I’m going to post some pretty nasty pictures on this blog post about my chronic hives. So if you aren’t into seeing some graphic material – do not scroll down. There’s no other way of explaining what I’m going through without the visuals. So here is your FAIR WARNING – if you don’t want to see the hives, then please don’t read on.

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A week or so ago I woke up choking on phlegm. I was gasping for air and coughing up a storm. I thought I got sick overnight. I wasn’t lightheaded or dizzy (symptoms that usually accompany a bad cold). I just had this inability to breathe and all this phlegm. I got up out of my bed and walked into the kitchen to get some water. In about 5 minutes – it all went away. I was totally fine.

I thought that was strange but let it go and moved on.

The next night the same thing occurred – lots of phlegm, a hard time breathing… but this time it was accompanied with a body filled with hives. And not just little hives. I’m talking welts. I was so itchy I didn’t even know where to begin! I downed some Benadryl and went back to sleep. In the morning, we took the sheets off and washed them in Tide Free and Clear. I was using a cheaper detergent that I got on sale and thought maybe that was the cause. We washed everything from the mattress pad to the pillow cases. I put my comforter in the dry cleaners because it didn’t fit in my washing machine and used my daughter’s instead.

Nighttime followed and I went back to sleep feeling hopeful. But no such luck. Ready for the pics?

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You can’t REALLY tell in this picture but my knee is SO SWOLLEN. Besides it being red – it was HUGE. 

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This is just a portion of my mid-region. It was like this all the way around.

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Again, the hands are just the same – completely swollen. They actually hurt ON TOP of being ridiculously itchy.

image_5 Here’s another shot of my knees. I mean – LOOK at all those hives! I was dying. It was all over my body. Even my scalp and feet.

Thankfully, the Benadryl clears it right up. But I get so tired when I take it which is no fun for my children or my husband. THANK GOD he is home with me because this week would have been a DISASTER otherwise. We went to Bed, Bath and Beyond after day 4 or 5 of this nonsense and bought new pillows, allergy covers, allergy spray etc. I shop vacced my mattress and the entire room. I rewashed EVERYTHING again and hoped for the best.

This is what I woke up looking like:

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So… it’s still happening. But they are smaller hives. Unfortunately, they are still everywhere. This morning, they were even on my face. But thank GOD I am breathing ok. I’m no longer losing my breath in my bedroom. That was my number one concern.

So here’s what I KNOW:

  • My diet hasn’t changed.
  • My detergent did change – but we switched back to the old detergent and have washed everything with Free and Clear.
  • I am not overly stressed (a lot of people are just assuming this is the cause and believe me I’m ok)
  • It happens at night.
  • I can lay on my bed with my kids and play video games for a few hours and not react.
  • My hives start to present when I am wrapped up in my comforter and am warm. The heat is triggering the hives. I no longer think it’s the detergent.
  • The comforter I am using has been cleaned with a Free and Clear detergent but it still gives me a reaction.  So I don’t think it’s the detergent anymore. I’m really leaning towards heat.

I read online about chronic hives. Hives that just come out of nowhere and can last for YEARS and YEARS. I have a HORRIBLE feeling that this is what this is.

I’m heading to an allergist tomorrow but I don’t think that I am going to get much support there. I know I am allergic to EVERYTHING. Dust. Tree, Pollen, Rag Weed. Basically anything natural. The list can go on and on. I am LITERALLY allergic to about 20 things. When I took the test a few years ago, the doctor was even surprised by my results. I’m just highly sensitive. Anything can be doing it. I just don’t know.

Hopefully it’s not chronic hives. Hopefully, there is a CAUSE and we can just remove the trigger from my life. But how can you remove the night and heat? I’m feel really defeated….

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