HIVES!!!!!!! Treatment Suggestions

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am asking this on behalf of my mum who, when she gets nervous or is put in a difficult spot, gets hives, mainly on her face.

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what she can do to help get rid of them. It would be good if she could go to a dermatologist but in Pittsburgh it would take like 3 months to get an appointment and by then they'll be gone.

    Anyway, I suggested that she take an anti-histamine but I don't know what else she can do for the spots on her face. It seems that they get itchy, and she scratches them (big No No I know but she can't stop) then they get real dry and irritated, red and splotchy. She has had them for about a week now so new ones aren't popping up but the old ones are very red, irritated and painful. She said they feel like tiney knives poking her skin.

    If you have any suggestions on what else she could do please let me know.


    PS, did you ever feel that because you are a nursing student or a nurse that everybody comes to you looking for medical advice?
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    My dad gets them and takes Benadryl. What about hydrocortisone cream for the itching?

    Sounds like she needs to get to a doc though. It could be an allergy to something and not just stress.
  4. by   LilgirlRN
    Is it hives or eczema? Lots of people get winter eczema on their cheeks, really red and itchy. If it is hives, she can take Benadryl or for less sedating alternative claritin now that it's available OTC. Benadryl cream topically may help too, ice off and on to the areas may help the itching and the swelling.
  5. by   colleen10
    It is definately Hives, bad week, she went on a short vacation with her boyfriend and her parents, enough to send anyone up the wall!!!!

    I hadn't thought about the OTC Claritin, that may help during the day time.

    Would anything cortisone be good, like something that you might use for Poison Ivy? And, I did not know they made "Benedryl" cream, I'll have her check it out.
  6. by   NurseShell
    My daughter has been breaking out in hives for the past couple of weeks! We can't for the life of us figure out what she is reacting to.

    So...we bought a huge bottle of Benadry and keep them close at hand. That is the only thing that seems to help. If she insists on scratching we give her an ice pack or ice cubes to put on the itchiest hives.
  7. by   NurseWeasel
    What NOT to do (learned this the hard way): soak in a nice, warm, soothing bath! :chuckle

    Actually, Benadryl cream or gel works very well, in addition to maintaining a therapeutic dose of antihistamine by mouth.
    I've had quite life threatening cases of hives twice in my life. Both required epi.

    The first time, after much deliberation, they determined I was allergic to peanut butter (hello, it's my favorite). The second time, we never determined what it was.

    Please make sure your mum understands that she should seek emergency treatment if she experiences any difficulty breathing.

  9. by   Disablednurse
    One thing to remember, when you apply the Benadryl cream or lotion, you get a reaction to it same as when you take it PO. That is printed on the label. Don't want her to take large dose oral, then rub a lot of cream/lotion on and become too drowsy.
  10. by   colleen10
    Hi everybody,

    Thanks a lot for your responses. I am passing them along to her.

    That is wild about the Benadryl cream making you drowsy, never would have thunk it.

    PS, Heather, how can you live without Peanut Butter?
    Originally posted by colleen10
    PS, Heather, how can you live without Peanut Butter?
    Well, I don't think that's what it is. I mean, obviously it isn't, I'm eating it right now!

    That was just the only thing at the time that we could figure was new or different. But I slowly started sneaking it again. I was young, less than 10, the first time. And 18 the second.

    Still don't know what it is, but I don't mess around with them.
  12. by   cindyln
    I have suffered from hives for years. I have been tested for everything and if I avoided everything they have told me to I would have to sit in a steel room 24/7 and eat tofu. I have been taking zyrtec and it has helped so much. One of the uses for zyrtec is hives.