hi..i have experienced severe itching on my hands and legs for a few days, i went to a doc, who said it was most probably hives. she gave me a list of things that might cause it..food wise, they are eggs, chocolates, nuts, milk, caffeine, achohol, strawberries and other stuffs..i have a fw questions on hives:
1) the foods listed are foods that i have been eating ALL my life with no problems, why do i get hives after eating them now?
2) if for example eggs were the ones causing my hives, does that mean i can't eat eggs again for the rest of my life?
3) how long does an outbreak last? does it comes and goes for the rest of my life or is it only a one off occurence?
4) how will hives affect my life? what can i do about it?
pls help..thanks alot..I'm 15 btw
here is a link on what looks like hives: http://images.google.com.sg/imgres?imgurl=http://www.amitbhawani.com/health/Images/Hives1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.amitbhawani.com/health/hives-causes-symptoms-and-treatment/&usg=__eeqiZzdISA1ag-9PBL26264yF9o=&h=308&w=337&sz=9&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=_KDEGf3RleNRiM:&tbnh=109&tbnw=119&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhives%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26hs%3Dw40%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1
however, mine doesn't looks like that, heck i don't even have rashes on my body..just itch..why?
Question 1. Allergies develop from repeated exposure. So it is perfectly normal to have eaten foods all your life and then develop an allergy.
Question 2. If eggs cause you hives it is best to avoid them. Yes it means you cannot eat them if you are strongly allergic to them. you can see your doctor and see if you are a suitable candidate for desensitization.
Question 3. No one can predict how long a severe outbreak will last. we do not know how allergic you are to the things you have stated. For detailed information you must see your doctor. It will in all probability last all your life unless you choose to undergo a desensitization program. you and your doctor have to evaluate the costs/risks and benefits of this program.
Question 4. Hives can progress to wheeziness, difficulty breathing, analphylatic reaction, shock and death.
In my opinion you NEED medical intervention. Please see a doctor as soon as possible. I am a Registered Nurse and I have looked after patients described in answer to question 4.
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