Would you go see an allergist? -- broke out in hives from food **NEW update in op**

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NICU_nurse_Ashley
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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:16:06 PM

I noticed you're a NICU nurse, and you're pregnant? Have you thought about PUPPPS? I had two punch biopsies and the results came back as consistent with chronic urticaria and PUPPPS (my derm ordered the PUPPPS differential because I'd just had a baby when they started).


No, I'm not pregnant. The ticker in my siggy is for my DS.


I just started getting chronic hives and angioedema over the past 12 months.

I take Allegra every morning, Zyrtec every night, Sarna Sensitive lotion when I'm itchy and Zantac along with all of that if I have breakthrough hives (and I do around my period) per my allergist's and rheumatologist's orders.

I've been to 5 doctors, spent thousands of dollars, had gobs, GOBS of blood tests. I'm healthy thank God so this is more of an annoyance than anything.

YOU NEED an epipen. I keep one in my purse and one on our first aid kit at home.

Good luck and hugs. It's frustrating, but keep in mind it's only an annoyance as long as you've got your epipens.


The allergist doesn't think it's an allergy, he thinks it is related to the cold I had the prior week before breaking out in hives.

The allergist did take me off the current meds I was on and put me on daily zyrtec and pepcid until I'm hive free for 20 days. He also said to take allegra for breakthrough hives. He said if I still have hives in another week or two to call the office back and then we may pursue allergy testing at that time.

I'm not sure what to think of all of this - I will be glad if it's not an actual allergy, but I'm still a little puzzled. It doesn't explain the funny itchy throat I was having after I ate ham or that I broke out two separate times after eating jambalaya. I hope it's not a food allergy and doesn't get worse.

He did not prescribe an epipen since he does not feel that it is allergy related.

I will also add this update to my op.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:42:16 PM
The ham/jambalaya (sausage) made me think of this blog I had read a while back. Her case was chorizo, but the dr. said that sausages all contain preservatives that are related to anaphylactic shock. Ham also contains similar preservatives.

Here is the story if you want to read it: In the Blink of One Blue Eye

Hope you get it figured out quickly!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:54:04 PM
My 15 month old had hives December 24 and 25, leading to an ER visit due to the holiday and the extent of the facial swelling. They told us that it could be due to a virus. He had allergy testing the other day (he had a bad reaction to pineapple a few months ago so this appt has been scheduled for awhile) and they agreed that the hives could be due to a virus. Hopefully that is the case for you.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:59:39 PM
may daughter is having hives right now too. for about 2 weeks. they come and go.

dr said zyrtec and zantac ...


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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:02:32 PM
Any chance it could be a shellfish allergy? Have you had other shrimp recently without any reaction?

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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:06:03 PM

Any chance it could be a shellfish allergy? Have you had other shrimp recently without any reaction?


I had shrimp a week prior to the hives when I went out to dinner with some friends, so it's unlikely that it was the cause.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:36:06 PM
Oh! Forgot another thing my allergist told me (just want to share in case it jogs your memory or gives you a question to ask the doctor if you go again)...he said that NSAIDS can aggravate hives and angioedema if you are predisposed to them.

None of what I say may be helpful, but since I've spent so much money on this mystery I may as well share what I've been told in case it's worth it to someone else. FWIW, my allergist is convinced my hives are not food related even though I would have bet good money I'm allergic to shellfish.

Sorry ab asking if you were pregnant, another poster said you were pregnant so I went off of that.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:16:51 PM
I had them also several days just randomly showed up about 6 weeks ago for about a week then went away.

Seemed like it was a virus, all over my legs and arms and chest


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:36:07 PM
This is one of those "go with your gut feeling" things. PLEASE keep
a close eye on this. Liquid Benadryl on your person at all times ...
Hitch and all

It just seems unlikely you will be hive-free for that many days, if you have been
having increasingly bad symptoms.

DS's pediatrician said it also could have been from him throwing up
violently ... that maybe his body reacted to the stomach cramping and throwing up
by releasing the histamines.
We are now just careful about that one food, and he has not had an incident since.
At home he does know he is allowed to take 2 tsp of Benadryl and call me
or 911 if he feels it coming on. And we notified the school and brought them
his own Benadryl with the doctor's note.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:57:36 PM
I'm really surprised he didn't go ahead with testing especially with the itchy throat too. I understand not giving the epipen without a definite diagnosis requiring it. But for me I think I would maybe see a different allergist and make sure that they do the testing.
What happens if he is wrong and didn't test for it and you have a worse reaction?! To me this would be a better safe than sorry scenario.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:12:26 PM
My husband will break out with hives from ear infections and his doctor told him untreated infections will do this. How he had ear infections and did not know is beyond me.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:31:58 AM
This is how my chronic urticaria started. I thought it was related to food too..after a million test, it was my thyroid. I was in the "normal" range, but it was not good for my body. My hives always came after eating. But once I got my thyroid under control the hives stopped. For years the Dr.s didn't believe me, buy now they do. Whenever my thyroid is off, hives come.
They are horrible wicked things, good luck



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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:05:36 AM
If the blood test is negative, there are other causes you might research.

I have a friend whose daughter breaks out in hives every time she is exposed to the chicken pox virus and sometimes when she is exposed to other viruses. She was given the chicken pox immunization when she was a toddler and has not had the chicken pox.

There are also cold and heat-induced hives. Some people break out in hives when they are exposed to extreme temperature changes; for instance, entering a very warm house from a cold outdoor temperature.

I hope you figure it out soon. It might just all disappear after you've taken the antihistamines for a while, too.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:08:45 AM

Pepcid (or Zantac) work as H2 antihistamines. Your usual stuff (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec) are only for H1 antihistamines.

The combination of the two together works much better at lowering histamine levels, which brings down the hives.


That is fascinating. I didn't know. Thanks, Merge. That will come in handy for me.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:55:38 PM
I can gaurentee that it's not my thyroid. I have hypothyroidism and am very controlled with meds and lab work. I just had my labs done so I know I'm good right now.


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