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Chronic Hives: What Causes Them?

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#1 janey


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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:50 AM

Chronic hives: What causes them?
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

When I had my second child in 1991, I had the hives every single day for about a year!! Not one doctor could help me. I lived on benadryl and was miserable. They told me I was postpartum....IDIOTS!
Sheesh.......so I've had this a lot longer than '96.
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Posted 25 April 2007 - 09:31 AM

Hi suffer from hives but this is usally connected to a reaction to medication I have to be careful because it can cause anaphalatic shock if you get the in the throat other than having a alergic reaction to foods or meds I am not sure why you would get them Lyndylou

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 11:17 AM

When I was in high school I'd get eczema every time the weather changed. I lived in Seattle so obviously I itchy all the time. I’d also get water blisters/eczema in my hands every spring. Then it suddenly stopped… Maybe I grew out of it? Are eczema and hives the same?


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Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:54 AM

Thanks for the article. My husband suffered from hives off and on for over ten years for no apparent reason. They finally stopped and about year or so later he was diagnosed with scleroderma. We thought it might be related.

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)

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:42 AM

Hi Im new to this forum and just found out today that my 7yr old daughter likely has scleroderma so I'm doing some research... I sure hope it is something else... but its not just a rash.

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..

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:26 AM

Hi Revkar and welcome to the sclero forums. I'm really sorry to hear your daughter may have Scleroderma. I certainly hope it ends up being something less serious.

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.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:20 AM

I read about the chronic hives... very interesting!

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 :P
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:58 AM

Interesting, I had hives on my torso for about a month once. My Dr. just gave me some lotion. About a year later I was diagnosed with scleroderma. It's such a crazy disease. On another ocassion, I had the lupus rash on my face, but no lupus.