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Blank 31 May 2007 10:10am #1
offline anon6323

Member since 31 May 2007

Member from Masterton

Posts: 1

Hi I am new to the group. Joined today. I have been in New Zealand since the end of November and about 4 weeks after arrival started to come up in hives. I have been to the doctor, had blood and skin tests but no conclusions. They are driving me crazy. Taking an antihistamine every 12 hours but they just hang around and my feet and hands are now swollen. Has anyone got any cures for hives?

6048-Browsing_Abroad_1_1 01 Jun 2007 7:57pm #2
offline bobbity

Member since 14 Sep 2006

Member from Glenfield

Posts: 5558

Hi there Jacqui..welcome to the discussions, and I'm sorry you are going through such a tough time.
Your hands and feet may be swollen because of side effects of the drug???
Maybe you can test that out by going off it for a litlle while.
Topically, try ice to the itchy bits. it stops the itch and reduces the swelling...of course its hard in the warmth of the bed as this can make them itch again., but if you can keep up the ice trick, or peppermint oil which makes the spot really cold, then you may fare better during the night.
i will see what i can find about internal natural treatment.
If I were you i would take careful note of every food and drink eaten every day, and also note the degree of itch every day.
many times you will find that what you ate or drank on one day will come out the following day.

Blank 17 Jul 2007 10:02pm #3
offline stumpy

Member since 05 Sep 2006

Member from Westport

Posts: 5

What brings me up in hives is acid food like apples, tomatoes oranges,and my son it is bananas. The best relief I found was baking soda [bicabanate of soda] is the corect name, mixed with a little water and dabed on the lumps.If covered run a warm bath and add a packet of baking soda .It is great for any skin complaint.Marcella Southon

9005-joy_child 18 Jul 2007 11:29am #4
offline Joybel

Member since 02 Nov 2006

Member from Linwood

Posts: 28545

Aucklands humidity used to do that to me in the summer, Jacqui. have you been in contact with any unfamiliar plants on rambles or in the garden? Are you using unfamiliar soaps and laundry powders or talcs, lotions and creams. Becoming acclimatised may be a trial and error exercise for you. feel for you as this can be a distressing, though treatable problem. If anyone can suss it out, it is Bobbity. All the best.

6048-Browsing_Abroad_1_1 25 Jul 2007 1:59pm #5
offline bobbity

Member since 14 Sep 2006

Member from Glenfield

Posts: 5558

interesting causes found on the net

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Causes of Hives



Allergens, including food



Environmental factors: such as pollen, dust, and change in temperature



Emotional factors: such as stress, anxiety, etc.



Drugs: such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and vaccinations



Synthetic products: such as deodorant, perfume, and other synthetic substances



Infections and infestation from fungi, bacteria, viruses, pets and insects Systemic and general diseases: such as thyroid, cancer, etc.

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In my opinion the best way to treat allergies is to change the diet to a wholesome natural foods only, heaps of raw fr and veg, avoid things out of packets and tins because of the chemical additives.

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Interesting result for a little girl who broke out in hives every time she drank milk. She loved milk soooo much, but her Mum took her off it. I suggested they do the whole diet thing as stated above, adding wholemeal to the diet as well. In a very short time she was able to drink her beloved milk with no reaction whatsoever. Also her general health picked up tremendously. Her constipation disappeared as well. and this could have been partly to blame for her condition. Whatever her basic cause was, it was fixed quickly with diet.



Vit B3 can be is a good substitute for antihistamines, but don't overdose as it causes a mighty hot flush if you do..great fun to have one of those. I took a big dose once and started burning up in the car..turned bright pink I did, most embarrassing...plus very uncomfortable. But diet is best. Also best to look up the side effects of the antihistamine you have been on Jacqui..

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Thank you Joybel..sometimes my solutions are too hard for some to carry out, such as a diet change...



Hi Stumpy and welcome to the site. Interesting soother you have there.

Blank 25 Nov 2008 12:09pm #6
offline Chatty

Member since 04 May 2008

Member from Hastings

Posts: 1

Myhusband is sufering cruelly from a cronic skin itch all over. No help from Dr. or skinspec has helped so far. He is very depressed as well. Help if possible. Chatty

Blank 06 Jan 2009 6:55pm #7
offline Wombled

Member since 28 Jun 2006

Member from Hoon Hay

Posts: 2

Hi Jackie
My daughter suffers from hives every summer, due to exposure to the sun. Chamomile helps sooth it - we found a natural hand lotion sold by Avon that has camomile in it and it works like magic.
Best of luck
Rhonda

Blank 06 Jan 2009 6:56pm #8
offline Wombled

Member since 28 Jun 2006

Member from Hoon Hay

Posts: 2

Post deleted at 06 Jan 2009 6:56pm by Womble

Blank 12 Apr 2009 9:56pm #9
offline stumpy

Member since 05 Sep 2006

Member from Westport

Posts: 5

Chatty and womble I found all skin problems itching etc ,the best relief was Baking Soda mixed with a little water to make a thin paste and dab it on the skin. Stumpy

15811-dec_2010_3 01 May 2011 10:47pm #10
offline Dutchy

Member since 30 Jul 2007

Member from Mosgiel

Posts: 924

Could Royal jelly capsules cause hives? It's just the skin on my face that's bright red and lumpy. It seems to settle after taking some anti-hystamine, but in the morning it's all back again and worse. I wonder what causes it.
The only thing that has changed in my routine is the royal jelly capsules I've been taking for the past few weeks. I've stopped taking them now.
Great advise above, I certainly will try the baking-soda trick.....thanks Stumpy.


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