By crosslady2010 Latest Reply 2011-06-07 20:07:52 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 16:33:17 -0500

I just broke out with a bad case of hives. Does anyone know anything about hives? Are hives more prevalent when you have diabetes? I am not having trouble breathing so no trip to the hospital… I am just really frustrated! It seems like once I get something under control something else happens! Any help is greatly welcome and appreciated… Thank you guys, Naomi

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crosslady2010 2011-06-07 20:07:52 -0500 Report

I believe my hives are stress related! I have noticed if I start to stress about something, I start itching. I have found a lot online about this subject. I am just trying to not stress! Thank You for all the responses! You guys are awesome! :)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-07 13:37:35 -0500 Report

Don't get mad at me but I am soooo glad it was hives. I was a little concerned that it could have been shingles. I know that hives aren't a welcome thing, but they don't last as long and are treatable where you can get better and faster relief. My Best Wishes for You..

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-07 11:13:27 -0500 Report

Finally getting some relief! Don't know if it has run its course, or because I started using Witch Hazel yesterday, about every 2 hours. No bloody arms this AM!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-07 16:41:57 -0500 Report

Glad you found something that is helping. I had forgot all about whitch hazel. Even watched a Bugs Bunny cartoon the other night that had Witch Hazel in it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-02 10:05:49 -0500 Report

Scratch, Scratch, Scratch! Actually, not scratching is better. I am about ready to peel the skin from my arms. Had to get an RX from the doctor as OTC stuff was not doing it. Do not know which is the right cause of them, but I have it narrowed down to 3. Black ants-was cutting down some dead oaks when I cut into a nest of black ants…thousands of them. Within seconds they were on my boots, up my legs, on my arms. I now spray my boots and pants with an insecticide before I chain saw. Last week I was stung/bite by a black wasp in 3 places. So now I also spray my arms, neck, hands and head with OFF deep woods insect repellent. Finally, the doctor took me off Lisiniprol-HCTZ, a med I have been on for over 5 years. The one spot has swelled into a golf ball size lump and it is hot. He has RXed an antibiotic for that.
So, meds, foods, insect bites, stress are all candidates for causes of hives. My first response to the bites was 2 Benedryl.

crosslady2010 2011-06-03 01:04:38 -0500 Report

Bless your Heart Jim, I read that about not scratching… You be careful around those insects! Nothing in my life has changed, as far as products I use, only I lost my job and well… stress,stress,stress!!! Thank You so much:) You be careful!!!

PetiePal 2011-06-02 09:50:44 -0500 Report

Hives can happen for a lot of reasons:

-Are your meds different? Did they switch slightly in what the pills look like? I got a small reaction when my Glucophage generic changed from my mail away Rx plan
-Bee stings, insect bites
-Dogs/Cats allergies etc
-New deodorant, lotion or laundry detergent can do it

I'd say take a benadryl and see if it improves

crosslady2010 2011-06-03 00:56:41 -0500 Report

Hey PetiePal, No none of that has changed. I really, really believe it is stress induced. I took some Benadryl… It was not as bad today. It's a long story but I just lost my job of 6 years… Bottom line… I will not be told by an HR person, " We will no longer play your sympathy card." This is in response to missing a days work because I was having a reaction to a new med… and could not work that day. The EEOC will be helping me. This HR person was just heartless! I believe once I get the case going I'll feel a little better… I've just been really stressed. Anyway, Thank You for Your post:) Are you doin' better… Let me know:)

crosslady2010 2011-06-02 08:39:02 -0500 Report

Thank You so much you guys!! My doctor said as long as I am not having trouble breathing a hospital visit was not necessary… They itch like crazy!!! They pop up in one spot then disappear and pop up someplace else… I believe it is stress related. Again thank you all for the responses :) Naomi

Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 21:39:49 -0500 Report

It is my understanding that hives has no direct relationship to diabetes. My little brother had a related condition called shingles, and he got over it pretty quickly. As I recall, it was all stress related, though to be honest, since it was almost 40 years ago, I can't honestly remember what it was that had him stressed.

Now that I think about it, Harlens's recommendation for anti-histamine cream is right on target. (Benadril and its generic equivalents are called anti-histamines.)

When he had it, my bro was very miserable, but he DID get over it.

edvel54 2011-06-01 23:40:23 -0500 Report

If you have had chicken pox, you can get shingles, it is the grown up version
they are terrible, they itcg, they hurt and they seem to last forever. I had them last year in August

edvel54 2011-06-01 19:15:25 -0500 Report

Hives are usually caused by stress and if you are frustrated that could be the cause, it can also be cause by a allergic reaction. I don't believe being diabetic has much to do with it. I have had diabetes for over ten years and have never had hives.

Harlen 2011-06-01 18:09:43 -0500 Report

I dont think so but id I got them I would take some bennadrill ????
I am not a Doc but that is what I would do
Best wishes