I’m new to this forum, but reading everyone’s comments makes me realize I’m not alone! I’ve had hives for 4 months now, and within that time it’s been manageable with medication—but at the moment it’s come back with a vengeance!
I’m 26 and originally from Australia, and last year in October me and my boyfriend moved to London to explore the world. It should have been the best time of my life! It was…until I got my hives.
It started in late March (the start of Spring)! Me and my boyfriend were having problems like all couples do, but I think I was affected more because I didn’t have my support from home. I had a big night on cheap vodka and completely rode myself off…woke up the next day feeling stupid and covered in a rash! I thought I must have either been stress or from the vodka and wasn’t too worried about it. It came and went for the next week and me and my boyfriend were fine again but the hives stayed.
I’m not sure if the stress brought it on and then me stressing more because the hives weren’t going away has made this a vicious cycle or not. This has been horrible, and when it flares up it absolutely kills my confidence. I have never been depressed in my life until now, and I just can’t live like this.
It seems a few of you have said you have attacks. I’m not sure what you mean because I usually wake up COVERED from head to toe, and it will gradually fade through out the day but never fully disappear. Then it will start to get worse again at night….the temperature hot or cold doesn’t seem to make a difference, and I was doing Bikram yoga for a while and sweating like crazy and this also didn’t make a difference.
I’m thinking it could possibly be seasonal because I arrived in October when it was getting cold and it seems this started in spring and has not got any better over the summer. If anyone else has the same symptoms or has had seasonal hives please let me know! It’s hard to control when I just have no idea what has caused this!
My skin is so bad at the moment, especially on my legs. I am going to Croatia next Month, which at the moment I’m dreading because I have this horrible black cloud hanging over me. If anybody could give me any advice, I would really appreciate it. I’m currently on Fexofenadine 180mg. My specialist said to take 4 a day instead of 2 and that still isn’t getting rid of it