I first noticed the hives on my legs four months ago. They were itchy and came out of nowhere. Then I noticed they were appearing in other places, so I went to the doctors (after reading about it being chronic if it lasts over 6 weeks).
At this point I’d had it for about 9 weeks. They gave me fexofenadine, and I took one before going to work. During my shift (I am a chef) my arms began to swell, as well as my hands. The itching was severe and my skin was very tight and hot.
It was the worst burning and itching sensation I have ever experienced. I could not cope. I managed to get through the shift and hoped after going to bed that they would be fine in the morning. They were even worse, so I cancelled work and went to hospital.
Eventually I spoke to the dermatologist, and he told me it was chronic idiopathic urticaria. He said to take two fexofenadine a day rather than one. I have a follow-up appointment with him in two months time.
So far the fexofenadine has not helped, in my opinion. Some weeks I’m completely hive free. Other times, like today, my arms are huge and swollen.
I think it has happened this time because I got a bad cold. Maybe it sent my immune system crazy. I’m going to try to move my appointment closer and see if he can recommend anything else. I’m getting to the point where it’s affecting me at work. I can’t sleep, and I keep crying.
Is the swelling normal? It only happens to my arms and hands.