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hi ive suffered hives on and off for years.2018 no hives at all after a year free ive started again in january. ive been looking through my medical records and they say in 2004 i have a slight reaction to egg. could this be the cause of my hives. i had a york test and it came back a milk intolerance. i havent touched milk for a year until i had a slice of cheescake beginning of january. i jave been really stressed too.  im seeing my dermatologyst monday. he disbelieves the yorktest and wont test me for milk . he will only up my dose of antihistamine. at the minute im on 180 fexofenadine and 75 ranitidine. im at my wits end as im still waking up covered. they used to disapear in the day,  now theyre popping up all day and night. i also get swollen lips and eyes . Any advice would be really appriciated

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi and welcome, Becky123! Hives can be super frustrating. Could you keep a journal of your symptoms to help you figure out what your possible triggers are? That can help your doctor figure out what things you should be tested for.

    People can also have something called chronic idiopathic urticaria — there's a great resource called .

    Even the best and scientifically proven food allergy tests can have a lot of false positives. One thing that helped me talk to my doctor was to read over AAFA/Kids With Food Allergies' resource called  

    Another really helpful resource was Kids With Food Allergies' resource on .

    As you work to figure this out, know that you're not alone. We're here for you!

  • becky123

    thankyou. i was diagnosed with ciu when i was 17. It is definatly frustrating. googling sypmtoms definatly doesnt help. everything i do. im like is it this is it. it can drive you crazy over thinking could it be this could it be that . ill take a look thankyou.

  • K8sMom2002

    Becky, I agree! And stress can be a trigger for CIU, which makes it even more frustrating! I hope you have a good visit with your dermatologist on Monday … but if you are concerned about food allergies, could you ask for a referral to a board-certified food allergist?

  • Shea

    I am with K8SMOM on getting an allergist and trying to get some tests done.. For my son and I, the skin prick tests done at the allergists were very accurate along with personal history of reactions. We both are highly allergic to cat and dog dander (even indirect/secondhand exposure. Also dust mites and molds. We wash everything in scent-free detergents. We both are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, my son is allergic to soy (but does not react to soy lecithen as it doesnt have enough of the allergic protein in it so that is good because it has opened up a lot more foods), and then we each have a few unusual allergies– me to apples, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, and recently to fish and shellfish and foods high in sulfites, him to cantaloupe, honeydew, chicken.  Then he has Oral Food Syndrome to some foods that during certain times of year cross-react with pollens he is allergic to when they are in season (i.e. raw cucumbers and bananas during ragweed season). 

    It is tough, and reading stuff can get confusing and stressful, I know, I have to take breaks sometimes from reading when its stressing me… And then try maybe just taking breaks to check in with yourself and ask yourself how you are feeling and just sit still and breathe… I do that a lot because my head gets cligfed with stuff– my son us better at just letting me know "I feel itchy", and ill note what he ate and start making connections and then often fibd rational explanations (like why cucumber sometimes bothered him and sonetimes not). 

  • becky123

    i dont get why they wont test for allergys. i havent had grapes and bananas for years then because i read they are full of goodness decided to have one. every time i start eating heathy i seem to get hives. we got a puppy in november too.my huband changed our washing powder too. i usually use fairy non bio but we have a cheaper version of non bio now. ive looked back and in 2017 it started in october and january. so something is triggering it. how do i find an allergist. im seeing a dermatologist monday and im not looking forward to it as he totally fobbed me off last time. i was perscibed 4 cetrizine but it just made my hives worse. im hoping its not our puppy as ive never been allergic to our dogs in the past. i am allergic to cats but the symptoms are different i get a hive where they touch or scratch me. and my asthma flares up. 

  • becky123

    it could be stress too as ive been having a horrible time at the minute. this itching is making it worse 

  • Shea

    I am sure that is very stressful itching and hives snd not knowing what is causing it and suspecting things— If you have health insurance then Id call them and ask for a board certified allergist near you.

  • Melissa G

    Hi Becky, welcome to AAFA!  Wow, you sure have been through a lot. I agree with Cynthia and Shea, it's time to see a board certified allergist. You can call your health insurance or your GP to get a recommendation for an allergist. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I know that if I had issues like this, with hives, the 1st person I would see is my immunologist, who is an allergist. He does the skin prick testing. Best of luck in finding a cause and solution. ☺

  • becky123

    been put on steroids wont do tests because its idiopathic and ive had some tests already . just feel fobbed off x

  • becky123

    yeah steroids take it off got bruises left. last night though i had been out to the park. i came in about 715 my whole skin was on fire and lots of little bumps came up under where my bra had been on my rms i was shaking . i think it must have been from going out into the cold and warming up. ive been tested for egg pollen dust mites and fish. it was a blood test years ago. 

  • Melissa G

    Oh my. Have you tried other antihistamine, like Zyrtec or Atarax? Have you thought about getting a second opinion?

  • becky123

    yeah ive had 2. im booked in 4th march for my next appoitment ill get referred to a dermatologyst yet again. ill definatly ask for an immunologyst . im going with my husband as hes a bit sterner than i am. ive tried loretedine zantac piriton cetrizine fexofenadine. ive not heard of atarax though.

  • K8sMom2002

    Becky, when you said you had hives from where your bra strap was, and that it had been cold, it made me wonder about a few things.

    Have you noticed any issues with hives where your clothes are tight, but there is no elastic?

    Have you noticed any issues with hives where your clothes are tight and there IS elastic?

    Have you had the ice-cube test to determine whether or not you have something called cold urticaria? People can have hives that are triggered by cold.

    Have you had any issues taking NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin or ibuprofen?

    Can you eat grape jelly or drink bottled grape juice?

    Hives can be triggered by a variety of things: pressure or cold or a latex allergy. Some people can also have something called , where they react to foods that cross-react with their environmental allergies.

  • becky123

    no ive not even heard the ice cube test. i think sometimes i get all those symptoms. i get pressure ones for sure. one year me and my dad both had it. we were in greece on holiday i got it a week before and my dad came out in it a few days later. we got checked to see if it was hereditory but it isnt.  ill look into the oral allergy. my dad had a dairy allergy when he was younger. its so hard finding a doctor on the nhs thats prepared to do anything .  thanks for all your help. im on my 6th day of steroids and dreading coming off them tomorrow. im hoping my hives have calmed down. 

  • becky123

    had a week free of my hives theyve started again. lips swelling again. im hoping its going to calm down thanks 

  • becky123

    it was a dermatologist.  just told me to keep taking antihistamines . i got nowhere .thankyou.