Patient Comments: Hives - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Julie64, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 26

An old remedy that works to counteract allergic reactions is 1 tsp of cream of tartar in a small glass of water. Depending on how bad the hives are, this may take a dose in the morning and a dose in the evening for a few days. If mild case one dose and within a few hours hives will be gone. Look up cream of tartar (spice section). This is all natural. I had giant hives and the doctor told they would take a week and with this remedy they were gone in 3 days. My grandpa had great remedies that do work.

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Comment from: lyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

The worst case of hives for me, face swollen up, and large patches on backside, arms, hands back of legs. I think I'm going to scratch myself to death. Nothing helps.

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Comment from: glenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I woke up one morning about 7 years ago covered in an itchy rash. Doctor said it was hives, gave me a shot, and they cleared up. Then they returned, so more shots, prednisone, cold compresses, allergist, etc., and nothing worked. Then I was taking a hot shower, accidentally almost scalded myself but I noticed the hives had stopped, so I turned the hot water to very hot, but not scalding, and for a split second sprayed each hive or patch of hives. They stopped itching. This effect stayed working for several hours. Now when the hives return each spring I take my Allegra, ranitidine and Singulair but they don't work as well as the hot showers. I take two or three a day and I'm itch free all over. Be careful not to scald yourself. My allergist told me he read years ago that heat makes the body produce natural antihistamines to prevent the scalding. This is why it works. A hand held shower is very useful; you can buy one for around USD 30 and just screw it onto where the fixed shower head was. As I say test the water heat, experiment with what works for you and don't scald yourself.

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Comment from: Corona, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I get hives in different areas; sometimes swollen lip and tongue, top of hand or fingers, feet, etc., when I eat. It is not any one specific food. I have lost weight. I have had this problem for the last two years. At first I thought it was high blood pressure medicine Diovan but it was changed to metoprolol medicine.

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Comment from: Havefaithingod, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 15

Our 3 month old son got hives from drinking infant water with fluoride added. We are finding out that fluoride is very poisonous and should not be given to babies.

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Comment from: Cat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have suffered from hives on and off for a while. It was really bad this weekend, it was a lot worse this time, even on my face. It made my eyes all puffy. It is the worst outbreak I have had.

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Comment from: Angie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have been experiencing hives every morning for just about a month now. I went to see an allergist, and I am not allergic to anything. He has diagnosed me with spontaneous urticaria. He tells me this is an immune disease and to take Aerius once a day. The Aerius helps with the hives, but as soon as I wake up in the morning I am still covered.

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