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Hives, Rashes, and Allergies OH MY!

Updated on June 19, 2013
The start of the reaction.
The start of the reaction.

I love food! I really meant that I love food. I love to dream about it, love to make it, and best of all I love to eat it. So when I randomly started breaking out in hives for no apparent reason 2 months ago the last thing I thought was maybe this is being caused by food. I had never had any allergy to foods, just a few dogs and my Mexican hairless rat (Fluffy). So here are my experiences with the start of my allergic reactions…..

Looks great doesn't it! This is when I panicked.
Looks great doesn't it! This is when I panicked.

It started out just happening one time after I had been to the gym. I thought maybe I had over done it. The next week it happened again. The week after that same thing, but now I wasn’t exercising. Then the hives started showing up every couple of days for no real reason, which I could find. Next thing I know the hives are every day and thinking what in the world is happening? About 2 weeks later the hives were popping up multiple times a day. Then one day they happened 3 times and I had had enough! I called the doctor’s office and they were able to get me in that day. I explained what had been going on and he said, “Your allergic to something.” NO WAY!?? REALLY?!? Was all I could think, but of course not say because I am not completely rude, most of the time. He referred me to an allergist and said take an allergy medication every morning to prevent reactions.

After the appointment with the doctor I was doing well taking the medication until I forgot for 3 whole days. I had no reaction so I stupidly thought, well maybe I am ok now. Literally that night hives again. I went for a run after dinner an on the way back I could feel the top of my head breaking out in hives again. I was sad but not that worried until I got home. I told my husband to look at my lower back because it felt really bad and itchy. He said it was. I told him look at my chest it has hives on it. He said yes it does. Then he just started to panic as I sat in a cool tub trying to calm the hives down. He kept telling me to get out and go to the hospital. I said I was fine. He went and got a camera took a picture of my face and back. I agreed to go to the hospital after I freaked out for a few minutes. I looked like I had been stung by bees a million times or attacked with a small bat leaving golf ball size welts on my scalp, face, and back. They just kept getting worse. I decided it would be best if I went to the hospital.

I drove myself while my husband waited for my mother to come and watch the kids for us. On my way to the hospital it was getting worse and harder to breathe. I started to think about how crazy this was and how bad it looked. I hoped there would not be any children there because I had scared my own daughter with how bad my face was swollen and lumpy. As I sit in the waiting room I was getting nervous and my mind started to race until I reminded myself to pray and then I calmed down quite a bit. Then I started to have a beat red all over rash from head to literal toes. So now I am a raised tiny bump lobster with hives. Awesome! I was told to go into one of the rooms; by the way everyone there was very rude for some reason. One of the nurses looked at me and said, eww….that looks terrible. Why thank you for your honesty good sir. I sat on the bed waiting for the doctor. He came in and took one look at me and said she needs meds right now. They gave me a steroid shot, a shot of Benadryl, and then a Pepcid (which I was unaware of this, but Pepcid has antihistamines in it that can help block food allergies, good to know right?) The medication started to work within a half hour. After about 2 hours in the hospital they released me with a prescription for Benadryl and more steroids. They also told me to take Pepcid twice a day. I spoke to a pharmacist to be sure that I could take Claritin instead, she said yes. So I got all of this medication and started taking it. So far so good thought it is quite strange to think I need medication to keep me from having a serious allergic reaction to some unknown food, but I am thankful that I haven’t had any shellfish lately (it is my favorite food and I could never give it up!) Oh and thankful that it was not more severe, but really seriously happy about the shellfish.

Those are some huge hives!
Those are some huge hives!
Looking much better after 3 hours and lots of medication.
Looking much better after 3 hours and lots of medication.

Coming Soon...

I will be seeing the allergist soon and that will be a whole different Hub. So if you have allergies look for it in a few weeks.


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      Ann in Garden Grove 

      2 years ago

      I have had allergies and chemical sensitivities most of my life different ones come and go in the hospital for ibuprofen wish I could always take but for some reason taking one to leave and then going back to ibuprofen my body reacted my whole face swelled up like water was injected under the skin. Recently I've been going through more hives popping up like welts all over mouth swelling up eyes welling up I find think I'm deducing that I'm allergic to an air mattress I've been sleeping on until I decide what bed I want the reason I wanted to bring this up is because this is a latex sensitivity. You may want your doctor to test for latex or other things that are I build up over time that you're not normally allergic to but if your immune system is off you can get sensitive to basically kind of an overdose of one thing for me these types of sensitivity build ups are usually chemicals or preservatives in the food not the food themselves which usually have more of an immediate reaction but go away quickly my current case of hives don't go away for 1 or 2 days so that was a clue that is a build up of something in my system. And I have come to find out that there is latex in almost everything surrounding me so I need to get off the air mattress and get my immune system stronger and then I should be able to stop reacting to everything around me I just wanted to mention this in case you can track something that you've been eating more or doing more often that could just be a build up in your system

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from PA


      I was able to have an allergist test me and find out that I am allergic to grass, ragweed, multiple types of birch trees, mold, and dust mites (among other different types of weeds). All of which I seem to be able to deal with most of the time so long as I am not doing a lot of physical activity outside. For some reason that ramps up my body and the hives begin!! Thanks for asking!

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      4 years ago

      so was the allergist able to tell you what if anything you were allergic to?

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      4 years ago

      Last May I got poison Ivy. Don't know how but it ended up systemic.

      About a month later June 3rd. The poison Ivy was gone and I started breaking out in Hives. Back and forth to doctors, blood specialists, allergist, scans, urologist, all my counts were off. Couldn't work. Covered all over with hives. Ended up in hospital for 3 days. Kept them under control with Allegra 2xs a day and 1antacid. Stopped eating all acids, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, garlic, salt pepper you name it. 3weeks ago hives just stopped. Go figure. They stopped just as they came fast. No rhyme or reason. Good luck all. My heart is with you.

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from PA

      Thank you so much for sharing that information!

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      4 years ago

      Hey, I just found this on another site right after reading your blog and it sounded like what is happening to you. I wanted to share:

      Cholinergic Urticaria:

      This allergy is sometimes referred to as an allergy of heat, sweat, exercise or stress, but cholinergic urticaria is not technically an allergy to any of those things. It’s actually an allergy to an increase in body temperature, which is associated with heat, sweat, exercise and stress. An allergic reaction can also be caused by eating spicy foods or taking a hot bath. The main symptom of this allergy is urticaria, which is a fancy term for hives. Many people with this allergy also experience difficulty breathing, itching of the skin and sometimes fever-like symptoms.

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      5 years ago

      I have had stress hives for 5 months now. Exasperating to say the least. There is no apparent reason for the hives, except for the fact that I'm under the worst kind of stress imaginable. I saw my 3rd doctor yesterday (no success with the previous two), and she prescribed Vistaril 25mg capsules. Today was the first day in 5 months that I have been hive free. I will write her a Thank You!!! Good luck to everyone on this post. Hives are no fun and nothing to be played with!

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from PA

      Julie DeNeen, It was painful...verrry itchy to say the least. My daughter had a terrible reaction to antibiotics as well. It was all over her body, she was just over a year and I was terrified! Thank you for reading!

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from PA

      littlemarkiesmom, I am so sorry to hear that! Poor baby! It was very scary for me as an adult so its horrible to think of a little guy having a reaction. Thank you for the well wishes and I hope it gets figured out quickly also! (Well wishes to your little one!)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wow! That picture looks so painful. Allergies are the worst, especially the food ones. My daughter had a horrible allergic reaction to antibiotics. So scary! Nicely done hub :)

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      6 years ago from The hot, humid South

      We just found out a few weeks ago that our almost 2 year old is allergic to eggs and possibly has a sugar intolerance of some sort. He developed eczema and hives all over his entire body. It was awful! I couldn't stand to see him that way. :(

      I have learned SO much about food allergies and such since all this started (which I am trying to write hubs on as I get the time). It's been very interesting to say the least.

      Good luck with the allergist. Hope you guys can get it all figured out. :)


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