Chronic Hives: What Causes Them?
Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:50 AM
Occasionally, chronic hives can be associated with a serious, underlying medical condition, such as lupus, connective tissue disease, thyroid disorder and cancer. So it's important to have chronic hives evaluated by a doctor. MayoClinic. 04/12/07. (Also see: Skin and Hair)
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Posted 25 April 2007 - 08:59 AM
Sheesh.......so I've had this a lot longer than '96.
Posted 25 April 2007 - 09:31 AM
Posted 25 April 2007 - 11:17 AM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:54 AM
I believe eczema and hives are different. My son suffers from eczema but also has gotten hives due to allergic reactions. Not fun!
(Husband diagnosed with limited scleroderma, Dec 05)
Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:42 AM
The interesting thing is that I suffer from chronic hives. My first outbreak was 17 years ago after the birth of my first child. They lasted about 6 months and no further outbreak until the birth of my third child (only after my boys but not the girl inbetween). This outbreak was more persistant then went away after 9 months or so. I thought it might be hormonal - reducing breastfeeding etc.
Then 2 years ago it came back without any baby! and I still have it. Still have suspicions about hormones as I am now 40 and I guess menopause is not far away.
My immunologist is baffled but tests show that there is no underlying cause. At this stage no RA shows even though my mother and grandmother and great aunts all have RA.
Some I'm sure there are connections.
I wish cures for all..
Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:26 AM
Please feel free to ask questions along the way. If in fact it does turn out to be sclero you will find a tremendous amount of support and information here from people that really understand.
Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:20 AM
Just wanted to share something about an experience I had.
My rheumatologist put me on Enalapril several years ago. Having been diagnosed prior to that, I "thought" that the symptoms of blacking out, dizziness were "only" more displays of my symptoms mounting as a result of my illnesses... This all began in 1995. In 2002, I was readying for an appointment withmy internist one morning when I noticed my lips were swollen... as though I'd gotten a botox injection! Then, my face and throat swelled... at that point, I was grateful I would see my dr within the next 1/2 hour. Fortunately, she's very sharp and immediately knew what was going on. She told me it was angioedema and that she was going to suspend my Enalapril, as it was the culprit! I was so relieved, believe me!
Pior to my Scleroderma, etc diagnoses... I had another experience... only withhives.
My dermy had been "treating" my Psoriasis withPUVA treatments... because I was covered 98%.... internally, as well as externally. My skin was swollen, and I looked like a lobster... I was miserable! When I stopped by to pick my mother up to go vote... she looked at me and said, "We're going to the ER... you're reacting to something"! So, off we went... they gave me a shot of Epinepherine and kept me there to make sure I wouldn't have a negaitve reaction and that it would work.
In the meantime, my mother paid my rheumatologist a visit, for which I apologized to him later, explaining that we were scared as to what was going on.
I told him that I wouldn't be doing any more PUVA treatments, as it was only worsening my condition... not thinking that was even possible! He defended the treatment, saying there was no way I should be having any adverse reaction. Yet, I told him... I was, so I was done with the PUVAs.
Anyway, once I was diagnosed with Scleroderma, I let him know that Sclero and Psoraisis.. in the same body... do not fare well... hence my reaction.
It's taken years for me to find balance with the two and it's not been easy. The changes of the season is tough enough for all of us, but with these two together... oh boy!
Sorry this was so drawn out
Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:58 AM