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Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here!

Posted by
Gene on September 28, 2003 at 03:23:13:

I just wanted to say hello and I do feel your pain. I am closing in on 29 years old and have suffered from hives for the last 24+ years. Over the years the frequency has increased slowly. About 6 years ago I could say that every few months I would have hives everyday for several weeks. Now I am at a point that I can't remember that last day I didn't have a breakout. In fact, I am sitting here with them on my thighs and arms.

The most typical reactions (95%+) occur in the evenings around bedtime and last until morning. Once I wake and get moving around they go away. Having an episode during the day is very rare. Maybe 1 in every 100-150 breakouts occurs during the daylight hours. I often wake to find that I have scratched my own ankles enough to cause bleeding. Wearing socks to bed helps a bit with that.

To give you a little insight on how long I have been a "survivor," I was taking Benadryl before it was offered over-the-counter in 1981. I have not-so-fond memories of having my mother shovel that disgusting suspension down my throat, yuck! I was a quick learner with the pill taking for sure. I keep Benedryl in supply in my bathroom but choose not to take it unless I am having a really bad night. Toughing through without medication has been my motto for the last 9 years.

A couple of allergists have taken a shot at it and they failed miserably. I simply don't have the patience for a guy playing pin the cure on my donkey butt when he really has no clue what he is doing. Why can't they just admit defeat?

I have only been able to eliminate one thing from my lifestyle that was a definate hive-causer. The culprit... laundry detergent. Using anything except Tide just kills me.

Here are some things that I have done to help with my itchiness:

1) Take the coldest shower you can stand. Sometimes this means being very uncomfortable. The cold water helps reduce the swelling and itchiness.

2) If you are going to bed with hives, try and wear an article of clothing over the affected areas. I have worn jeans and a sweatshirt to bed before. It helps to keep your fingernails off of the rash. It seems the more snug the clothing the better.

3) Scratch! Many people will probably disagree with me on this. Scratching can cause the hives to spread and become more inflammed. But... it seems that a good scratch can help you get through a tough battle. It's kind of like getting that one bite of creamy and refreshing ice cream when you are on a diet. Sure you shouldn't have it but, it really helps you get through.

4) Do something to take your mind off of it. That is a tough one because you can't really forget it is there. Watching a movie or being mobile really helps. Stay occupied!

5) Take an anti-histamine. From what I have ready, this doesn't work for everyone. If this works for you, you should feel fortunate.

6) If you get hives on your feet and hands soak them in ice-water. The worst is on the underside of your feet and hands. This is the same principle as the cold shower.

I do have a some questions:

1) Since I have the majority of my episodes at night and the morning before I get up, can this be a symptom of LGS and candida issues?

2) Having had my hives problem since I was a child, am I still a candidate for having LGS and candida issues?

3) Is my approach of no drugs helping or hurting my possible rehabilitation from the possible above scenario?

4) Are there any Clinical Ecologists in Tucson, AZ?

5) Do you have any knowledge of such long-term sufferers, like myself, finding a cure?

Thank you for your help.

If anyone would like to have discussions about chronic hives you can email me at emorris2112@cox.net.

Regards,
Gene




Re: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here!

Posted by Penny on September 28, 2003 at 10:45:44:

In Reply to: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here! posted by Gene on September 28, 2003 at 03:23:13:

The most common preservatives can have this affect on me, and the "trigger" foods or ingredients can shift or change. what bothers me today may not give me problems in a few months, only to have something else that I have previously been unractive to, cause a dramatic reaction that can affect me from head to toes(or just somewhere in between) avoidance of packaged meals and processed food, (careful of shampoos, colognes and lotions) and drinking lots of water(not from a municipal water source) has been my best management plan.

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Re: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here!

Posted by Sally on September 28, 2003 at 16:11:02:

In Reply to: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here! posted by Gene on September 28, 2003 at 03:23:13:

I think this could help with Question #2.

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Re: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here!

Posted by Sally on September 28, 2003 at 16:11:40:

In Reply to: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here! posted by Gene on September 28, 2003 at 03:23:13:

I think this could help with Question #2.

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Re: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here! (Archive in wellness.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 28, 2003 at 16:45:45:

In Reply to: Chronic Hives Sufferer... Here! posted by Gene on September 28, 2003 at 03:23:13:

Hi, Gene.

What would you do with your life if you did not have this problem????

What have you learned from the archives: hives, candida, Leaky Gut Syndrome, etc.?

Your only real solution is serious wellness for at least a year. Let us know how you are doing then for any other possible options to finish it off.

This is a totally unnecessary condition.

Walt

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