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Comment from: Allison, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I have suffered with hives, swelling of eyes, lips, tongue and difficulty in breathing for 25 years. I took Benadryl every day; until it no longer worked. I had every food allergy test done; nothing. I was scared to even travel. This condition was getting worse. Until I was rushed to the emergency room and had to use 3 EpiPens to get it under control. That doctor sent me to a specialist. In ten minutes she diagnosed me with chronic urticaria angioedema. It changed my life. I take 20 mg of Reactine with a 150mg Zantac twice daily. The two medications create a block to having a reaction. I do not exercise at least 2 hours after eating. I still have at least 4 to 5 full blown reactions a year. I carry 2 EpiPens at all times. The older I get, the more severe the breakouts are. But I feel I have control of this now. Twenty years ago I would use an EpiPen at least twice a month; not good for your heart.

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Comment from: Veronica, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I have suffered from physical urticaria since I was a child. I would have to constantly have to stop walking to scratch. I had to stop taking baths at a young age because they cause my thighs to break out in a dark purple rash. I have difficulty walking anywhere without breaking out in hives or itching immensely. It mostly occurs on my legs, and sometimes my arms. It is not affected by weather. I went to the doctor and she told me that if I started to walk more it probably wouldn"t irritate me as much, so I"m taking a walking/jogging class at my school, but I"m still itching. Benadryl doesn"t help. I'm thinking about investing in an EpiPen.

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Comment from: fretcj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I developed what I thought was a spider bite after the July 4th weekend, but it continued to itch and remain a red hive on my arm. A few weeks later, another appeared on the other arm, itching and permanent for four months. With each week I developed more on my arms, then on my legs as September came and I cared for my husband's shoulder surgery and rehabilitation. I thought they were caused by stress, so never sought treatment. We are wintering in Arizona and a dermatologist could not give me an appointment for 6 weeks. Since we are traveling, I'm taking an antihistamine OTC, using aloe vera, vitamins and herbal tea, but have no relief. Night times are worst because the sheets cause the itching sensation. I tried Epsom salt soak, but no help. Years ago I was given urticaria medication for hives from air pollution and had a reaction to penicillin after hysterectomy.

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Comment from: Susie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

For the past 6 months, I've had horrible cases of hives weekly. They were on my midsection mostly, especially where my clothes were tight. Waistline of jeans, where my bra is, etc. Today they're on the bottom of my arms and behind my armpits. The doctor has given me ranitidine, Vistaril, Benadryl to no avail. He gave me a topical fungus cream saying that it may work sometimes. He did a biopsy and blood work. It showed up this morning with a vengeance. I've switched detergents, stopped medications and I'm itching like mad. It's now in a place that would show unless I wear long sleeves. Is it possible that an unbalanced PH could cause this!

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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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