I have hives. They're making me crazy.
May 8, 2007 10:36 AM Subscribe
I have really bad hives. I've been to the doc, and I have a follow up with her next week. I'm on meds. But the hives are still here and they're making me miserable. Is there something I'm missing or something I should ask the doc about?
posted by misanthropicsarah to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In mid-April I broke out in body-wide hives. After we stopped freaking out that we had bed bugs (thanks AskMe!), we realized they were hives. I took a double dose of Clarinex and they mostly cleared up. We figured they were stress hives because there was nothing environmental that we could think of that would have caused them (new soap, detergent, different food, etc.).
A couple weeks later while on a work trip, I broke out again. But this time, in addition to the body wide hives (including hands and face and scalp) my left eye orbit swelled up and my lips were very swollen--to the point that I couldn't close my mouth. It was really scary and horrible, but I wasn't having problems breathing, so I didn't make a trip to the hospital.
I got home the next day (a Sunday) and the day after that made an appointment with my doctor for two days later (the earliest they could get me in).
My left eye was still almost swollen shut, my lips were still painfully swollen, and my hands were so swollen and painful it hurt to touch anything. And I still had MASSIVE hives all over my body.
I go to the doc (last Wednesday) and she gives me a cursory look over (normally she's very good, but this time, not so much) and gives me a script for a Medrol pack and some hardcore script strength Benadryl. So, since then I've been taking a Clarinex in the AM, the Medrol as the pack directs, and two of the hardcore Benadryl (100mg total) at night. I've also been using store brand cortisone cream as needed (useless).
The hives mostly cleared up, but I had a mini breakout on Friday and I'm having a mini breakout right now. It's freaking me out. The whole hives experience is freaking me out. I've never had them before and it just plain sucks. I have anxiety issues anyway, and these just add to them (because that's the kind of person I am).
I have a follow up appointment next Wednesday (over a week away) and I have no reason to suspect the hives will be gone by then. What should I ask my doctor about? Are there tests I should ask for? Anything specific I should tell her that I haven't (I told her the history that I told you above, although in more detail)? Anything I should be doing to mitigate these hives and their effect on my mental health?
I appreciate any advice.