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What causes chronic hives and is there treatment for them?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I started to develop hives about 2 months ago. It seems to have started after a Vietnamese outing (I rarely go out to eat). I ordered rice with grilled shrip & veggies, and the next morning I woke up with a very swollen top lip. After about 20 hours or so it went away. I figured I must be allergic to shrimp and have not had them since.

However, I've had several more lip swellings since the first one. Also I've been getting hives on my hands, arms, and/or legs on an almost daily basis.

For months I've been eating nearly the same foods over and over because of my IBS and limited options. These foods are white rice, beef, fish, peas, carrots, lettuce, fruits, orange juice, and dark chocolate. So no wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and very rarely other nuts/seeds. I'm eliminating dark chocolate to see if that's aggravating my symptoms.

I'm wondering if I could have maybe picked up some sort of bacteria at the Vietnamese restaurant that's causing my hives.

I'll be trying a protocol in the next few weeks to try and eliminate what I believe to be is SIBO that's causing my IBS. I hope the hives will go away once I get rid of the SIBO.

My question: What causes chronic hives and is there a way to treat them?

Thank you :)

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on November 01, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Huh, it's pretty interesting. I'm finding that there are many things that can cause hives, even pressure can cause hives. I had a big red welt on the bottom of my foot for a good 24 hours, presumably from standing too long

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 30, 2012
at 11:42 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_urticaria Thought I was strange until I found that it is a real, yet rare thing that affects people :)

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Thanks for your input. I didn't realize that fish, beef and OJ could be problem with histamine. Someone else on another site also recommended I look into histadelia/under-methylation. I'm hoping that once I take care of my gut issues the hives will go away.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Cold moisture?? Like what us east coasters are experiencing with Sandy? Huh interesting.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:51 PM

My diet is on the higher carb end since I'm active with my job, so it would be challenging to go low carb. I've heard that protein deficiency can cause sweet cravings though, so that's something I need to look into, especially since I've had muscle wasting.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Yea it's probably an allergy to food(s) I'm eating. Having eliminated so many foods already though, it makes it challenging to find anything to eat.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I've gotten reactions from citrus before too, usually just some swelling/itching around my mouth.

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Everybody's body chemistry is different, so it's hard to give a straight answer about what's causing your hives. It could very well be allergies, as they can develop any time throughout your life. The best thing to do is what you're doing: eliminating certain foods to see if that does anything.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Yea it's probably an allergy to food(s) I'm eating. Having eliminated so many foods already though, it makes it challenging to find anything to eat.

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on November 01, 2012
at 04:17 PM

I suddenly developed histamine issues after a strange lesion appeared on my chin and I was treated with several different antibiotics. I have swollen itchy areas around my lips and nose and also had bright red feet and hives all over my body for no apparent reason. I even went to the emergency room twice with breathing issues and a bright red burning face. I thought I had some kind of infection but it turns to be high histamine and no one knows why. I now take non-drowsy antihistamine pills every 12 hours and that helps A LOT! Even though the bottle says only take one every 24 hours, I take 2. The doctor says he thinks this will disappear someday as mysteriously as it appeared. Hope this helps someone out there because I was going crazy with these weird symptoms.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Chronic hives is an inflammatory reaction and it is a sign of inflammation. Go for elimination diet and try low carb. Treatment - reduce your inflammation by eliminating sweet and processed stuff, additives and vegetable oils.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:51 PM

My diet is on the higher carb end since I'm active with my job, so it would be challenging to go low carb. I've heard that protein deficiency can cause sweet cravings though, so that's something I need to look into, especially since I've had muscle wasting.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Maybe look into histamine? Histadelia etc.

Paleo foods are loaded with histamines, and it's a cumulative problem, also, vietnamese cuisine uses fish sauce which has so much histamine that it can cause problems even with people who can break down histamine fairly well.

For example the fish, beef, orange juice, dark chocolate you eat daily (?) have a lot of histamine.

It might something else too of course, but the lip swelling is something many people with histamine breakdown problems get, and you do have a compromised gut situation.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Thanks for your input. I didn't realize that fish, beef and OJ could be problem with histamine. Someone else on another site also recommended I look into histadelia/under-methylation. I'm hoping that once I take care of my gut issues the hives will go away.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 29, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I get hives from cold moisture, it isn't food related at all.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Cold moisture?? Like what us east coasters are experiencing with Sandy? Huh interesting.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on November 01, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Huh, it's pretty interesting. I'm finding that there are many things that can cause hives, even pressure can cause hives. I had a big red welt on the bottom of my foot for a good 24 hours, presumably from standing too long

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on October 30, 2012
at 11:42 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_urticaria Thought I was strange until I found that it is a real, yet rare thing that affects people :)

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on October 29, 2012
at 05:42 PM

citrus fruits and melons cause hives in people like me.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on October 29, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I've gotten reactions from citrus before too, usually just some swelling/itching around my mouth.

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