I’ve only gotten full body hives twice in my life before today. When I was about 8, I had a reaction to codeine. I had the little measel type spots/bumps of hives all over.
About two years ago, I had another drug reaction to sulfate, and I got the big boil types hives, but they were only on the left side of my body, and very spread out. There were maybe only 12 spots total, but I had asthma attack symptoms and my tongue swelled. The hives also blistered, and later peeled.
Last week, I had another attack of full body hives, and they were again the smaller measle like in appearance. They started on my throat at work, then went away for a few hours. I went to a friend’s house changed into a borrowed shirt, and the hives came back, first on my back, then quickly spread.
I had missed a dose of Clindamycin, which had been prescribed for an abscess on my back when the hives appeared. I was told to stop taking the Clindamycin, that it was yet another allergic drug reaction, and put on prednisone, 3 pills together once a day for three days. Benadryl and Hydrocortisone were prescribed for the itching, but neither seemed to work. A friend gave me Atarax, and that really helped. They also loaned me so heavy duty Rx severe dry skin cream in a jar, dunno the name. It seemed to work too, until the Atarax wore off, so I’m pretty sure it didn’t actually help.
As they started going away, they seemed to be moving down my body, healing behind themselves as they moved along. Like at first, they were only on my head, ears, neck, and upper back, but then they disappeared from my shoulders as they reached my hips and groin. They barely affected my arms at all, and even then, the arm spots did not itch at all, except the upper arms near my shoulders.
I started getting hives again yesterday, on only my elbows. Then a few on my breasts. I was also feeling sluggish, heavy and moving drunk, almost as if my body was trying to go to sleep, even though my brain was wide awake, and it was also hard to breathe. Not like my throat was closing, just like my body was trying to slow down to go into a sleep cycle. I have had a few occurrences of SP over the last month, feeling an urgent need to wake up, but then unable to move at first.
When I got home last night, I had the big raised clustered wheals all along my bra line. I WAS wearing this same bra for 3 of the 7 days last week when I had the smaller measel type bumps of hives.
Today when I woke up, I was horrified to find that they had again spread, but this time it’s mostly on my chest and lower abdomen, particularly around my hips and thighs are where the worst of the raised clustered wheal are located. But there are also still lines of wheals where my bra was. The areas where the straps were, are not raised, not in welts. Just blotchy and red.
Hydrocortisone and Benadryl really don’t seem to be helping at all. Yesterday when they first appeared on my elbows, a half dose of Benadryl cleared them right up, but they came back with a vengeance. The itching this time is a million times worse.