I just posted a few moments ago and in case you don't see it wanted to recommend NAET treatments. After dealing with hives off and on for ten years and going both the traditional and holistic route, these treatments have really worked for me and I am close to being hive free. My acupuncturist recommended I try the treatments and although it is a huge commitment I am feeling so much better. It is a form of acupressure and allergy elimination.View Thread
I thought I should finally share my hives story. This is my 3rd bout with chronic hives and this time has by far been the worse. I eat really healthy, do yoga, have an active job, etc., and last November my hives appeared again. Once they appeared i immediately stopped eating gluten because with my last case of hives years back this really helped and they eventually disappeared. This time, even without the gluten and visiting a naturopathic doctor every week, months and months were going by and still no improvement.
Almost immediately, I had to start prednisone due to the fact that my whole body was covered for days and I was having difficulty swallowing and breathing. No combination of antihistamines has worked for me and I have tried everything per my allergist. Being on prednisone has been terrible! My hives would only respond to high doses and extremely slow tapering. I didn't sleep, had terrible mood swings, and felt like I was "addicted" because it the only thing that gave me some relief. Oh...the allergists I saw said my hives were autoimmune and that hopefully they will just go away some day...thanks because in the meantime I really felt like I was losing control. I spent my nights in Epsom salt baths and cried constantly once I was home after teaching a long day. My four year old daughter thought I was just a little crazy!
Fast forward to this past spring....my acupuncturist recommended that I try NAET treatments. NAET is a huge commitment, and I was a bit skeptical, but I tried it. Basically it is a technique that uses acupressure to build up your immune system against allergens we find in food and our environment. I was severely immune deficient and I felt very weak once I started, but just about four weeks ago I finally stopped taking my prednisone and although my hives are not 100 percent gone (mine too seem to get worse at night and in the morning) I am so, so much better. I am also taking Quercetin every day, a probiotic, and reishi mushroom supplements.
I know I just went on and on, but I really understand how chronic hives can overtake your life on a daily basis and how disheartening the traditional treatments can be. NAET has worked for me so I thought I would share in case this is a path someone might want to pursue.View Thread