I have itchy hives all over my body (mainly in my arms). The problem (seemingly) started as contact dermatitis on my right hand (it was three specific spots that itched). I tried different things; nothing worked. Not even hydrocortisone or triamcinolone (which the dermatologist gave to me). Steroids did not work either (tablets or shots). It seems to me stress makes it much worse. Even when I first got the bumps on my right arm (the problem was just my hand for weeks, then this started as something separate, or not; I don't know). When I went to the dermatologist he said I had a hyperactive immune system, and that is why I had developed those bumps (because my body was fighting whatever caused the problem in my right hand). One night I was home wondering why I did not have them on my left arm as well, and immediately after I started developing them on my left arm too; and soon enough I had them also on my legs, etc.. The unbearable itching lead to scratching, and the bumps turned into weals. Now I have hives, eczema, or whatever this may be. The itching is not as unbearable anymore (I guess because of the two steroid shots), but it still itches in parts, and it looks bad, and my skin even looks dry and feels rough on some parts of my body (but it is mainly the arms). I am not sure of what else to try, or what could be causing this. Any hints or help of any kind will be greatly appreciated.
Note: Only once before I had hives (about a year ago), and they went away with steroids. I have never been allergic to any foods.