless to say, I am all drugged out. Hives have returned, but I am able to keep them at bay by doubling up on antihistamines. They won't put me on any more prednisone. I'm curious if Imitrex has something to do with it.

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Comment from: BDSims, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

We go out walking in various places full of nature quite a lot. But apparently something bit me on one of the excursions. I have these itching hives that appear in an area of my body, like my inner thigh, then the next day it's on my lower leg, next day or so it's on my right foot. They last several days, it is on my abdomen, swelling my old stretch marks from childbearing. These things itch like crazy and are quite sensitive to touch so I have to leave my pants open and my shirt has to be loose. Now it is forming under my left arm! I am going nuts dealing with this and hesitate to go to the doctor, because I don't want to take any medicine.

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Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had what seemed to be a bite on my wrist on June 1, which was really itchy. I scratched it. Then I got small red circular patches on my hands that were white in the middle and had a red ring around the edges. Those spread to 80% of my body. I was itchy all summer after that, my head would get mounds on it and would itch every time I slept or I would break out into a sweat. I would get cold chills and then feel hot as blazes, I remember changing the thermometer on the house from heat to a/c all summer long. I could not sleep because of itching. I went to an allergist and was given a steroid shot. I went to a dermatologist and got a skin biopsy which came back clear. I got a sonogram of my abdomen and that came back okay. My blood test supposedly ruled out lymphoma or leukemia. I was given prednisone which did not work. My allergy testing came back negative except for a mild reaction to ragweed. I am not allergic to cats or dogs, I stopped eating all fermented products and dairy products and citrus. I went on a low histamine diet, turkey, soy milk and bananas. I read about vitamin D3 relieving hives and started taking 4,000 IUs of that and it has helped a bit but I had a lot of hives this past weekend and now my mom has them. So now I am really wondering what this is. I am starting to think it is caused by a virus. Vitamin D3 daily 4,000 helped me. I am now thinking it is caused by the Epstein-Barr (mononucleosis) or cytomegalovirus.

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