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In February of 2009 I started to get a rash. It started on my leg and was just clear little spots and then they would start to itch and when I itched more would sprout up. They would be in patches; mostly little tiny blister-like spots that were raised and in little clusters. They itched immensely. I would scratch and then eventually they would flatten out and turn red and then go away.

I tried washing all my sheets and clothes in an unscented baby detergent, I changed all my soaps to unscented all natural soaps such as oatmeal washes and aveeno moisturizing wash. I hadn’t boughten any new makeup or perfumes etc. I went to the doctor at my University and she said I had scabies. (which didn’t make sense because my boyfriend or roommate didn’t have it) but I washed every piece of clothing and bedding I had and used to lotion I was given and my rash just got worse.

I went to my real doctor and he gave me steroids and said I was having an allergic reaction. The rash went away and came back a few weeks later. I went to my doctor again and he gave me a higher dosage of steroids. The rash went away and came back a few weeks later. I went back to the doctor and he sent me to an allergy specialist. I went there, was tested and looked at and they had no idea what it was. They gave me a lotion but it didn’t work. So I went back to my doctor and he said take Zyrtec, which I do, and it doesn’t seem to help. No itch relief lotions work.

The itching is terrible sometimes it wakes me up at night. It itches so bad I scratch and bleed and have bruises all over my legs. The bumps have started to scab over and scar in some places. In two spots it turned a patch of skin pink on the inside and red on the outside and is rough. It’s mostly on my upper thighs, claves, and arms. Sometimes it is on my chest as well.

Not only is this embarrassing to look at, but the itching is intolerable. It’s just getting worse. I’ve had this for over 6 months and I don’t know what to do please help!!
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replied August 20th, 2009
Unknown chronic hives answer!
I first got hives when I was about 11 years old and they lasted for a few months and my parents never figured out the cause but they finally stopped appearing so we all thought it was over. Now 10 years later they are back! It first started out in Feb. as a few very itchy bumps on my legs when I woke up in the morning and then throughout the day they would fade. I thought it was Bed bugs and so I cleaned our apartment washed everything and searched for bugs on the bed, but there was nothing! I hadn't changed anything as far as eating, detergents, makeups. At first benadryl helped and then loratadine too. But after a month that stopped helping so I went to the family doc and he said to make a log of everything I ate, perfumes and detergents used and go to an allergy specialist. He also put me on prednisone, which helped but also made me gain about 10 lbs! I waited a few weeks before I called the allergy specialist and then one morning I woke up lips swollen, eyes swollen, and hives from head to toe! I went to the emergency clinic and they put me on steroids AGAIN and also gave me a steroid shot. That shot was supposed to last 3 days and only lasted through the night! SO I called and went to an allergy specialist and he told me it had to be something I was doing differently as far as diet or that stress could be a factor and that I would have to be off all medicine for a week to get the allergy testing. I couldnt even survive a day without medicine so I said no and he gave me 2 scrips: 3 months of Allegra and Ranitdine. He also said that if they arent gone in a month to come back. Now about 3 months later and I still have the hives and the medicine isn't working anymore!

SO....since I am so miserable with the hives and have a 1 year old to take care of, I really need to get to the bottom of this. I had a thought that the hives might be an internal problem, so maybe getting my full bloodwork scan will solve the problem. But I had a thought that maybe it was a thyroid related problem...and I googled hives and thyroid and it came up with a disease.

Hashimoto's disease...it is low thyroid or hypothyroidism...

So now my last step is to go to the doctor and tell him how to do his job!!! I really hope this is the answer so that I can get on medicine and I hope this helps with your hives too! I know how embarrassing it is to have to go out in public covered in nasty red bumps! Good luck!
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replied November 5th, 2011
Hi vandru10, your experience sounds so similar to mine. When I was 13 yrs old I broke out in hives head to toe for 3 months. Doctors of all sorts couldn't figure it out, I had to go on prednisone a few times to get rid of the hives. But now, 22 yrs old, I am going through it again. Ive tried prednisone once n it only took care of me for abt 6 days. It's coming back and the zantac & zyrtec I'm on only take the edge off. I've had bloodwork done to check for autoimmune diseases, including lymes, but the results came back negative. I wake up with hives mostly on my joints, feet, knees, hands, n elbows. Sometimes my hips n armpits too. I've also had swollen hands, lips, and feet. I hate prednisone, it only hides the real problem and I want answers! Did you ever get a diagnosis? please let me know, I'm reaching the 3 month mark again. Thank you for your time & help!
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replied August 25th, 2009
i have a similar thing and i looked on google and it said i have pityrasia rosea?.
it all started when i went on holidays for 7 weeks and still hasn't gone.
i have red rash over me and some times goes about 3 cm wide and long.
and i went to a doctor in spain and she told me to take cortosone and it helps but came back again. and maby comes some times on my face.
PLEASEEE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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replied August 28th, 2009
omg you are the first person i have found that is dealing with the same thing i am. mine started about 3 weeks ago and it is unbearable. and some are below the crease of my bottom and so my pants rub there so when i walk that is all i feel. and they have crusted over but then i scratch it in my sleep and theyll start to bleed. and theyve formed into like sections on each side of my inner thighs and its horrible. idk what to do.
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replied September 10th, 2009
I have the same thing! I thought it was stress-related, as it seems to occur more during the work week. I'm waiting for blood test results, as the first test came back with something signaling inflammation somewhere in the body (c-reative protein test). This has been the worst three months of my life.
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replied September 13th, 2009
when i went to the doctor they told me mine was scabies.
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replied December 22nd, 2009
Mystery Diagnoses.
I think I might have the same thing. I've had the rash since the end of july. At first it started on my lower legs, but slowly crept up. It has not been on my face, and is mainly on my arms, legs, and sides of my chest.
The itching is unbearable at night. It effects me throughout the day as well, to the point where i cannot focus on anything else. The bumps are red, spread apart and in clusters, and some are puss filled.
I thought it was a staph infection but when I went to the derm and they diagnosed it as scabies. I had 3 treatments and the rash only got slightly better. Also, nobody else has contracted the rash so i was skeptical that it could be scabies.
Recently I've been experiencing hives along with the rash. The hives have occured only on my thighs and hips. I went to the derm once again and they told me it was either fleas or bedbugs. My pets do not have fleas, and I have cleaned my sheets, rugs, etc. numerous amount of times throughout this process.
Now I think it is folliculitus but am not possitive that the symptoms match up...
I am only 17 and this is really affecting me. It's not only uncomfortable, but extremely embarrasing. Any help would be appreciated.
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replied February 3rd, 2010
I have something similar - intensely itchy red hives that can appear anywhere on my body but particularly where clothes rub against my skin. I've had this occur 4 times in my life, each a few years apart. I've done the nhs route, trying everything they suggest and seeing lots of specialists. It wasn't until I saw a nutritional therapist that I had any success at all. After cutting out gluten and dairy things are more manageable. If you're getting a bit fed up of the nhs I strongly recommend you try something similar.
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replied February 19th, 2010
9 months for me here, itches like crazy and I will bleed from the softest scratches. Started around my neck area, now it's throughout the body but mainly on the thigh area and on both sides of my body under the arms. Was put on cortisone creams it worked for a week or so and it came back. Was then put on prednisone which worked for a week and came back. It eventually spread to my scalp, my scalp would itch like crazy! And I had to go in and get prednisone injections!!! I still haven't found a care, but from my experience STAY AWAY FROM PREDNISONE!!! It makes things 100x complicated!

It's like a credit card, use it and your inflammation goes away... but then you're prone to bacterial infection from suppressed immune. Then it will trigger severe acne which causes your face to burn from all the wounds on your face. What's worse, when you're on long courses of antibiotics then comes along yeast/fungal infection as the antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body including the good bacteria.

Good luck guys, i'm still trying to find a cure
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replied March 12th, 2010
Skin Rash
i dont know what i have.... I had a itchy rash on the left side of my neck...It would come and go for about 3 months...then it went away and about 4 or 5 months later I got another itchy rash right below my belly button. Now when i was 16 i was in a bad car accident and had to have surgery on my belly. Well thats where the rash is now...The itching is droving me crazy and I can't afford to go to a doctor. It bleeds and itches some more...What should I do? I really wish this would go away.
Please...anything would help!!
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replied March 18th, 2010
I had a rash for over 6 months. Diagnosed as papular urticaria, basically an allergy to bug bites that flashes up when you are re-bitten. One week after this diagnosis (which came after two biopsies and countless doctor visits), I had a rash that was slightly different and more painful. That was diagnosed as shingles. I am on an antiviral and am hoping for the best. The initial outbreak of shingles looks like several of the "bites" from my itchy rash in one lump, with redness, and it made my muscles sore and was very sensitive to heat or cold. Now the rash has spread around to my chest and is very itchy and quite similar to the original rash.

I should add that my dermatologist suggested that the rash was bed bugs, and like many of you I cleaned, set traps, and hunted them...and found nothing.

Good luck!
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replied May 23rd, 2010
burning chronic v neck rash-unrelated to sun exposure
Before Christmas my neck and upper chest urned bright red ant the tissue swelled where I would have rings and very painful raised red ares wrapping around my neck. I cannot stand any heat, my nerves are shot and even my hair toughing it it huts, I am at my wits end. I have been to 2 dermatologitss, a neurology and an internist. Can anyone help Me? Now has been nearly 6 months and have been off and on all kinds of cortisone. It is literally making me crazy and I cannot find any relationship to a food, etc. I need help, Please! Chris
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replied February 9th, 2012
I have this problem ard the neck area on n off , jus recover. I can't stand heat, sweating, the redness raw skin come bk n feeling burning itchy, will start oozing when I scratch..I currently taking atarax 25mg n Zytec, whenever I feel itchy or I ate seafood or food tat is heaty to body.
Apply Baneocin powder helps to cure my neck problem, but most important is Diet n drink Plenty of water to flush out e toxin.
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replied October 18th, 2011
Did anyone find something out?! I'm going through the same thing and it's driving me crazy. I almost believe stress plays a good factor along with sensitive skin and sweating. I almost just wanna try some anti anxiety pills and see if that will work. Some please help
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replied December 8th, 2011
im coming up on six months of this torture. it's started back in late June for me. at first on my inner thighs. just thought they were bug bites but once i realized they weren't going away i got worried and went to the doc. Six months, tons of money and pills later still nothing. I'm itching every where now and i have these red welts below my belt line, below my butt and on my genitals that last for weeks at a time. i even when to the ER one nigh i was so freaked out. they didn't know what to tell me. now I'm waiting on blood work to come back. I'm praying to God i can get some good news. I feel like i'm in a BAD DREAM and i'm scared sick. I know i've had anxiety/stress problems in the past and i'm a heavy drinker. i've cut my drinking back to once a week b/c it sometimes seems to make it worse the next day. Aslo, i started working out/running a lot more around the time this whole thing started in order to curb my drinking and stress. Maybe hormones have something to do with it. idk. i almost hope it's not just stress b/c that's really gonna Stress me out! anyway when i make it through this i'm gonna have a whole new perspective on life. who knows maybe this could be a blessing once all is said and done
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replied February 9th, 2012
What did the test results show. I have been having the same symptoms for about two months now. I made several doctor appointments, one is tomorrow. When it first started I was at the doctor for another reason and showed the bumps to my doctor and she gave me hydrocortisone for itching.
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replied February 9th, 2012
Beltloop your symptoms sound like mine. What were your results if you don't mind.
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replied February 16th, 2012
Scabies
It was SCABIES!!! I was misdiagnosed for over six months. After seeing three different doctors and spending $600 on a trip to the ER..nothing. Some said it was eczema others told me that I had stress hives. Oh yeah.. the blood work, that cost more than the ER visit, showed nothing abnormal. It's wasn't until the girl that i was seeing at the time started showing the same symptoms as me. As soon as she told me i ran to my computer and googled contagious red bumps and found scabies. it took me less than five mins of reading to realize that it fit my symptoms. The red welts, rash and intense itching. Noneya8, if you think your symptoms are like mine I would strongly recommend looking up scabies. Don't be surprised if your doc is skeptical of this diagnosis either. This condition is often misdiagnosed. In fact my allergist got mad at me for even bring it up. He actually told me that he wished that he could prescribe some of his patients a college course in logic... he must have forgotten that 5 mins earlier i told him that my girl friend had just gotten diagnosed with scabies by her doc. lol Anyway, my dermatologist was skeptical too but he still gave me the treatment. With in 48hrs i could tell a difference. it's been almost two months now since i started treatment. I'm cured but in what is called post scabies. the welts and intense itching have gone away but my skin is still very sensitive. I have these dry patches that will flare up about once every week or so. From what I have read, post scabies symptoms can take months to go away depending on the persons skin and how long they had scabies.

Sorry i didn't write back sooner.=( This has been the most terrifying and lonely experience of my 27 years. Not knowing for 6 months was torture enough much less having to deal with scabies for that long. I pray that i gave it to no one else. Wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemies. somehow the Lord got me through it. But yeah, Noneya8 or anyone else who thinks they might have Scabies please feel free to ask me as many questions as you like and I'll see what I can do.
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replied February 16th, 2012
I went to see my OB/GYN because of the bumps on my groin area on last week and the first thing she said was it looks like Scabies. The only thing she gave me was an antibiotic tho. What type of doctor do you seek treatment for Scabies? This started with me in October 2011 when I brought home a stray cat. Even tho I was told it doesn't come from animals that is a big coincedence cause she sleeps in the bed with me.
Well Thank God you found some relief. What medicine are you taking for it? Thanks for all your help.
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replied February 17th, 2012
I would think that a dermatologist would be your best bet. although, that's what i did and it took six months to get the correct diagnosis. my girl friend on the other hand went to a family doc and they diagnosed it right away. i think what made the big difference in her case was that at that point it was pretty obvious that whatever i had was contagious.
Permethrin cream 5% is what the docs are most likely gonna prescribe you if they think you have scabies. not sure why your doc just gave you antibiotics if she thought it looked like scabies. antibiotics are only gonna help with secondary infections that are caused by scratching the skin.
Since October 2011..I guess some questions i would ask myself if i were u would be.. How long did it take you to make your first docs appointment bc of this condition? in my case it took me about 2 weeks to realize that something was wrong and that these were not just regular bug bites... Does the itching get so bad that you have to scratch it in public? even on body parts that you don't wanna scratch in front of other people? Does the itching often keep u up at night? Does the itching sometimes feel like a sharp pin prick? do you have rashes and little bumps that seem to move across your body? Has this condition become the biggest stress factor in your life? and of course had u been around anyone who seemed to be very itchy around the time u noticed your symptoms? keep in mind it can take up to six weeks to show sings of Scabies after getting infected. if you answered yes to most of these then it sure sounds like scabies.

The cat thing is interesting. Although, I seriously doubt you caught scabies from your cat... unless it had just dry humped an infected person right before you got it. lol but.. there is a variety of other mites that animals can carry. from what i have read animal mites can not live and reproduce on humans like the scabies mite can. although, they can still bite and dig into your skin. thus causing the itching and rash. If you were living near an animal(dog, cat, bird, bat, ect.)that had mites you could still very easely get some mites on you.
I wish you the best of luck! if you have anymore questions please feel free to ask me and I'd be glad to help
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replied February 27th, 2012
I went to the doctor a month after the first red welt under my arm appeared and a few others on my left hip area. I was going for urinary infection and just mentioned this itch bumps and she gave me some cortisone cream and said don't scratch or you will spread it. Silly me didn't even ask what it was. Then a month later it got worse and spread to my genital area which caused even more intense itching and began to scale and bleed which is probably why she gave me an antibiotic. Mind you I had boils in the genital area as well. Which I have began to suffer from quite regularly the last few years under my arm and in groin area. Anyways the itching got so bad I wanted to scratch constantly. I could barely contain myself in public. After the symptoms settled a little I went to my internal medicine doctor and she doesn't think it is scabies so I dont know. I am off to a dermatologist next week. Thanks for your help. God Bless!
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replied January 31st, 2012
Bacteria and Yeast Infections and Rash
Bacteria and Yeast Infections
Most people use oral anti fungal medication first without even consulting any specialist. This process simply wipes out the harmful bacteria from the intestines but it can also target the good bacteria.

To avoid chronic intestinal yeast infections you need to keep a balance of bacteria inside your body. There are good bacterium and there are bad bacterium. In a healthy person, the bacteria present in the stomach are controlled by the immune system of the body and probiotics. This is the good bacteria present in your body.

The main cause of an intestinal yeast infection is the multiplicity of Candida Albicans, which has very unpleasant symptoms associated with them.

The symptoms can range from mild irritation in the stomach to the severe cases that can endanger your life.

There are many situations which can make this happen.

There can be a lesser amount of good bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract if you have been consuming some regular medications over a long period of time such as: anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids or antibiotics.

This results in the reduction of the body's capability to control the multiplying Candida Albicans cells. The amount of Candida Albicans grows to a large number. This can lead to an intestinal yeast infection.

Damaged or Weakened Immune Systems
The problem may also arise with the malfunctioning of the immune system. This leaves you open to getting infections. Yeast infections are common amongst pregnant women.

The lifestyle of a person affects the immune system as well. You always need to maintain a lifestyle with a healthy and balanced diet, proper sleep and exercise are the mainstay to maintaining good health.

Stress in your life can also play a major role, affecting you emotionally as it has for many people. When this happens, people get run down, and their immune system will not function optimally.

Systemic Yeast Infections
If intestinal yeast infection is not checked on time, it can become much severe and the Candida Abicans can become more harmful for your body.

In this case, the yeast changes to the fungal infection, which then penetrates the walls of gastrointestinal tract and gets in.

This is when harmful spores are released into your body. This can also cause a collapse between intestinal tract and the circulator system, which makes it easier for irritants, toxins, allergens and poisons to get in the blood stream. This is known as leaky gut syndrome.

Candida Albicans can be detected through a blood test or you can try our test here.

Natural treatments for yeast infections are effective and have little to no side effects. The problem can also be addressed by taking anti fungal pills however these may ideed have side efects. This is of course with the consent of your doctor.

As always a natural cure is better than medication. To prevent this from happening in the future, it is important to get a diagnosis early. The improvements in your lifestyle can also help to prevent this problem from happening.

There are also some natural treatments available for getting rid of bad yeast and fungus. The natural therapies include: a mixture of honey and apple, with vinegar, also known as Apple Cider Vinegar.

There are some herbs, which can also be taken with tea.

Drinking Cranberry Juice is one of the most useful methods to get rid of the fungus.
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replied February 2nd, 2012
I think, you have Urticaria. It is commonly known as hives. The most common symptoms are skin reaction such as swelling of the itching, rashes and redness of the skin. You should concern with doctor for that. This will definitely help you as per your expectations.
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replied March 13th, 2012
sound like it could be a case of Lupus if thats the case
and you were not born with that your body needs a cleansing method colon etc
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replied April 27th, 2012
I contracted scabies when I visited a rubber plantation and was severely bitten by biting mites and at first, derms couldn't figure out what it was until a skin scrape was done and checked in the lab and thereafter I was prescribed permethrin and it helped. When I was first bitten, the itching was unreal and the only way I could get relief was to dip a face cloth in real hot water and dabbing the area where it itched and immediately the itching stops as the microscopic critters die and thereafter I'd apply vaseline cream to soothe, this way I prevented my skin from chapping or worse and did this all the time until I was prescribed permethrin and the matter was put to rest.
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replied June 22nd, 2012
Hi I have been scratching since christmas.
Thought it was scabies to treated and it wasn't. Thought i was allergic to our spa and while it made the itch worse it was not the cause either. The only difference i see in me than all of yous is i get extremely itchy feet but not when my body is itchy, it either one or the other. Yes in the inner thigh arms and chest. But lately every 3 days 1 finger will itch and swell till it turns grey, doc said allergy and gave me a jab and sent me home the first time, happened 3 more times since, without the jab it take 2 days to go down not 1. I take prendsone as well and yes have put on weight to. I am not starting to think i may be allergic to our 8 moth old dog which we got before xmas, if so why a delay in reaction.
Has anyone had any luck finding what it is.
Also is anyone here a Flood effeced from Jan floods, as i am i thought maybe it was something from that?
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replied December 17th, 2012
4 week rash
I have been suffering from the same symptoms as everyone else on here and am struggling to deal with it now and It is effecting every day life,It started a month ago,my whole body was covered in a rash which instantly I thought It was an allergic reaction to something I had used or ate,I changed to a sensitive washing powder ,stop using any creams, soaps, body moisturizer,after a week of trying to deal with this alone I visited my local a&e department as I couldn't bare it anymore,my whole body was covered in a hive like rash and I had spots randomly all over my back ,chest ,abdomen,legs,arms, basically everywhere .the doctor was unsure and said It does resemble scabies !!At this point I was hoping It was so I could have some closure on the nightmare I am living ,I applied permethrin cream and continued with the antihistamines ,this just made my symptoms worse and dried my skin so bad I was scaly like a fish that had been caught from some anglers fishing rod..I spent 3weeks on only a few hours sleep a night and was exhausted, since then I have had 2 other tubes of permethrin and although the rash has died down It is still not fully gone and the rash can appear at anytime and my skin looks different almost red marbled effect & sometimes I get tiny small pearl like dots that disappear when I scratch it ,I simply get itchy and scratch and up come the hives again and also have the sensation of prickly heat. I seen two other doctors who said It looks like scabies and I that I had a severe allergic reaction to the mites ,I have done all the usual stuff like changing beds,spraying matresses, all towels washed on a 60 wash,bathe in detol & sulphur soap blah blah blah and still this is not letting go without a fight,now am starting to worry there is something seriously wrong with me!!I have been through childbirth 3 times ,broke my hand last year & none compares to this,It has been the worst 4 weeks of my life .although the itch is bearable now, I want rid of this once and for all and have control over my body.good luck to you all I feel your pain.
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replied February 21st, 2013
I've had exactly the same symptoms for the past 5-6 months. At first I thought it was because I'd taken up smoking so I stopped, then maybe bed bugs, mould allergy, cats, dust..anything. I 'd be itching all day all night, no sleep sore skin. I felt disgusting. I've been back and for to the doctors, who thought it was a flare up of my eczema (I told them it was different) it was gradually getting worse and worse. The hives were getting bigger and more aggresive. I had rashes on my arms, my back, my faces, my eyes were swollen and dry. I kept going back to the doctors and they'd give me steroid cream which didn't work.
I recently been prescribed a strong antihistamine and a drowsy one for the night. The first night for 5 months I slept for straight 7 hours.
I'd been keeping a food diary luckily. Last night I had some toast (brown bread)and I had a reaction I started to panic thinking it was coming back and never going away. I read back through the diary and every time I had something containing wheat in the day, I 'd have a reaction, either within the hour or a couple of hours later.

I found this video on youtube which is about autoimmune hives. Where the body has a cell that produces hives for no reason. It's a long shot but check it out.
This lady went on a veg, fruit and meat diet and it has worked for her.

Im planning on doing a body clense so -pure raw veg and fruit for a couple of days to see what happens.

I completely understand your frustration, trying to look after kids and get on with "normal" life whilst itchy like crazy!! and not knowing the cause.
I couldn't even hold my girl because my arms were so sore from scratching.
Sudocrem worked for me for a bit, when they started itching, I just put a tiny bit on the itchy part. Don't use too much or cover a wide area because it dries the skin out terrible. I've done it!
I really hope it's cured soon for you.

I still itch a bit but hopefully on the right track to the allergy.


Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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