Hives at night

Posted by ryniceal @ryniceal, Dec 27, 2018

For the past five nights, including tonight, I have been experiencing a reaction of some sort. I assume that they are hives. The weird thing is that it only happens, well 95% of the time, the breakout starts in the evening. I know it's not from a bite or something because they are in different spots each night… I have had an allergy test ..that was done a few years back and it came back negative. Not allergic to anything. I know that can change, but I just find it odd that this only happens at night. During the day, I am fine… just anxious know what's to come after sundown. Another thing I noticed is that they are usually in straight lines.. not always, sometimes they are blotchy but a lot of the time they are in lines. I have taken benadryl every night for the past few nights… didn't work. Tonight I got a little bit of relief but I can already feel my body getting itchy. Hydrocortisone creams do nothing. I think I just apply them for piece of mind. I called my primary's after hours answering service and spoke with my doc. I have an appt with her in the morning and she is going to do bloodwork and give me steroid shots, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced anything like this before or know someone who has.

They usually last for the night. When I can finally get myself to sleep at night.. in the morning i am fine. They dont leave any markings or anything. They are just red and raised and extremely itchy.

Any input will help. Thanks in advance.

..just a few pics of the irritated areas.

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@ryniceal You haven't changed detergents or fabric softeners, I presume? That is the only thing I can think of, although others have skin problems from things like some tiny parasites.
What has your doctor said? I hope it's something that can easily be solved.
JK

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Hi @ryniceal and welcome to Connect! Those hives must be quite annoying. You mentioned that you were going to see your doctor this morning. How did the appointment go?

Back to your hives, @contentandwell asks a great question about changing detergents or fabric softeners, and I wanted to add on to that asking if you are eating anything or putting on a lotion before bed that you hadn't used before?

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @ryniceal and welcome to Connect! Those hives must be quite annoying. You mentioned that you were going to see your doctor this morning. How did the appointment go?

Back to your hives, @contentandwell asks a great question about changing detergents or fabric softeners, and I wanted to add on to that asking if you are eating anything or putting on a lotion before bed that you hadn't used before?

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@ryniceal @ethanmcconkey It can be amazing what different things can cause. My daughter has had a number of cankers recently, and in googling that I discovered that some toothpastes can cause that if they have a certain ingredient!
JK

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@contentandwell

@ryniceal You haven't changed detergents or fabric softeners, I presume? That is the only thing I can think of, although others have skin problems from things like some tiny parasites.
What has your doctor said? I hope it's something that can easily be solved.
JK

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@ethanmcconkey @contentandwell

Nope. I didnt change anything. Haven't eaten anything differently. I saw my doc first thing this morning. She did bloodwork which I will get the results back either tomorrow or Monday. She also gave me a steroid shot. I have a script for prednisone that I am to take for 10 days starting tomorrow.

Tonight will be day SIX. Not as much as usual but still significantly uncomfortable. Just on my chest.

I keep thinking it could be something that I am allergic to but the thing that baffles me.. as well as my primary… is the fact that it only happens at night. Almost every 24 hours like clockwork.

I have a referral for an allergist. They were closed by the time I called but hopefully I can get an appt for next week. This is really frustrating. I know many people have far more serious things going on so I try not to complain… but I am MISERABLE at night. 🙁

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @ryniceal and welcome to Connect! Those hives must be quite annoying. You mentioned that you were going to see your doctor this morning. How did the appointment go?

Back to your hives, @contentandwell asks a great question about changing detergents or fabric softeners, and I wanted to add on to that asking if you are eating anything or putting on a lotion before bed that you hadn't used before?

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Thanks so much for the welcome. I answered the question in the above reply and tagged you in it so you can read it as well.

..no new foods or lotions. Nothing has changed. Haven't been anywhere different
Done anything different. I am a creature of habit and a homebody. I am just soooo confused, annoyed and uncomfortable.

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This was today… about an hour from when the irritation started so it's not as red as it was… but the fact that I am brown skinned African American.. I'm not really that DARK .. but I'm not light skinned either.. you can still see the redness.

The difference today is that there weren't as many spots as usual.. but the area was bigger.

I dont know what to think anymore.

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@ryniceal

@ethanmcconkey @contentandwell

Nope. I didnt change anything. Haven't eaten anything differently. I saw my doc first thing this morning. She did bloodwork which I will get the results back either tomorrow or Monday. She also gave me a steroid shot. I have a script for prednisone that I am to take for 10 days starting tomorrow.

Tonight will be day SIX. Not as much as usual but still significantly uncomfortable. Just on my chest.

I keep thinking it could be something that I am allergic to but the thing that baffles me.. as well as my primary… is the fact that it only happens at night. Almost every 24 hours like clockwork.

I have a referral for an allergist. They were closed by the time I called but hopefully I can get an appt for next week. This is really frustrating. I know many people have far more serious things going on so I try not to complain… but I am MISERABLE at night. 🙁

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@ryniceal this really is odd. I hope the allergist can figure something out. I’ll be curious to hear what he/she has to say.
You say they go away by morning – how long do they last?
JK

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@contentandwell

@ryniceal this really is odd. I hope the allergist can figure something out. I’ll be curious to hear what he/she has to say.
You say they go away by morning – how long do they last?
JK

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If they come on earlier in the evening say 6pm.. I'll notice them go away within a few hours.. sometimes less. If its later.. and I'm falling asleep with them still bothering me… when I wake up.. they're gone.. I dont have them during the day. Its extremely odd.

…and the steroid shot didnt help.

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@ryniceal

If they come on earlier in the evening say 6pm.. I'll notice them go away within a few hours.. sometimes less. If its later.. and I'm falling asleep with them still bothering me… when I wake up.. they're gone.. I dont have them during the day. Its extremely odd.

…and the steroid shot didnt help.

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@ryniceal I guess the best you can do at this point is to be grateful that they don't last longer than they do! I truly do hope you can get this figured out and find some relief.
JK

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Hi @ryniceal. I'm glad I bumped into this forum. this forum was back in Dec 2018. Everything you described in your post is exactly what I am experiencing right now. I am having hives for about 7 weeks now that only attacks at night then gone when I wake up in the morning.
So that's why I can still go to work & do my normal thing everyday. But at night itching starts at 9 til midnight. I have been to 2 dermatologist both of them said it could be post Covid effect. I had Covid last week of March. Both of them gave me prescription of antihistamine. I tried Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra & now Zyrtex. Been taking Zyrtex for 4 weeks now. After the 2 dermatologist I also seen my primary doctor. I Had blood work at my primary doctor office & the result came good.
It's been 7 weeks I am now feeling scared that this could be more serious issue. I am going to call my dermatologist & will request for skin test or blood work so to find out what could be the reason behind my hives attack at night?

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@sunshine24

Hi @ryniceal. I'm glad I bumped into this forum. this forum was back in Dec 2018. Everything you described in your post is exactly what I am experiencing right now. I am having hives for about 7 weeks now that only attacks at night then gone when I wake up in the morning.
So that's why I can still go to work & do my normal thing everyday. But at night itching starts at 9 til midnight. I have been to 2 dermatologist both of them said it could be post Covid effect. I had Covid last week of March. Both of them gave me prescription of antihistamine. I tried Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra & now Zyrtex. Been taking Zyrtex for 4 weeks now. After the 2 dermatologist I also seen my primary doctor. I Had blood work at my primary doctor office & the result came good.
It's been 7 weeks I am now feeling scared that this could be more serious issue. I am going to call my dermatologist & will request for skin test or blood work so to find out what could be the reason behind my hives attack at night?

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@sunshine24 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! We are not medical professionals, but we do share our experiences and stories to support others along their journeys.

A few things I have tried when my skin itches like that: Is your skin dry and needs a lotion? Or a new lotion? Have you looked at your detergent used for laundry, or the fabric makeup of the sheets on your bed? It it too warm in your bedroom, or under the covers? It might be something as simple as tweaking one of these variables.

Please let me know if any of this rings a bell to you?
Ginger

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