I Got The Hives

The goal of this post is to make you feel better about your life.

My doctor prescribed me the antibiotic cefdinir because I was having sinus issues. On the eighth day of a ten day treatment, my body got itchy in multiple places at the same time. I wrote it off as crabs (the sexual kind), but the next day it got much worse. Globs of raised red skin with the itching power of a million mosquitoes moved through my body like plucky terrorist fighters. When they attack my face, I look like a burn victim. Then they go hide in their sophisticated cave system, regroup, and come out later to attack again in different places… twenty-four hours a day, for the past nine fucking days. From a skin perspective, these have been the worst of my life—and I’ve had some bad pizza-face breakouts in my day. The first couple of days were so bad that I had a scratch queue where I had to prioritize which area got attention first (balls). Anti-histamines and cortisone creams have done little. Here’s how my back looked on day two:

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You’re probably wondering what that patch of hair is. Sometimes I think it’s the result of a secret government experiment (my bet is on the fluorine), though I can’t say for sure. But I do know that it is growing in size and thickness.

Anyway, my doctor said my hives would go away in 2-10 days. The welts aren’t as bad this week but the quality of my life just isn’t what it used to be—to play with myself I have to carefully time it between hive episodes. I did some googling and turns out that for some people hives stay with them for over 20 years. Since this is day nine for me, I’m happy they will suddenly disappear tomorrow, just in time for the weekend! :paranoid:

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Mandy
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Ouch. That looks so painful. And you’re not allowed to take Benadryl or something to make the swelling go down? Hope it goes down soon…

Roissy
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NSFW.

me
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oh man, that sucks. Hope it gets better ASAP.

Laura
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Oh, you really did have hives. I thought it was a cop-out. Can’t you take a steroid shot or something?

freckledk
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That sucks….sorry. You really should ask if you can get a shot to alleviate some of this. Or, if you’ve only seen a General Practitioner, see a Dermatologist.

Scratching is going to make it worse. When you scratch, you are releasing more histamines, and you become more itchy. I had an allergic reaction to the PABA in my sunscreen and, if I just lightly ran my fingertip over my skin, it would produce welts like yours. I could play tic tac toe on myself – it was creepy.

Check it out:
http://dermnetnz.org/reactions/dermographism.html

Carrie Broadshoulders
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Maybe you should weigh the benefits of that sinus medication to having to schedule your beat off sessions. I think I’d deal with the sinus infection for the freedom an open beat off schedule allows.

eugenius
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Stop crying you pussy……imagine if you were in some Iragi desert hidden for hours, maybe even days, looking for snipers and couldnt move to scratch your hived dick….could be worse right?

I am just sayin….

“Look at it this way, you are getting it now, instead of later”…(something my mom would say to make me feel better)…..strange, it never did.

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yeah. this happens to my brother all of the time. it’s a mediterranean thing. we’re precision-built animals, and typically allergic to a lot of the drugs used on white people. hives is neurological. try taking some fish oil for the next few weeks. it will help your skin and calm down nerve transmission.

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Once I got really small hives on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. No idea what they were from, but I found that putting ice packs on those areas helped numb the itching so I could get to sleep.

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“it’s a mediterranean thing.”

I’m mediterranean too but I never got hives like that. thing is though, I’m allergic to mosquito bites. when a mozzie bites me, I don’t only get a red welt the size of a pencil eraser like most people. instead, my skin swells up like a baloon around the bite… the redness and swelling sometimes extends 4-5 inches away from the bite all around it.

irina
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gross.

Days of Broken Arrows
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Arrrghgh! I got this by taking an antibiotic called Bactrum when I was 22. Although the hives came on in one day, it took over a month for them to all disappear. I tried everything, from creams to eating yogurt to..I forget what else.

All I know is that this happened around Thanksgiving and I was still red at Xmas. Good luck!

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omg i have it right now and i cant stop iching!