(San Antonio, Texas)
I am a 25 year old male who for the past week has been experiencing redness of the skin and red welts or hives. I have broken out maybe once or twice in the past with this condition but it usually goes away with Benadryl.
It started off by itching on my arms one day and then waking up to small irritated bumps. I have been consuming alcohol about 4 or 5 days out of the week since I was 20 and all of a sudden now my skin has become sensitive to where if I break out a little into hives it will not go away on its own. If I don't scratch the area it is irritating but if I consume one alcoholic beverage I break out severely on the upper torso area and have to take Benadryl immediately.
I have changed detergent soap and body soap and I am not sure what is causing this but I did just recover from a previous staph infection and was taking Atarax due to a break out. Due to the previous treatment medication, I am not sure if these hives have something to do with it but I hope to find out real soon.
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