Urticaria Skin Hives

My urticaria skin hives symptoms started when I was about 11 years old. They are so severe I feel like I want to jump out of my skin when I have what I call an itchy attack. The only thing that has ever given me any relief is antihistamines. If I don't take them regularly, I have extreme flare ups that are so intense that they are unbearable. I am now 27 years old, and have been on antihistamines nearly everyday for 16 years. I wish that there could be some other way to treat or cure these urticaria skin hives. Am doing my body damage taking antihistamines like this?

Leanne - May 15, 2007



Well, I was diagnosed today by my general practitioner. When I get tired in the evenings I get very itchy, but also if something happens to rub against by skin. It never really bothered me until people kept saying "What happened to your face?!" or "What's that on your arm?" I would just say - don't worry the hives will go down in a few minutes - which they would unless I kept scratching. Anyway it all started when I was pregnant with my son two years ago and so I suppose its just the hormone changes that triggered these urticaria skin hives. It can be bothersome, but it doesn't affect my ability to do anything so I will try these cetirizine hydrochloride tablets and hope it will disappear one day.

Charlie - April 10, 2007


Last October 15, almost 6 months ago I broke out with urticaria skin hives all over and was itching unmercifully. After three dermatologists and one allergist, and two biopsies, I was diagnosed with dermagraphism and Grovers Disease, a rare disease that there is no cure or treatment for and it is chronic and itches beyond belief. I am wondering if I should see an infectious disease doctor. I am baffled as to why I am suffering so much and where this came from and when it is leaving. I am a healthy, energetic 62 year old!! Oh my God, did I really write that number? Anyway, I own my own business, very active, many hobbies, a grandmother and a wonderful husband and three great adult daughters. I cannot take much more of this. Antihistamines barely take the edge off, steroid creams were thinning my skin and prednisone suppresses what I have, but I don't care to be on it because of its side affects. It starts mostly around 6 PM, weird and doesn't let up until I go to sleep. Can anyone out there offer any advice? The only other thing I can think of is that I am on medication for heart arrhythmia - Atenolol and Rythmol 325 SR and maybe I am allergic. Thank you.

Leslie - April 9, 2007


Chronic Hives Cure or Treatment


I had a premature baby (c-section) at 24 weeks. A week later my leg became itchy with urticaria skin hives. It has been two years and I now have to avoid certain foods and I have put on lots of weight. Everywhere is swelling and itchy and I can itch for days. No one else in my family has this and I don't know what to do.

Alison - April 9, 2007


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