Nineteen years ago, I had an episode of chronic hives. They have just appeared again, and while searching for solutions, I found this forum. I thought I’d share past experience.
Similar to many of you I tried various doctors and did acupuncture , Chinese herbs, allergy meds, Prednisone, etc. (which sometimes gave temporary relief, but hives continued to cover my body). After 6 months, my hives were becoming not only itchy but painful.
Elimination diets helped a little but it seemed that just eating itself set them off no matter how careful I was. I also suffered the occasional swelling of mouth and eyes which was the scariest part. I finally went to a blood specialist who found my blood was high in copper ( I’m a decorative painter and had been working with metallic powders before the hives started), but could not tell me whether this was causing the problem.
I then started taking freeze dried Nettle capsules (my husband by chance read they were good for allergy symptoms), and miraculously within a week the hives had gone and did not reappear except once years later (when again I was using metallic powders). I again took the nettles and they went away. It was astounding and what a relief….. and I could eat everything again!
This new outbreak is puzzling. I’m taking nettles and they are helping but at night the hives appear, though as yet very minor. I’m being careful with eating and no alcohol as I wondered if there is a kidney connection.
Hope this encourages people to be their own health detectives.