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Q: I have hives swollen ankles and feet with severe pain.

Beginning about 2 months ago I started having severe hives and even had to go to the ER twice. I have changed my detergents, diet, etc, but still have no relief. I am on antihistamines, histamine blockers and steroids as well. My ankes and feet are very swollen and some days I can hardly walk. Is this just an allergic reaction or more?

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Tigertail, Community Member
1/20/09 12:15pm

I don't know if my story will help many people that suffer from hives, but hopefully it will bring relief to some.

 

I don't handle medications well. My body is hypersensitive to antibiotics and various other perscriptions. When I take antibiotics I usually end up with hives afterwards and a yeast infection. So when I get a perscription for antibiotics I also almost always get a perscription for Diflucam for the yeast infection I'm bound to get. (Diflucam is only 2 pills - you take one and then you take the other one week later)

 

Recently I had surgery and when I got home I could tell that I had a yeast infection, probably from the antibiotics I got while getting surgery. I waited on calling the doctor because I was tired and sore. I figured I would ask for a perscription for Diflucam when I saw my doctor at my post surgery visit.

 

About 4 days before my post surgery visit I broke out with hives on my ankles and the tops and bottoms of my feet. It was awful! I feel terrible for anyone else that lives with hives!!

 

At first I was thinking the hives might be assicated with the antibiotics I got when I was having surgery, but right before I went to the doctor I started wondering if the hives on my feet were associated with the yeast infection. I looked on the internet to see what kind of symptoms are assocaited with yeast infections and hives were one of many - here's the site I went to - http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/yeastinfectionsymptoms.html.

 

My doctor gave me the Diflucam perscription - and a perscription for steroids. (Every time I get hives they give me steroids in an effort to clear up the hives)

 

As soon as I got home (around 4 PM) I took one of the Diflucam (anti yeast infection pills), but didn't start the steroids until the next day - I wanted to test my theory.

 

By the next morning my hives were nearly gone. I could still see a faint outline of the hives and my feet were still a bit sore and kind of stiff, but the hives were nearly all gone! And - Yes - I did start the steroids that morning too. While I don't like taking steroids - the nightmare was a bit too fresh in my memory to not take them.

 

This could have all been terrific timeing, but it seems a little too convenient to me. If you're prone to yeast infections AND you have hives - this might help you.

 

Good luck!!

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Relieved, Community Member
10/16/12 1:11pm

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! My feet have been swollen, and painful, and filled with hives.  The docs ran me through thousands of test and still couldn't figure it out.  I had a bad yeast infection shortly before all this started that I left go untreated.  I am going to the doc right now to try the Diflucan!!!  Thank you!!!

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latifa, Community Member
12/ 9/08 9:56pm

I have the exact same problem, i don't know what causes this reaction, i have change where i sleep and my clothes but i keep reacting to something.i have tried all sorts of allergy medication, it works for a short while and it stops the itching but recently my legs and ankles are so swollen that i cannot walk. You should avoid alcohol because it causes the skin to swell and makes the hives even more painful. if you find a solution please let me know. thanks.

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Pam, Community Member
5/ 6/09 9:55am

I had the same problem a couple of years ago.  It happened in the summer time and became worse by the day.  I saw dr after dr, but no relief.  Drs kept asking me if I had changed laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, etc......I said no.  But after talking to someone about the problem, I realized what had changed.  We changed to a front-loading washer which requires HE laundry detergent....I was using the same detergent that I've always used for years.  Turns out that my clothes had a soap built up which would worsen the hives when I would sweat.  I re-washed all of my clothes (first without any detergent), then starting using HE detergent.  Guess what????.....no more hives!!!!

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KC, Community Member
5/ 2/11 3:14pm

I am going throught the same after taking Ceclor antibiotics, I am allergic to Penicilan as was given this but after two days all hell broke lose. Started with a rash on the back of the neck, then developed blisters over my back, neck and arms. After 1 week developed hives on legs and anckles. I am finding it so hard to walk as anckles and feet are swollen. I was prescribed Telfast 180mg for 30 days, its now day 6 and I am seeing no improvement. My joints are so sore, really feeling a little desperate now and fed up :(

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canDarian, Community Member
5/ 3/11 8:55am

First off I would stop taking any medications save Benadryl and only in a Emergency or unberible discomfort.Being allergic to Penecilian I am absolutely floored they would prescribe Ceclor to you it's not a good drug to give to people with allergy's to Penecilin.

 

The most common cause is a Gluten/Egg/Cheese allergy or Celiac these all can cause severe hives and can cause swelling pretty much anywhere.If you find the attack happening between 10 mins to an hour after eating it's most likely a food allergy

 

Bed bugs is another that can cause the rash and swelling Renal Failure will also cause Rash and Swelling,if you find after eliminating Gluten and others from your diet and are still reacting I would get your Kidney's tested.

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KC, Community Member
5/ 5/11 4:37pm

Can you but Benadryl over the counter or is it on prescription? I will look into it tomorrow. I do eat lots of cheese and have changed to a different one this last month, love cheddar! Would a food allergy cause blisters? I was thinking of going back to the doctor this weekend as I would have thought that by now I would have seen some changes. It is the stiffness of the joints and the swelling that is the real annoying part of it all. I have not noticed any changes after eating cheese, so far so good. I have been reading a few complaints about Ceclor. I do Thank you for your reply, did not expect any to be honest as the dates were quite a while ago previous to mine.

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Yo, Community Member
5/ 3/11 5:48pm

I've had this since I was a kid.

 

Usually happens at least once a year in the spring time (grass allergies) and sometimes at other times (from a combination of stress and other things like food or season). An allergist had me use Seldane to treat it back then and that helped me recover faster.

 

But it's definitely no joke and nobody seems to have a clue how to make it better. 

 

Hot showers are a definite no-no. Take lots of cold showers. Standing outside in the cold helps. Not moving a lot. Soft fabric. No shoes. Coating yourself in Benadryl, soaking your feet in cold water, etc.

 

I have it pretty bad right now (April-May in Oregon) and have been looking for things online as remedies.

 

There so many people chiming in about whack stuff. I honestly don't want to hear about finding the cause or drinking nettle tea. I don't think many of these people have the same "class" of hives.

 

I'm like it's incredibly painful right NOW! and really out of your hands if it's brought on by allergies and I want something that will work right NOW! to alleviate it.

 

This is a serious thing. You can barely walk as your joints, ankles, and hands swell. Last night I was gritting my teeth walking across the room to let my dogs outside. The first time I got up I just sat back down. No joke. Shivers. All kinds of fun.

 

I'm trying Allegra right now (what Seldane was) and I think maybe next year I will just start taking the pill beginning of April to see if it will prevent me from getting the rash. So far I only have tried treating it after I get the rash.

 

I tried Zyrtec last year and it didn't do anything - they just had advertised it as Seldane's replacement. Turkeys!

 

Last year (and this year) I am taking Diphenhyramine (Benadryl) pills and I have a feeling this works well. Partly because the lotion/spray seems to work well on the hives. So that's about all I've got for remedies.

 

It still takes a few days for it to clear up, but at least with the pills it seems to cut the time in half. Hope that helps.

 

 

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canDarian, Community Member
5/ 3/11 6:48pm

Ya is what I use Diphenhyramine but once agaI can't stress enough about the risks of taking these as Benadyrl can cause Liver damage and all the other can cause Kidney damage or Liver damage or both.

 

I personally find hot showers to help yes it does hurt for the first few mins but once aclimated I find the itching to go away for many hours,like right now my shoulders down my back my chest are just covered in hives.

 

I just avoid medications unless I happen to get an attack near my airway or my eyes,which just happened last month my eye swelled completely shut looked worse then Rocky two Benadryl Liqui Gels fixed that up.

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KC, Community Member
5/ 5/11 4:24pm

I had not heard of Benadry, I will look for ir tomorrow . I was prescribed hydrocortisone cream, this is quite good at stopping you scratch your skin to shreds lol. It is not really the rash that bothers me, it is the stiffness of the joints. I mean my knees r swollen too, just like you mentioned, I am walking around in flip flops. I understand what you are going through totally!! I walk around like a 90year old limping.

What I don't understand though is why is it taking so long? I am into my 3rd week and nothings clearing up yet. Ok the blisters have stopped popping up they are starting to flattern but look like theyre going to scar. My legs look like a kids legs, like they have been kicked all over. It is pretty hard to keep cool as it is spring here and temp is already 23c.... although I am bare foot on the tiled floor (Heaven)

 

You made me laugh when you wrote about takin the dogs out!

 

I tried to chase my daughter last night and was outclassed by a 3year old! I was in pain and looked a right plonker.

 

 

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TML, Community Member
6/ 9/11 7:31pm

I am so glad I found your comments!  I have experienced hives in the past but they were stress related.  This year I believe they are allergy related (Hayfever).  I normally am a mess around now (sneezing, itchy eyes/throat etc.) but have not experienced any of that, but instead have been fighting hives since April of this year.  They flair up and almost go away and then flair back up again etc.  I went to the Dr. in April he gave me a shot in the office and prescribed an antihistine for bedtime.  The shot help for a short time but then I flared back up again so know I have been trying zyrtec and allegra along with my prescription anithistimine.  I am now experiencing the swelling of the feet and and by the end of the day, I too feel like a 90 year old moving around.  It seems at the night goes on, it gets harder and harder for me to walk, me knees have just recently been bothering me also.  I know this has to be related to the hives because I can see te welts on my feet and even my knees (these just don't itch at the moment) but I have had the feet and hands itch and it's enough to drive you crazy!  I am at a loss of what to do about the swelling feet and aching swollen joints etc.  I have searched and searched online and I now feel at least sane knowing that I am not alone in feeling "old"!

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KC, Community Member
7/ 7/11 9:45am

 

I was given TELFAST 180mg which was ok for the hives but I returned to the doctor the following week as it had not helped the swelling at all. Doctor gave me SOLUPRED 20mg and I can honestly say that from the very 1st day I felt relief!! within 3 days the swelling had almost gone and by end of the week I was back to normal and have been ok since. I have been confirmed that am allergic to ceclor ( cephlasporin) and Penicillin, have since been told that I should have been given an injection at the Hospital on day one of the reaction and not just given the telfast. I did notice that the during the peek of the problem, eating cheese made it much much worse - strange but really it did. You need to be referred to a specialist so that you can get this sorted, you could be allegic to some kind of food even but I wouldnt wait any longer as from April is quite a long time.

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KC, Community Member
7/ 7/11 9:45am

 

I was given TELFAST 180mg which was ok for the hives but I returned to the doctor the following week as it had not helped the swelling at all. Doctor gave me SOLUPRED 20mg and I can honestly say that from the very 1st day I felt relief!! within 3 days the swelling had almost gone and by end of the week I was back to normal and have been ok since. I have been confirmed that am allergic to ceclor ( cephlasporin) and Penicillin, have since been told that I should have been given an injection at the Hospital on day one of the reaction and not just given the telfast. I did notice that the during the peek of the problem, eating cheese made it much much worse - strange but really it did. You need to be referred to a specialist so that you can get this sorted, you could be allegic to some kind of food even but I wouldnt wait any longer as from April is quite a long time.

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angela baker, Community Member
9/25/13 3:03pm

hi. i wanted to ask you a questions. you seem to know a little bit about this horrible illness. well i am 42 yrs old and i have never been allergic to Anything except for dust, grass, and cats, and through out my life i have NEVER caught anything like this. well i went to the dentist and they gave me penicillin (and let me remind you i have never been allergic to this medicine before. i took it plenty of times in my younger days) but after i took the medicine. i went back to the dentist to get a tooth pulled and as soon as i got home. the next day i woke up, and there was tons of hives all over my body. i am concerned because i aint ever been allergic to ANYTHING, and now my chest hurts all the time. i cry everyday cause i want this to go away. i went to the doctors twice. the first time i went,they treated me with steroids and Doxepin. the second time they scaned, did a stress test, monitored and checked my heart and said it was fine. so i want to find out if hives can hurt your chest and what caused this. i aint never went through something like this.

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bjm, Community Member
9/19/11 9:02pm

About 20 years ago after a long period of stress I suffered a major bout of hives (the blister kind, not the red rash kind).  My face  would swell up, including my eyes, and hands and feet and everything was swollen.  I took large doses of Motrin and Benedryl and after about 9 months they went away.

 

Now, just about a year ago, I started getting the red rash spot type of hive.  My allergist tells me there are two types. One is very near the top of the skin and one is far below.  After some blood testing she was able to determine that I have a predisposition in my blood for hives. 

 

Check with your doctor, you could have the same thing.  Right now I'm on Zyrtec twice a day.  It seems to help.

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