- CASE FILE
My name is katrina; I had my tonsils taken out when I was 23; and since that day. I have broken out in massive hives;which leave bruises
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Once I had my tonsils out that night after surgery I was covered in massive hives! For the next two years. I saw several doctors most of which said it was an allergic reaction!! I was put on steroids and several allergy medications; but nothing seemed to stop them! But I was also having some bad reactions to the steroids (massive weight gain). I sought out alternative advice ; I have had acupuncture, laser treatment, seen a few allergists general practitioner endocrinologist, and a few D.O. I still break out in massive hives all over my body!! Over the years of this I have tracked what causes them as well as what makes them at least less painful! When I am exposed to a virus or bacteria: I don’t get the symptoms of the cold, I break out in hives! I haven’t actually had symptoms of a cold in 8 years! I can’t take any over the counter medication including ibuprofen!! Or Benadryl!! Only makes the hives worse! But the two things that within an hour will makes them disappear; super hot water(bath or shower) or a shot of liquor!! It also should be mentioned that I have developed a sensitive to public water ( we are on a well at my home which we purchased from my parents so I have been on this well water since I was 3!!) also bottled water will irritate them!! However through all this I have never had any breathing problems or gone into anaphylactic shock!! I think the most irritating part is I break out in these massive welts, which then leave a pretty nasty bruise , which will dissipate with an hour or so!! I have shown doctors pictures and even had one time and watch the progression and I keep being told that hives don’t cause bruises and bruises don’t disappear! That only an allergy can cause hives!! It’s been 8 years of battling this pretty much alone!! My husband and family can only have pity when I my knees are so swollen I can’t bend them, or my eyes swell shut, my ears have swollen so much my earring was pulled through! I never know what is going to set them off or what my day is going to hold!