chronic hives

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gingimom
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chronic hives

Post by gingimom » Jul 30th, 17:10

I have chronic hives and am researching different diets to help control it. I am interested in the acid alkaline diet, antihistamine diet and anti inflammatory diet. I need to reduce histamine in my system and am on allegra and zyrtec for that. I want to get off the meds and control the hives with diet if possible. Any advice?
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Post by Gopisvara » Jul 31st, 05:25

Good idea to get off the drugs,they are never the answer. They are acidic and add to the toxic load in the body. I remember reading in "The Bodies' Many Cries for Water" by Dr. Batmangheldi that drinking more water will reduce the release of histamine.
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Post by Alan » Jul 31st, 18:46

This is interesting. I started the AA diet about February 2007. I simply changed the way I cooked food - steamed not microwaved, ate more veg, cut out caffeine and made green juices.

It seemed drastic to some, but on reflection, nothing that was major. Just a more sensible way of doing things - so I thought.

It appeared that with there was a lot of stress in my life at the time, some noticeable, and some latent. I started to get itchness on my legs, no signs or redness, or indeed a need to scratch, nevertheless, an irritation.

Towards the end of April, I had a new kitchen fitted, and the lacquer from the new units, particularly the doors, made my face feel burning. Again, nothing major at the time, but it appeared as an irritant.

Three months later, I am still suffering. The doctor said dermatitis to start, now he thinks allergy. I have tried his creams, I have tried homeopathy. I have had councilling and hypnotherapy for the stress, and thats loads better. Also, a dietician put all these symptoms down to detox and stress.

However, one of the new symptoms, something I have never had before, was hives.
I can understand if there is a battle with all the medications I am trying, but I have never been allergic to anything.
I have always put one hive down to an insect bite, but now Im beginning to wonder if that was always the start and now its become full blown.
The hives is simply another worry tagged on to the skin condition, which is forehead, nose and neck. It gets sore, then feels burning or cold, then feels all right for a while, then returns just when you think it was inproving.

I sometimes conclude that all these changes we make to the body can be too much for it, and it reacts and takes time to settle down again.

If anyone has any info on the skin reactions or hives Id be pleased to hear.
gingimom
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chronic hives

Post by gingimom » Jul 31st, 20:51

My hives began in January but were not diagnosed until recently. I started a new job after staying home with 3 young children for nine years and was having my bathroom remodeled with all the pipes changed to copper. Stress induced?

The skin turns red and the hives pop out are very itchy and usually go away within an hour or two. It is worse at night and during the period. At firs it was thought to be excema- but I also have never had allergies or excema. I tried steroid and hydrocortisone creams, antihistamines and prednisone. I have been tested for allergies and have ahd a few hives biopsied. It is thought to be idiopathic maybe some virus I had in January that my immune system is still fighting.

After the prednisone which did stop the hives but created many other problems I did a cleanse and was told to go on the the blood type diet. I am type a and should avoid wheat and dairy according to that diet. I found my symptoms did get worse with wheat but tested negative for a wheat allergy. Histamine is however high in wheat so that may be the cause. Now I am just trying to lower the histamine levels.

I found the accupuncturist to be the most help and best at diagnostics.
Does anyone know the effect of PH on histamine?
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Post by jdode » Aug 22nd, 17:42

I'm 57 and I've had chronic hives w/angioedema for 5 months. My allergist has prescribed Prednisone 10mg. b.i.d., Zantac 150mg. b.i.d., and Zyrtec b.i.d. At first, if I missed any of the meds by an hour, I'd break out in hives. After a few weeks on meds, the hives are 24/7 and the angioedema is sporadic; about 4 episodes in the past few months. The angioedema episodes that happened in my youth were misdiagnosed as sun poisening, as it happened after sun exposure in the Spring.

About 3 months ago I developed daily heartburn, even while on daily Zantac. 3 weeks ago I discovered the alkaline diet while searching for info on heartburn. I tried the alkaline diet and didn't have heartburn after just one day on the diet! Amazingly, no hives the next day! However, I could tell the hives were just waiting under the surface of my skin. After 4 days on the diet, still no hives.

I put the diet to the test and ate a mostly an acidic diet on the fifth day. Yes, I had hive outbreak by evening. Over the past 2 weeks, I've repeated this test and each time I eat mostly acidic, the hives break out. I'm still taking all my meds and I won't dc them until the hives are truly gone. I haven't had a chance to tell my Dr. about the results of the alkaline diet. On our last appt., he said that he would be sending me to a specialist who would put me on cyclosporins to rid me of the hives. That will happen in about two months, so I'm hoping that will give me time to be on the alkaline diet long enough to have positive and long term results.

Has anyone else been able to completely rid themselves of hives by staying on the alkaline diet?
jdode
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Post by jdode » Aug 22nd, 18:05

Gingimom... I certainly think your hives are stress related. We can only take so much and then our bodies go haywire. It's the 'drop in the bucket' theory. Every drop that goes into the bucket represents a stressor in your life, but you're able to deal with it and early on the bucket isn't overflowing. Then, one day the bucket is full and it only takes one drop (stressor) to make it overflow and it keeps overflowing with each drop. This is when the body goes haywire.

Have you had any luck with an alkaline diet? I'm hoping it will help me get to a point of long term relief. Either permanently rid me of the hives or get them to such a mild degree that the cyclosporin treatment will rid me of the hives.

I am seriously considering hypnotherapy at some point to help me deal with my stressors. I'll do it either before the cyclosporin treatment or after it. I've located an approved hypnotherapist, but she is 120 miles away. Obviously, my visits will be limited....

I will try to keep you all posted on my progress with the A. diet and anything else that I try. Right now I need to read as many posts as possible to see if anyone else is having luck with their A diet.
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Post by jdode » Nov 2nd, 04:56

I'm back and my new doctor has put me on the cyclosporin treatment and the hives are gone! I've only been on the regimen for a couple of weeks and I have about two months to go on this treatment. I'm still taking Prednisone and all the antihistamines. Eventually, I will taper off the Prednisone and other meds. That's why it's a 3 month treatment regimen.

Today I had blood lab work done and the technician told me that the cyclosporin treatment was very effective for chronic hives. That was good to hear.

I haven't had any angioedema episodes either. Trust me, when you have a swollen tongue at 4 am and could possibly suffocate, you will try any treatment. I was apprehensive about the cyclosporin treatment, but now I'm glad I'm doing it. Going natural with the alkaline diet can only do so much and sometimes one needs medicine, no matter the possible side effects.

Since I've been staying fairly alkaline, I haven't caught the colds that I've been exposed to, just a mild tingling of the sinuses for a couple of days..... my son, who shrugged off the alkaline idea, ended up with two regimens of antibiotics and still had a cough for quite some time. All I can say is, 'Stay alkaline, stay healthy!'
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