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Horrible Hives

Posted by @thoferer81017, Feb 19, 2017

Hello! iv had hives since the beginning of last December and they are absolutly MISSiRABLE!!! Iv been to my regular doc she had given me a steroid shot and pill thought i was allergic to something and had referred me to an immulologist. Later that evening my hives got worse so i just went to the hospital to get it checked out but that was pointless and waste of money i was told the same thing and the doc had given me another steroid shot which i had told her didn’t help earlier that day which is why i was there. I ended up never sleeping at night having hot/cold sweats taking alot of antihistamines that felt like forever. Did end up getting an appointment with an immulologist and skin test came out that i wasnt allergic to anything, and blood work was normal. Now i’am taking 2 180mg tablets of Allegra,Montelukast SOD, Ranitidine all TWICE a day and if i skip or if i’m late on a dose i start getting the hives really bad. Iam going to see an Indocrinologist early next week also. I wish i could figure this out!! I cant stand it anymore just wondering if it is caused by an underlying disease? .Thanks for reading any suggestions will help!

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Having a diagnosis of Hashimoto's, one then must begin on a great education. This site is one of many that offer those who share what they have learned about living very successfully with the disease, some even claim that they have "cured" or greatly reduced all symptoms. Until you do learn by trial and error what works for you, It is highly encouraged that you do take the Synthroid (T4) if it works for you, or the many (T3 T4) natural combination medications, like Armour Thyroid, or NatureThroid.
One of the many things that you will learn about is "gut health". In my 30 year battle to regain health and quite a measure of normalcy with Hashimoto's, gut health is always there at the center. Adding natural gut fauna and flora to the digestive tract is one way to nurture the gut. Learn to make your own saurekraut, or kimchi, or any one of a number of other naturally fermented foods and eat at least 1/2 cup of these things daily. Kombucha Tea is another fermented drink that has now become quite available to buy at everyday big grocery stores (that have an "organic" / health food isle). One doctor told me that if you buy saurekraut, do not buy it in plastic or tin, but only in glass (apparently the plastic and tin bring bad things that outweigh the good of good bacteria). Staying away from antibiotics, alcohol, gluten, dairy, and the list goes on is another way to protect "good" gut bacteria that can be destroyed by these things / cause hives. My son gave me a gift of a "canning jar" type fermentation kit that came with a bunch of recipes. Cabbage and salt and time (as in 21 days) are the 3 main ingredients for home-made saurekraut. Functional Dr.s are the best type of Dr. to help you win the battle with Hashimoto's. They treat the person, and yes, use blood tests, etc. but they also listen when the patient says, "I feel worse" or "I feel better". I've come to know that hormones (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and more) also play a big part in healing. Vitamin D3, selenium, methylated B Vitamins, and Vitamin E are essential in returning to health. Even if you do not suffer from indigestion, consider adding digestive enzymes to a daily vitamin regime. Remember, the disease is centered in the gut. Consider what many call a "10 day jump-start" of fruits and vegetables only (both raw and cooked and fermented) to "re-set" the gut. Not advocating a vegetarian diet, but again, giving the gut a rest while it heals. As you return to eating other foods after the 10 days, you may notice (if you add back different foods gradually) what agrees with your gut, and what does not.
I personally have learned that I have two "weak" MTHFR genes, in a genetic test performed by my Functional Dr. Notice I did not say defective. In this day and age of pesticides, GMO, and other pollutants and foreign agents that enter into our food and water, I have what Dr. Ben Lynch described as "Dirty Genes" (in his book with the same title). I must take special care to eat "clean". (More of the veggies, less of the sausages, cold cuts, processed food and GMO grains). Page 119 of Dr. Ben Lynch book on dirty genes discusses hives in connection with a dirty DAO gene.
All of the above is not easy, and my busy lifestyle of a working mother, grandmother, highly active volunteer, living on the farm, does not lend itself to indulging in hours of pampering of self, nor planning macrobiotic meals. So, I may never be fully healed. I may have to settle for feeling good for a greater percentage of the time. What I do know and have experienced is that it is possible! It has been years since I experienced really bad hives (which are scary), and looking back, it was in conjunction with what was most probably some other disease associated with a tick bite. So, Hashimoto's in combination with any virus / bacteria / fungal type infection stacks up to a body that screams in a "hive" way, "do something".
Why do more women than men suffer from Hashimoto's? Why does the percentage (some estimates are that a much as 40% of women worldwide suffer from some form of autoimmune disease (fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue) of those who suffer with Hashimoto's increase every year? Why is it that main stream Dr.s do not understand Hashimoto's, nor seem to care about learning? (including endocrinologists!) The answers to these questions and similar are elusive at best, criminal at worst. That is why we must treat and educate ourselves with diet, lifestyle modification, vitamins and herbs.
Read, read, read everything you can get your hands on as to restoring gut health. Find a functional Dr. Share what works for you – please.

@ambrose

Having a diagnosis of Hashimoto's, one then must begin on a great education. This site is one of many that offer those who share what they have learned about living very successfully with the disease, some even claim that they have "cured" or greatly reduced all symptoms. Until you do learn by trial and error what works for you, It is highly encouraged that you do take the Synthroid (T4) if it works for you, or the many (T3 T4) natural combination medications, like Armour Thyroid, or NatureThroid.
One of the many things that you will learn about is "gut health". In my 30 year battle to regain health and quite a measure of normalcy with Hashimoto's, gut health is always there at the center. Adding natural gut fauna and flora to the digestive tract is one way to nurture the gut. Learn to make your own saurekraut, or kimchi, or any one of a number of other naturally fermented foods and eat at least 1/2 cup of these things daily. Kombucha Tea is another fermented drink that has now become quite available to buy at everyday big grocery stores (that have an "organic" / health food isle). One doctor told me that if you buy saurekraut, do not buy it in plastic or tin, but only in glass (apparently the plastic and tin bring bad things that outweigh the good of good bacteria). Staying away from antibiotics, alcohol, gluten, dairy, and the list goes on is another way to protect "good" gut bacteria that can be destroyed by these things / cause hives. My son gave me a gift of a "canning jar" type fermentation kit that came with a bunch of recipes. Cabbage and salt and time (as in 21 days) are the 3 main ingredients for home-made saurekraut. Functional Dr.s are the best type of Dr. to help you win the battle with Hashimoto's. They treat the person, and yes, use blood tests, etc. but they also listen when the patient says, "I feel worse" or "I feel better". I've come to know that hormones (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and more) also play a big part in healing. Vitamin D3, selenium, methylated B Vitamins, and Vitamin E are essential in returning to health. Even if you do not suffer from indigestion, consider adding digestive enzymes to a daily vitamin regime. Remember, the disease is centered in the gut. Consider what many call a "10 day jump-start" of fruits and vegetables only (both raw and cooked and fermented) to "re-set" the gut. Not advocating a vegetarian diet, but again, giving the gut a rest while it heals. As you return to eating other foods after the 10 days, you may notice (if you add back different foods gradually) what agrees with your gut, and what does not.
I personally have learned that I have two "weak" MTHFR genes, in a genetic test performed by my Functional Dr. Notice I did not say defective. In this day and age of pesticides, GMO, and other pollutants and foreign agents that enter into our food and water, I have what Dr. Ben Lynch described as "Dirty Genes" (in his book with the same title). I must take special care to eat "clean". (More of the veggies, less of the sausages, cold cuts, processed food and GMO grains). Page 119 of Dr. Ben Lynch book on dirty genes discusses hives in connection with a dirty DAO gene.
All of the above is not easy, and my busy lifestyle of a working mother, grandmother, highly active volunteer, living on the farm, does not lend itself to indulging in hours of pampering of self, nor planning macrobiotic meals. So, I may never be fully healed. I may have to settle for feeling good for a greater percentage of the time. What I do know and have experienced is that it is possible! It has been years since I experienced really bad hives (which are scary), and looking back, it was in conjunction with what was most probably some other disease associated with a tick bite. So, Hashimoto's in combination with any virus / bacteria / fungal type infection stacks up to a body that screams in a "hive" way, "do something".
Why do more women than men suffer from Hashimoto's? Why does the percentage (some estimates are that a much as 40% of women worldwide suffer from some form of autoimmune disease (fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue) of those who suffer with Hashimoto's increase every year? Why is it that main stream Dr.s do not understand Hashimoto's, nor seem to care about learning? (including endocrinologists!) The answers to these questions and similar are elusive at best, criminal at worst. That is why we must treat and educate ourselves with diet, lifestyle modification, vitamins and herbs.
Read, read, read everything you can get your hands on as to restoring gut health. Find a functional Dr. Share what works for you – please.

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@ambrose
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your long and hope filled story. I'm currently battling a major battle of hives. I'm nearing the 3 month mark and luckily, I take action on my health when something is weird, so I hope I don't join the "i've had this for multiple years" club. UGH!

I found a doctor in my town who is a combination Function/western medicine doctor. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to start boosting my savings account in order to regularly see a functional medicine doctor. I'm going the route of blood panels and so far tall that's come up is I'm vitamin D3 deficient. They're doing some urine tests to see if I have anything else going on. I'm trying to trust the process, but I'm growing impatient

What did you go through to get your Hashimoto's diagnosed? I've visited my endocriniologist 3 times in the last 6 months, but my T3 and T4 are testing normal. I'm worried they're not doing enough to check for it. All they've done is touched my thorat with their fingers to see if it was enlarged?

Almost everyone is Vit D3 deficient today, and that is certainly true for those of us with Auto-immune disorders. (Hashimoto's, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, etc. all the new diseases are really different manifestations of autoimmunity, most like brought on by antibiotic use, poor diet, pesticides, pollution, etc.) Most endocrinologists test for thyroid problems by measuring not only T3 and T4, but TSH (thyroid sending hormone). Those are blood tests that almost never prove anything conclusively. What finally tipped the scales for me, was a urinalysis testing for "antibodies" in the urine. They were there and "bingo" – you have Hashimoto's. (They had me collect urine for a week! – but that was 20 years ago) Yes, they touched my throat (searching for a goiter) and never found anything. There are so many women (especially) who tell and re-tell this same story over the decades. That of testing the blood and being told nothing is wrong. In Europe the Dr.s go strictly by TSH – if it's over 10 you are given Synthroid / Levothyroxine. (Incidentally, a site name "HealthUnlocked" is a great social media type site to share what works with people from all over the world!). In reality, you are very sick at 3 or 4 TSH. (That was my "borderline" diagnosis). I have had TSH as high as 40 and in the ER with "malignant hypertension". The thyroid is a serious thing to leave untreated if it becomes diseased. On the bright side, there are many ways to treat such diseases, if only one can find a Dr. that will listen, and not just look at blood tests. Eating clean helps. Healing the gut helps, Cleansing the liver helps. Oil of oregano helps. Olive Leaf Extract helps. Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamine E. Do you have any signs of hair loss (eye brows, lashes?), achy joints, dry skin?

@shannalee3

Okay I need some help I've been sick since January of 2005 I have had hives everyday some days are worse than others are the palms of my hands so I've out and swell up my face was as you can see in the picture my whole body will swell and be covered in hives I've had this for 14 years all my blood work comes back normal my father has lupus but my ANA just keeps coming back to normal my T3 or T4 I don't remember which was high one time I've been all over my state which is Missouri and nobody knows anything oh yeah and if I take steroids or antihistamines have any kind I have out worse it just makes me sicker there has to be something somewhere or something causing this if anybody has any kind of information please

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Hi @shannalee3, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm sorry you've had to deal with the hives for so long without any treatment that helps. I'm tagging our moderator @kanaazpereira to see if we should move your post to the following discussion on hives that is more active and will give your post more visibility.

Groups > Skin Health > Horrible Hives
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/horrible-hives/

In the meantime, here is some information from Mayo Clinic on chronic hives that may be helpful.

Chronic hives – Symptoms & causes – Diagnosis & treatment
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-hives/symptoms-causes/syc-20352719

I’m not sure if it is an option for you but if it is, the Mayo Clinic is very good at diagnosing health issues that are difficult to diagnose. If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, you can contact one of their appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here:

Mayo Clinic Contact Information: https://www.mayoclinic.org/appointments

Have you found anything that helps?

Okay I need some help I've been sick since January of 2005 I have had hives everyday some days are worse than others are the palms of my hands so I've out and swell up my face was as you can see in the picture my whole body will swell and be covered in hives I've had this for 14 years all my blood work comes back normal my father has lupus but my ANA just keeps coming back to normal my T3 or T4 I don't remember which was high one time I've been all over my state which is Missouri and nobody knows anything oh yeah and if I take steroids or antihistamines have any kind I have out worse it just makes me sicker there has to be something somewhere or something causing this if anybody has any kind of information please

Hi @shannalee3,

You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on hives. as it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

@kanaazpereira

Hi @shannalee3,

You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on hives. as it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

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Thank you very much hope i can find somebody that can maybe give me some leads to go in a New Direction with this

@shannalee3

Okay I need some help I've been sick since January of 2005 I have had hives everyday some days are worse than others are the palms of my hands so I've out and swell up my face was as you can see in the picture my whole body will swell and be covered in hives I've had this for 14 years all my blood work comes back normal my father has lupus but my ANA just keeps coming back to normal my T3 or T4 I don't remember which was high one time I've been all over my state which is Missouri and nobody knows anything oh yeah and if I take steroids or antihistamines have any kind I have out worse it just makes me sicker there has to be something somewhere or something causing this if anybody has any kind of information please

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I live in Missouri also and I agree nobody knows anything here, and unfortunately they’re not likely to anytime soon. ( my humble opinion and experience over the last 15 years) I go and visit a doctor in Oklahoma it’s 500 miles one way but I have family there and so I make it a time to visit and a time to get help. There is a functional doctor just south of Tulsa Oklahoma and I’m happy to share the information with you if you like. It looks like the Mayo Clinic has posted some good information for you as well – of course the mayo clinic is like the gold standard. I once knew a young man who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – he was young and he had basically begin to resign his life, had five small children . He decided to go to the Mayo Clinic where he found out he didn’t have multiple sclerosis at all and that he would live a normal life! I don’t know where you live in Missouri but another suggestion is Iowa city . Iowa city has some very good doctors, and perhaps use more of a functional medicine approach than many mainstream doctors.
But seriously one of the best things we can do for ourselves… is the 10 day jumpstart diet where we eat nothing but veggies raw or cooked or fermented. We have been exposed to so many genetically altered foods that were grown with pesticides that our bodies eventually say enough ! I Once ate a single soybean raw from my brother-in-law’s field here in Missouri and had hives for two days. Why? I just wanted to see what it tasted like. Did I know it was laced and genetically engineered to include the pesticide Round Up? No! Our bodies can get rid of an amazing amount of poison and toxicity but we have to give it a break and it starts with our digestive system and lots of good water . Eat organic for those 10 days if you can and add back foods one at a time, to perhaps find the allergen that’s causing the hives – most likely. Please share what works for you WHEN you find the solution – and you will. You may be very surprised at how simple the solution is and how sad that doctors won’t or can’t, tell you.

Hi all, I have a question about steroids. I have Clippers disease and have been on steroids for almost a year. I’m now don to 15mg per day and will taper down after my next MRI. For a few weeks I’ve noticed some pain in my jaw, but more an ache not like a toothache. Went to the dentist and he said my bite was off and this can happen with steroids. He smoothed out the lower tooth but said it may take a few days to get better. Luckily, X-rays showed that the bone was in good shape. Has anyone else experienced this with steroids?

@ambrose

I live in Missouri also and I agree nobody knows anything here, and unfortunately they’re not likely to anytime soon. ( my humble opinion and experience over the last 15 years) I go and visit a doctor in Oklahoma it’s 500 miles one way but I have family there and so I make it a time to visit and a time to get help. There is a functional doctor just south of Tulsa Oklahoma and I’m happy to share the information with you if you like. It looks like the Mayo Clinic has posted some good information for you as well – of course the mayo clinic is like the gold standard. I once knew a young man who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – he was young and he had basically begin to resign his life, had five small children . He decided to go to the Mayo Clinic where he found out he didn’t have multiple sclerosis at all and that he would live a normal life! I don’t know where you live in Missouri but another suggestion is Iowa city . Iowa city has some very good doctors, and perhaps use more of a functional medicine approach than many mainstream doctors.
But seriously one of the best things we can do for ourselves… is the 10 day jumpstart diet where we eat nothing but veggies raw or cooked or fermented. We have been exposed to so many genetically altered foods that were grown with pesticides that our bodies eventually say enough ! I Once ate a single soybean raw from my brother-in-law’s field here in Missouri and had hives for two days. Why? I just wanted to see what it tasted like. Did I know it was laced and genetically engineered to include the pesticide Round Up? No! Our bodies can get rid of an amazing amount of poison and toxicity but we have to give it a break and it starts with our digestive system and lots of good water . Eat organic for those 10 days if you can and add back foods one at a time, to perhaps find the allergen that’s causing the hives – most likely. Please share what works for you WHEN you find the solution – and you will. You may be very surprised at how simple the solution is and how sad that doctors won’t or can’t, tell you.

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Well I'm currently in st.joe but I've been to Columbia I've been to Kansas City I've been to Kirksville I've been all over the place as tarded honestly my finger my finger it's like something bit me I scratched it this was like 3 in the morning my whole finger swell up the next day I went to the hospital there I go here have some steroids and Benadryl you're having allergic reaction I was like no this is coming from the inside of my body I can feel it and it is kept pumping before steroids till eventually out ended up in ICU and the steroids just made it worse nothing seems to be making it better my doctor now at st.joe is talking about sending me to the Mayo Clinic I've been sick since I was 22 I'm now 36 and I just want to feel good and thank you for all the information

Hello, I’m here out of desperation for my husband, David.

Almost 8 months ago he started breaking out in horrible, full body hives for no apparent reason. Nothing new had been introduced to our life; he just woke up one day covered from head to toe. We started taking antihistamines, with no relief, and after a massive attack to the point that hives on his eyelids caused his eyelids to swell, we went to the ER. They then directed us to an allergist, who did a skin test and found nothing.

We were then referred to an endocrinologist, who did her own tests and discovered that his body was being flooded with a type of antibody that usually attacks the thyroid. She diagnosed him with the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s (which his mother does have), and put him on a low synthroid dose, although she said his thyroid was functioning fine. She also disagnosed him with prediabetes and put him on metformin. Neither of these helped the hives, which by this time had become a constant thing to his every moment.

After this we went to his GP, who put him on steroids. For about a week he cleared up, but then the hives came back, even with the steroids. His doctor didn’t want to give him more steroids, so she put him on a stronger dose of antihistamines that he had to take four times a day. These did nothing.

The hives got worse. One time he got so covered and his body swole so much that his lips split open and I rushed him to the ER in fear that he would die. The ER didn’t do anything but gave him more steroids.

We were then referred to a dermatologist who was willing to go the extra mile to help us. She did many bloods tests and skin tests, and found his body was being flooded with a type of antibody called neutrophils. She also mentioned that his hives were some of the worst she’s ever seen. She first tried a combo of steroids and antihistamines, but this didn’t help. She then put him on a type of medicine called methotrexate, which helped for a while, but ultimately began to not work just like the other methods of treatment. He was told by his dermatologist that methotrexate isn’t a solution and can be dangerous, so he can’t be on it longer than six months.

We were then referred to a rheumatologist due to a large C-reactive protein in his body. My husband tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis, so the rheumatologist is now testing him for the whole amount of auto immune diseases. We will get the results next week. But we are basically hitting a brick wall with this, and my husband and I are both disheartened to find that nothing seems to be working to help him.

At this point. we are desperate, looking for answers anywhere we can. This isn’t livable for my husband, not knowing whether or not he will be able to walk because hives have swollen his feet to the point that he can’t. We really need some guidance about where to look for answers from anyone who can provide them.

Hi @olivalot and welcome to Connect. You may have noticed I moved your post to this existing discussion on hives, so that you can connect with others who have experienced hives that won't go away. Click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to get to your post.

It must be so demoralizing to not find any answers and have no treatments so far help your husband. I wanted to introduce you to @gardeningjunkie @shannalee3 @thoferer81017 and @amberpep as they have experience with hives or other undiagnosed skin conditions and may be able to offer you support as you help your husband.

Back to you @olivalot, how is your husband doing today? Is there anything he does that helps limit the itchiness of the hives?

@olivalot

Hello, I’m here out of desperation for my husband, David.

Almost 8 months ago he started breaking out in horrible, full body hives for no apparent reason. Nothing new had been introduced to our life; he just woke up one day covered from head to toe. We started taking antihistamines, with no relief, and after a massive attack to the point that hives on his eyelids caused his eyelids to swell, we went to the ER. They then directed us to an allergist, who did a skin test and found nothing.

We were then referred to an endocrinologist, who did her own tests and discovered that his body was being flooded with a type of antibody that usually attacks the thyroid. She diagnosed him with the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s (which his mother does have), and put him on a low synthroid dose, although she said his thyroid was functioning fine. She also disagnosed him with prediabetes and put him on metformin. Neither of these helped the hives, which by this time had become a constant thing to his every moment.

After this we went to his GP, who put him on steroids. For about a week he cleared up, but then the hives came back, even with the steroids. His doctor didn’t want to give him more steroids, so she put him on a stronger dose of antihistamines that he had to take four times a day. These did nothing.

The hives got worse. One time he got so covered and his body swole so much that his lips split open and I rushed him to the ER in fear that he would die. The ER didn’t do anything but gave him more steroids.

We were then referred to a dermatologist who was willing to go the extra mile to help us. She did many bloods tests and skin tests, and found his body was being flooded with a type of antibody called neutrophils. She also mentioned that his hives were some of the worst she’s ever seen. She first tried a combo of steroids and antihistamines, but this didn’t help. She then put him on a type of medicine called methotrexate, which helped for a while, but ultimately began to not work just like the other methods of treatment. He was told by his dermatologist that methotrexate isn’t a solution and can be dangerous, so he can’t be on it longer than six months.

We were then referred to a rheumatologist due to a large C-reactive protein in his body. My husband tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis, so the rheumatologist is now testing him for the whole amount of auto immune diseases. We will get the results next week. But we are basically hitting a brick wall with this, and my husband and I are both disheartened to find that nothing seems to be working to help him.

At this point. we are desperate, looking for answers anywhere we can. This isn’t livable for my husband, not knowing whether or not he will be able to walk because hives have swollen his feet to the point that he can’t. We really need some guidance about where to look for answers from anyone who can provide them.

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Your husband has Hashimoto's skin disease which is a complicated auto-immune disease. I have a girlfriend who like your husband has H. and at times has had severe skin hives, so it does seem to be tied into this disease. My previous other experience with hives is based on my sister-in-law who after eating strawberries will break out in hives within a few hours, so in her case it is a food allergy.
You are searching for answers and often those of us with autoimmune diseases have multiple diseases and this could be happening to your husband.
I have no medical experience, but been forced to educate myself about skin disease because of my own issues and so I am offering a few ideas because I do understand the misery your husband is experiencing as I have had eczema inflammation which was driving me to the point of suicide because the pain and itching didn't allow me to sleep. I was loosing my mind. I spent hours a day searching for answers and because of my diligence giving my doctors ideas when stymied I am leading a controlled but happy and productive life again.
#1- Have you checked into the 5 Day Extended Patch Test? It is given by a specially licensed dermatologist or allergist and yes this test takes 5 full days. They may not be able to administer the test if his back is broken out, as he needs a clear area of skin to test and for most it is the entire upper back. I didn't become allergic to contacts until middle age, yes it can happen overnight because our body finally gets weary of trying to protect us from toxins and yes even natural ingredients we come in contact with every day. The answers I got from this test gave me my life back.
#2- Another option is a detox diet to get his inflammation down. True my contact allergies caused my Allergic Contact Dermatitis, ACD, which is chronic but under control because of my test results which allowed me to purge the allergens from my environment, but after that I developed 2 other forms of eczema. Auto immune diseases seem to pile on. Yes all doctors want to prescribe steroids, quick results for some, yet I am allergic to 3 of the 5 classes of steroids and for one of my new forms of eczema the steroids actually fed this eczema. Also my other form did not respond to even my non-allergic steroids at all. As a last result I began a detox to lower inflammation. Candida is often the cause even though I had no common symptoms like discharge from the vagina, that's because yeast can live inside our tissues raising our histamines in our bodies. 4 months later I am amazed at the results. Food allergies or foods that breed yeast raise our bodies inflammation caused by high histamines (your husband is taking strong antihistamines trying to lower his histamine levels). This diet is simple- it is a zero carb and zero sugar diet (yes even natural as in fruit) for 2 months. This starves out the residual yeast in the body killing it. Yeast requires carbs and sugars to live and yes when it is dying out you will go though withdrawal, as the starving yeast is sending messages to the brain to be fed sugar. After 2 months of this elimination dies, I am allowed a few minimal serving of fruit a week and a few servings of carbs, but no gluten. No processed sugar for life. Surprisingly after 6 weeks I noticed a difference at the same time my sugar craving lessons. My mouth no longer watered looking at a cookie or piece of candy which others in the household were eating. I read a book which got me motivated to try this detox, yet your husband is so severe he should consider seeing an MD who specializes in food allergies or food related health issues. This diet will not harm his body and as he is desperate this is a safe consideration and it may help him. Of course check with his specialist about Hashimoto's before he tries this diet as that disease has food restrictions I believe.
Hope is keeping him going right now and it seems you have good medical care and are learning what he has and what he doesn't have and let us know his progress. Also keep searching on blogs like this as I learned a tremendous amount for fellow sufferers.

@ambrose

I live in Missouri also and I agree nobody knows anything here, and unfortunately they’re not likely to anytime soon. ( my humble opinion and experience over the last 15 years) I go and visit a doctor in Oklahoma it’s 500 miles one way but I have family there and so I make it a time to visit and a time to get help. There is a functional doctor just south of Tulsa Oklahoma and I’m happy to share the information with you if you like. It looks like the Mayo Clinic has posted some good information for you as well – of course the mayo clinic is like the gold standard. I once knew a young man who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – he was young and he had basically begin to resign his life, had five small children . He decided to go to the Mayo Clinic where he found out he didn’t have multiple sclerosis at all and that he would live a normal life! I don’t know where you live in Missouri but another suggestion is Iowa city . Iowa city has some very good doctors, and perhaps use more of a functional medicine approach than many mainstream doctors.
But seriously one of the best things we can do for ourselves… is the 10 day jumpstart diet where we eat nothing but veggies raw or cooked or fermented. We have been exposed to so many genetically altered foods that were grown with pesticides that our bodies eventually say enough ! I Once ate a single soybean raw from my brother-in-law’s field here in Missouri and had hives for two days. Why? I just wanted to see what it tasted like. Did I know it was laced and genetically engineered to include the pesticide Round Up? No! Our bodies can get rid of an amazing amount of poison and toxicity but we have to give it a break and it starts with our digestive system and lots of good water . Eat organic for those 10 days if you can and add back foods one at a time, to perhaps find the allergen that’s causing the hives – most likely. Please share what works for you WHEN you find the solution – and you will. You may be very surprised at how simple the solution is and how sad that doctors won’t or can’t, tell you.

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Yes diet can be a simple solution. For me I tried the Dr. William Crook anti yeast candida diet I read about in his book The Yeast Connection which was reported to reduce the inflammation in our bodies which could cause skin issues. Now after using myself as a Guinea Pig I have come to the same conclusions you have about the food we eat today. As a senior my body finally couldn't handle the toxic foods included in what I believed was a healthy diet. Weight has never been an issue and I always ate foods I believed to be healthy and full of vitamins with only occasional desserts or processed sugar foods. Those of us that try a detox diet have to be forced to give up our favorite foods, even foods we always to believed to be healthy and full of vitamins and nutrition. Pain is a strong driving force which can give us will power. Also these diets take time to notice results, for me no positive change until 6 weeks. Plus we can't return to eating the same way we used to or we will have our symptoms return.

@olivalot

Hello, I’m here out of desperation for my husband, David.

Almost 8 months ago he started breaking out in horrible, full body hives for no apparent reason. Nothing new had been introduced to our life; he just woke up one day covered from head to toe. We started taking antihistamines, with no relief, and after a massive attack to the point that hives on his eyelids caused his eyelids to swell, we went to the ER. They then directed us to an allergist, who did a skin test and found nothing.

We were then referred to an endocrinologist, who did her own tests and discovered that his body was being flooded with a type of antibody that usually attacks the thyroid. She diagnosed him with the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s (which his mother does have), and put him on a low synthroid dose, although she said his thyroid was functioning fine. She also disagnosed him with prediabetes and put him on metformin. Neither of these helped the hives, which by this time had become a constant thing to his every moment.

After this we went to his GP, who put him on steroids. For about a week he cleared up, but then the hives came back, even with the steroids. His doctor didn’t want to give him more steroids, so she put him on a stronger dose of antihistamines that he had to take four times a day. These did nothing.

The hives got worse. One time he got so covered and his body swole so much that his lips split open and I rushed him to the ER in fear that he would die. The ER didn’t do anything but gave him more steroids.

We were then referred to a dermatologist who was willing to go the extra mile to help us. She did many bloods tests and skin tests, and found his body was being flooded with a type of antibody called neutrophils. She also mentioned that his hives were some of the worst she’s ever seen. She first tried a combo of steroids and antihistamines, but this didn’t help. She then put him on a type of medicine called methotrexate, which helped for a while, but ultimately began to not work just like the other methods of treatment. He was told by his dermatologist that methotrexate isn’t a solution and can be dangerous, so he can’t be on it longer than six months.

We were then referred to a rheumatologist due to a large C-reactive protein in his body. My husband tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis, so the rheumatologist is now testing him for the whole amount of auto immune diseases. We will get the results next week. But we are basically hitting a brick wall with this, and my husband and I are both disheartened to find that nothing seems to be working to help him.

At this point. we are desperate, looking for answers anywhere we can. This isn’t livable for my husband, not knowing whether or not he will be able to walk because hives have swollen his feet to the point that he can’t. We really need some guidance about where to look for answers from anyone who can provide them.

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I checked with my female friend, age 65, who has had Hashimoto's since age 12. She has had hives just a few times in her life, yet 2 years ago, out of the blue, she had a radical hive attack unlike her other milder attacks. The spots looked liked targets and covered her entire body. Her doctor termed it "erythema multiforma". He prescribed anti viral meds and told her if the hives entered her eyes or privates to go immediately to the ER, which they did not do. Like you she has found no direct connection of H. to hives, but hives are an autoimmune disease and as mentioned those of us with autoimmune disease often have multiple types.

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