Hives Support Group

Hives is a relatively common form of allergic reaction that causes raised red skin welts. These welts can range in diameter from 5 mm (0.2 inches) or more, itch severely, and often have a pale border. Urticaria is generally caused by direct contact with an allergenic substance, or an immune response to food or some other allergen. Hives can also be caused by stress.

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  • Jojo1350

    Ezcema and hives

    Is it normal to get itchy and then scratch and then get hives. I remember I use to scratch I never got hives. 
  • I have so many pictures, none of anything super bad because I was in so much pain!! Hello, My name is Erica James I am 27 and I wanted to share my CIU story because I know others stories and treatment trials helped me immensely to cope and find things that worked during my struggles with the disease. The very first time I got hives was in January of 16' and I woke up in the middle of the night...
  • deleted_user

    Chronic Urticaria

    I have read the strand on chronic hives and I was surprised that no one mentioned urticaria. I have suffered from recurring hives for about six years. I have seen my regular doctor, a dermatologist, and an allergist. They all said I have chronic urticaria, which, as I understand it, means chronic hives. They come mysteriously, and stay for about three or four months, and then they fade away...
  • TheED

    Hives from the cold?

    I get really itchy hives or occasionally only one almost like a mozzie bite when ever I feel something cold. Usually if its like an ice pack, piece of ice, cold drink, or something cold touching me or that I'm holding. Occasionally when it gets colder in winter (luckily I live in QLD Australia) then sometimes even with the cold I get hives as well.Does anyone else have this happen to them or have...
  • Reggie


    This is my second bout with hives. I believe I got hives from the flu shot about five years ago.  After that my doctor started giving me the flu shot in half doses a month apart. This worked fine until I thought I was cured and got the full dose shot this year. Now the hives are back with a vengeance.  I just started taking doxepin on the advice of a friend, but no success yet.Has anyone tried...
  • WarriorGal

    Idiopathic Hives and Autoimmune Disease

    Hi,New to this group (oldtimer on DS).On 9/16 an allergist diagnosed me with idiopathic hives caused by my RA.  (Have had RA for about 40 years. I'm on Orencia and Methatrexate. Also have Sjogrens.)I have never had hives before in my life. (I thought they were mosquito bites at first. Couldn't imagine why I was getting bitten cause it wasn't like I was taking walks in the woods.)He put me on...
  • I've been dealing with this disease since my teen years.  I have never really understood this disease until most recently while trying to fight it.  I break out in hives, typically starting from my hands, up my arms, belly and legs and sometimes red swelling under my eyes when I sweat or have increased heating in my body such as exercise. I met a man last year who had similar issues with this...
  • deleted_user

    Positive attitude

    Hi all, I just joined this site. I've been looking for an online support group because I'm having a really hard time staying positive throughout my experience with chronic urticaria. It started for me last July and despite prednisone and every antihistamine combo you can imagine, they still are not under control. I have also developed some new symptoms over the past few months (night sweats,...
  • deleted_user

    Stress caused hives

    Experiencing hives all my life, I have found the worst times for me are when I am under stress. It doesn't have to be physical or emotional or whatever but just stress. The best remedy for me is to take B vitamins. I take B-100 in one capsule or hard pill. Of course, it takes a week to 2 weeks to completely settle down but it does work for me. Maybe this post will help someone who doesn't...
  • anfkev

    Lexapro and Hives?

    So about 1.5 months ago, my doctor put me on Lexapro for depression/anxiety. About a week into taking it, I started breaking out in hives. He finally weened me off of them but they're still going strong. I have worse anxiety about the hives than I did prior to even taking an anti-depressant!! They're all over my body, except for my head/face. So I can cover most of them, but living in a warm...
  • deleted_user

    not sure what to do....

    Like probably most of you.... i have the dreaded chronic idiopathic urticaria. And have been to doctors and they don't kno what is causing my hives and i had an allergy test done a few months ago and am not allergic to anything.....I can handle the hives. But I can't handle this feeling that I have constantly with this. Tight throat. I have reallllllly bad anxiety over the hives. really bad. I am...
  • sheilab72

    Finally got a diagnosis for my chronic Hives

    I got my lab results today, my Dr. Called and told me I tested postive with hashimotos-thyroiditis. Which is a autoimmune disease that will eventually attack my thyroid. I never had insurance these last 9 years and the allergy Dr. Couldn't tell me anything other than to take Zyrtec. So it's good/ bad news. I'm happy to finally know what is causing thd hives but I don't look forward to my future...
  • deleted_user

    Is there anybody out there? help!

    Is this site still going?I just found it because i'm beyond frustrated and did some extensive research on 'urticaria' or 'chronic urticaria' and came across this message board.I'm currently 33 years old. I started getting these wealts or hives or whatever you want to call them back when i was 20-21. i saw a couple specialists and they basically told me that i wasn't allergic to anything. although...
  • BeachShell

    Band-Aid Hives - Pad Area

    I recently started getting hives in the area where the bandaid pad is (but not where the adhesive is). Has anyone one else had this happen? I'm not sure what the allergy is but I'm looking into other options since I have a wound that I need to keep covered. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
  • deleted_user

    Winning the battle with hives

    Four years later, my hives returned. Only this time, they came back with a vengeance. The hives appeared all over my chest, my arms, my face and my legs. One photo I took of myself showed my chest COMPLETELY covered in them. I thought at the time that the quick solution was to remove alchohol from my diet. This time, that didnt work. For months I tried figuring what in my diet was causing...