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I've had something happening to me since I had my surgery. I've seen every type of specialist about it from dermatologist to psychiatrist. One week after my surgery, I started getting horrific hives all over my body. I'm over 2 years out now, still having the hives. They diagnosed it as Hypo-Dermographism. Basically, anytime something touches my skin, I get a hive. I've been controlling it with Zyrtec for the past 2 years to keep the itching under control. They seem to be getting better over time, but I was wondering if you or anyone you know has experienced this?

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I haven't, however I work in the Allergy dept. at Scripps Green. Have you had any skin testing done? You may be allergic to metals or something else. I would see about getting a consult with an allergist or an immunolgy dr. You may be able to get allergy shots to cure it.

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I've had hives before, they are really a biatch. I would get giant hives, raised weals, the whole enchilada. What fixed me was finding a homeopath/naturopath/herbologist. I used a remedy called Apis Melleficorum. Took the hives and swelling away right before my eyes. That was in 1984. Anything strong enough to make the hives go away (do you feel like you've been dipped in boiling oil?) was something I simply had to learn. My mentor is/was a man named Matthew Wood, a very distinguished scholar in such healing arts. I still commiserate with him every once in a while, but he travels all over the world giving seminars and interviews. This is California, I'm sure someone around you does herbs and homeopathy. The stuff really works.

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I had a baby by c-section in 1999. A few days after I got home from the hospital, the hives started. It was a nightmare! I had them everywhere! For a while the worst was on my breasts and under them. I went to several dermatologists including a very notable one at a teaching hospital in Houston. They diagnosed it as eczema. I went several times for this thing they called a wet wrap where they covered my body with a cream and then covered me with hot wet towels. It gave me relief briefly. One doctor gave me a really strong cortisone cream that I put on my belly and it literally ruined my skin there. Imagine stretch marks X10. I had it for at least two years maybe more. I finally went to counselling and got on an antidepressent. I'm not sure if it was the zoloft or just the timing but it finally got better. I only have them occasionally now with the last one being a good while ago. It was a very stressful time in my life....baby at 41, two teenagers, one being extremely rebellious, and a four year old. I think it was the counseling and the antidepressents that finally helped. I would have never have gone to counseling had I not tried everything else. I would never have thought that it was stress. What I'm trying to say is that sometimes you don't even realize how much stress you are under.

I hope this helps.

Minime

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I've had something happening to me since I had my surgery. I've seen every type of specialist about it from dermatologist to psychiatrist. One week after my surgery, I started getting horrific hives all over my body. I'm over 2 years out now, still having the hives. They diagnosed it as Hypo-Dermographism. Basically, anytime something touches my skin, I get a hive. I've been controlling it with Zyrtec for the past 2 years to keep the itching under control. They seem to be getting better over time, but I was wondering if you or anyone you know has experienced this?

OMG I thought I was the only one!!!!! I got really bad hives one week after surgery (they got so bad that my lips were even swollen) and then they lasted for a week and then went away. And then they came back a week later and I have had them ever since. The weird thing is that I only get them at night??? When do you get yours, is it all throughout the day?? :eek:

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So my surgery (gastric bypass) was on January 17th 2017, 2 days ago i started having intense itching- everywhere! I ruled out clothing having too much soap or dryer sheet stuff, hadnt taken any meds(the 2nd day of itching),not that they were new anyway- crossed off food allergies and only used a few products on my body that i had been using for years. I was stumped and it was worse in the afternoon/evening and night than in the daytime. A shower relieved symptoms for maybe an hour afterwards but that was it. In desperation I bought benadryl liquid childrens and benadryl cream. The cream soothed my skin some but i still got hives and itched. It took 2 doses of the liquid before the itching became tolerable enough to fall asleep. After being awake for 2 days I slept from 7am to 1pm at which point the itching woke me up. My skin is painful now- yet I can't stop scratching. So I finally went to the ER. My stomach pain was bad too. I was dehydrated, they did a cat scan of my adominal area- everything looked fine they said. Still a mystery as to why the pain and why the hives/itching. The doctor did say that its common for it to be worse in the eves/night- something about a cycle. At least I know now I'm not the only one.

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