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Hives anyone?

(11 Posts)
SpottyTeacakes Sat 29-Nov-14 22:01:45

I keep getting them angry

When I was a teen I got it in my lips they swelled up so much happened a few times.

Since I've gotten older I can get them where the elastic of my knickers are or on my hands not very often though.

The past couple of weeks I've had them in the insides of my wrists (I now have scabs where I scratched so much blush), insides of elbows and knees, finger and the worst one: my neck! Why am I getting a flare up? I'm a little bit stressed nothing major just busy. Have autoimmune disease (type 1 diabetes included). I will get some antihistamines but what if it doesn't go away? Is there anything I can do? It's horrible!

SpottyTeacakes Sat 29-Nov-14 22:02:18

Oh and small swelling in my lips twice in the past couple of weeks too. Ffs.

EssexMummy123 Sat 29-Nov-14 22:18:55

antihistamines daily,
aveeno

mrssmith79 Sat 29-Nov-14 22:33:24

I have a condition called pressure urticaria, started about 7 years ago - basically, any pressure on my skin and BAM! Huge hives that spread everywhete.I get it after kneeling down, gripping something too tight, high heels, tight clothes , biting my lip - even sleeping in the same position for too long. I take an antihistamine every day, took a few (OTC and prescription) but loratadine seems to be working best. If I feel a flare up coming up I also use piriton and hydrocortisone on the really troublesome ones.

Good luck getting sorted flowers

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Sat 29-Nov-14 22:33:38

I had a horrible attack of them 4?years ago. I was told if I had another attack I should have allergy tests as each future attack can be more serious.
I think you should get a doctors appointment.

SpottyTeacakes Sun 30-Nov-14 05:57:15

Thanks, so you think a one a day antihistamine tablet?

I had allergy testing when I was younger (and got the massive lips!) but I didn't react to any of it which is why I've always assumed autoimmune (strong family history of this my sister gets hives, other has lupus, myself and m diabetic and other sister had kidney probs).

MEgirl Sun 30-Nov-14 13:50:15

I get them every now and again. Can never work out why. I think that the first time was a reaction to some antibiotics but that has not happened again. Now I get patches all over the place, most often on my stomach or under my bra line. They start with what I think is a bite. It often takes me a few days to realise that it isn't a bite by which time it starts to spread. I am on the tail end of a bout at the moment which has lasted several weeks. Had two patches on my stomach which were irritating because they are right over stretch marks. A third path just below the breast line. I don't bother going to the GP now as I've been told several times that nothing can be done. Sometimes I take Quercetin, other time I use a hydrocortisone cream for the itching. I just grin and bear.

In the past I've had huge welts down my back and all over my face and even then the GP hasn't been helpful.

If anyone has a solution I would be over the moon.

Frusso Sun 30-Nov-14 14:00:11

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SpottyTeacakes Sun 30-Nov-14 14:04:37

I've got some one a day stuff. Will ask one of the drs at work if I get a chance. It's just sooo annoying being itchy I end up scratching until I bleed blush

mrssmith79 Sun 30-Nov-14 17:55:50

There are 2 different OTC one a day antihistamine - loratadine and certirizine, it's often trial and error but you need to give them a while to build up in your system.
Chlorphenamine (piriton) is available from pharmacies but needs to be taken 3x daily. It's not for long term use really and, although effective, is quite sedating.
My doctor prescribed me fexofenadine, didn't do the trick but a lot of people get good results from them.

Your gp may prescribe a short course of steroids for the itching if it gets really bad but they're often reluctant to do this more than once. Hth.

SpottyTeacakes Fri 05-Dec-14 12:15:47

I'm in New York and I've had an awful attack. My lips are so swollen I look like Leslie ash. Hoping some OTC meds will work so I can avoid a costly trip to the doctor.

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