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 Post subject: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:40 pm 
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I have recently developed a rash/hives all over my arms and legs. I don't know why (no new soap/detergent/clothes/places recently). It is so forking itchy that I want to claw my skin off, and I look disgusting. I called my doctor, but the nearest open appointment they have isn't until August! Any emergencies are being directed to the ER, but 1.) this is not exactly a life-threatening emergency, and 2.) I have been to the ER so many times in the past year that they are starting to give me the side-eye.

Has anyone else ever broken out in hives for no apparent reason? What the fork could have caused this? And does anyone know of any good over the counter/home remedies that might help? Taking a combination of antihistamines helps with the itching but also makes me feel like I'm sleepwalking. I have two family parties I have to go to this weekend, and I look and feel so gross!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:57 pm 
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Are there no walk-in (non ER) clinics where you live? Can you make an appointment with a different practice?


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A cortisone cream or lotion would be the first thing I tried.

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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:32 pm 
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electric_claire wrote:
Are there no walk-in (non ER) clinics where you live? Can you make an appointment with a different practice?

There are some of those stop-in ones in local pharmacies, but they don't accept my insurance, I've tried. There's a health center not too far away that might, but honestly, I'm too afraid to walk there alone. It's not in a good neighbourhood.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:38 pm 
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A cortisone cream or lotion would be the first thing I tried.

Thanks, I'll have to see what Walgreens has. I wonder if there are any cruelty free brands out there? I'm getting pretty desperate.


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dog brushed against poison ivy/oak/etc, maybe, then onto you?

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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:08 pm 
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It's possible! But I've never had a reaction this bad to poison ivy before. I don't know. I have a lot of allergies and I am surrounded by so many allergens at work, because I am working outside part of the day and also in contact with so many various animals. The rash started on the fold of my arm/front of the elbow (is there a word for that?). I thought it was heat rash at first, because it was really hot out and I was sweating. But it has spread all over my arms and my legs in the past few days. I might have to get my mom to drive me to the sketchy neighbourhood clinic tonight. I really can't stand this.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:31 pm 
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I just stepped out into the backyard barefoot and my feet and ankles broke out in red spots and started to itch. So I think I have determined that I am allergic to the entire outside world. Indoors forever.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:42 pm 
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Take a benadryl if you haven't already.

I had the same thing when I got a bird in college. It was horrible.

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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:52 pm 
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I have taken benadryl, claritin, and prescription-strength flonase (a combo that was recommended to me by a doctor once. I'm not just shoving random antihistamines in my face). Still itchy. On the upside, I am so doped up that I wasn't anxious calling my doctor's office, which is usually a huge anxiety trigger for me.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:12 pm 
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So! After I checked every other walk-in clinic, drugstore clinic, etc. and found that none of them take my insurance and that prices start at a couple hundred dollars, I decided to go to the sketchy clinic, which according to their website, does take my insurance. My mom was going to drive me, but got stuck in traffic, so I finally decided, "fork it, I'll walk." So I walked there. And got catcalled along the entire route (including "Damn, white girl, you loaded," which, what? What does that even mean? Is that a comment about my asparagus? I feel like it was about my asparagus.) I got to the clinic, and they told me that they do take walk-ins, but only for people who are already their patients. If I had gotten there before 5, maybe someone would have seen me, MAYBE, but it was 6:30, so nope, go home.

My mom said she would drive me to the ER. I decided to go, because the rash was rapidly spreading. I got to the ER and was taken to a chair in the hallway, across from several rooms that had guards stationed outside. A physicians assistant came over, stared at my rash, said "I don't know," and got a doctor. The doctor looked and said, "Well, that's definitely a rash. I don't really know anything about rashes." They gave me a prescription for prednisone and told me to take a shiitake ton of benadryl, and that if it doesn't improve in 2 days, to see a dermatologist. All of the dermatologists around here have months-long waiting lists.

I'm still itchy.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:16 pm 
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I just googled "vegan hydrocortisone" and found this:

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Could hydrocortisone cause Vegan??


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:06 pm 
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My husband gets unexplained hives for weeks at a time randomly. No doctor has ever been able to explain it and we spent one night in the ER when it first started because it was spreading rapidly and we thought he was having a scary allergic reaction (the diagnosis was a fancy Latin word for "hives"). The only thing that crushes it when it comes is a daily Zyrtec, for whatever reason. I'd also recommend hydrocortisone, but the prednisone should do a good job crushing whatever it is for now.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:33 pm 
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I had chronic idiopathic hives for years that came on all of a sudden after being really stressed one night. What controlled them for me was a combo of Allegra and Zantac (that antacid is actually a type of antihistamine that behaves differently than other allergy meds). I went to an allergist/immunologist that prescribed the combo after doing all sorts of allergy testing that came back negative.

I wish I could offer more help, but mine pretty much stayed a mystery. About three years later they disappeared as suddenly as they appeared.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:37 am 
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Ariann wrote:
No doctor has ever been able to explain it and we spent one night in the ER when it first started because it was spreading rapidly and we thought he was having a scary allergic reaction (the diagnosis was a fancy Latin word for "hives").

The spreading is what freaked me out too! Just in one day it went from a couple of annoying spots to suddenly completely covering my arms and legs. It was so fast! I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to turn into anything dangerous.

rohai wrote:
I had chronic idiopathic hives for years that came on all of a sudden after being really stressed one night. What controlled them for me was a combo of Allegra and Zantac (that antacid is actually a type of antihistamine that behaves differently than other allergy meds). I went to an allergist/immunologist that prescribed the combo after doing all sorts of allergy testing that came back negative.

Huh, interesting! I never knew that about Zantac.

I did wonder if stress had contributed to this at all. I have been a bit more stressed out lately than usual, but nothing huge. I guess it will probably be one of those things that I'll never know for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:37 am 
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When I get anxious am having sort of high panic attack anxiety, I tend to get a rash. And it's awful! It comes so fast and is so itchy and irritating--I can't imagine it covering my whole skin. Mine don't spread though, tend to be localized--mostly around my arms/wrist area when it comes. Hope you sort it out, raspberries <3.

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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:18 am 
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my kid has had strange attacks of hives on and off for years, the allergist we finally saw suggested that she had a "compound" allergy where she was sensitive to something normal (allergist suggested a million foods we don't eat and then artificial coloring) and then mosquito bites, which she has nasty reactions to anyway, pushed her over the edge from hives into scary swollen land.
She did avoid artificial coloring for a few years and didn't have any more reactions, but who knows.
We ran into her old pediatrician on the last trip, who is also an allergy specialist, and he said more likely it is still viral reactions- catching some new virus and the body creates rash or hives as a result. We always carry benadryl (which does make her loaded, unfortunately), even today, but haven't had to use it.
Hopefully you don't see it again!!

In the meantime, clear calamine, oatmeal bath, etc helping you at all?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:01 pm 
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I didn't realise hives were so common! I have to go drop off my prescription at the pharmacy later, and I'm going to check out what kinds of anti-itch stuff they have. Right now I'm using a bottle of ancient calamine lotion that I found in the medicine cabinet, and it helps a little despite being expired for several years. The massive amount of benadryl I'm taking helps too, but it's making me feel so sedated and giving me horrible dry mouth. I need some hard candy or something.

The rash doesn't seem to have spread much today, so I'm hoping it's on the decline! Which is good because I am seriously ready to claw my skin off. And that would be gross.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:30 pm 
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Prednisone tablets taste so bad! I was not expecting them to have such a strong, horrible taste. It made me gag. I'll have to wrap them in pieces of bread or something next time. Fingers crossed that it helps! I can't wait to stop taking so many allergy meds, because they're making me so dopey. When I was paying for my prescription, it took me like 5 minutes to figure out the right amount of bills to give the pharmacist. I had to count them several times to make sure. They probably thought I was exceptionally bad at math.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:33 pm 
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Can I just complain about this stupid rash a bit more? It doesn't seem to be spreading anymore, but it's not improving either. I'm on so many antihistamines that I can barely function, but whenever I try to cut down on them, the itching gets worse. The prednisone makes me queasy (which makes it difficult, because I have to take it with food) and it makes me have to pee like every five minutes. And I'm still itchy. SO itchy. I bought a ton of anti-itch creams and none of them help. I changed all the sheets on my bed in case I had suddenly become allergic to them. I take a cold bath or shower every night (not very enjoyable!). I have to go to my cousin's graduation party on Saturday and a family father's day celebration on Sunday and I feel like shiitake and look like a walking infectious disease. I've spent the whole day wallowing in self-pity, worried that I've got some horrible rare disease, and trying not to scratch. I'm just a big cranky baby now and ugh.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:07 pm 
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That bloooowwwwwssss! I get really annoying contact hives very randomly, but they don't ever get as bad as what you're describing and don't tend to last long for me. So I'm no help. But I hope they go away for you soon!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:10 pm 
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Thanks! I am just so over this. It's been a full week since it started. The worst thing is not knowing why. I can't avoid whatever caused it if I don't know what caused it!

The only thing new I can think of is that my dad adopted a dog last week. But I don't see why I would react so severely to one dog when I am around tons of them every day. And we bathed the dog really well when he got here, so I don't think he could have anything on his coat that could cause it. But nothing else in my life has changed recently. I just don't know!


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I'm sorry you're dealing with this!


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
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Thank you! The hives are still there, but they look a bit smaller and the redness is fading, so I'm hopeful.

My sympathies to anyone who has to take prednisone long term. It's horrible stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: I am a gross hive monster.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:20 pm 
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Good stuff: the hives/rash is definitely improving. Bad stuff: I am coming off prednisone, and wow, it is awful. I was not told to taper it off (I guess because I was only on it for a short period of time?). They just gave me some pills and said "take 40 mg a day until gone," so I stopped cold turkey. I can't even explain how shiitake I feel right now. This is worse than the hives ever were. If I had known, I never would have taken the prednisone!


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