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Old 05-09-2016, 08:49   #1
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So I just found out about a month ago that I have type 2 diabetes and my doctor put me on metformin and the next day I woke up with hives all over my body at first I thought I was reacting to something else but I haven't changed anything in my life besides taking the medicine so I went back to my doctor about 2 weeks later he took me off the metformin and put me on farxiga and gave me atarax to stop the itching(I was taking benadryl to try to calm the hives but it didn't help at all) (keep in mind my hives never got a chance to clear up before getting on the second medication) I will still breaking out in hives. I went back to the doctor last week and he took me off the farxiga so right now I'm on no medication because my doctor is trying to figure out what I'm allergic to in the medicines. Even now I'm still breaking out in hives, so for a month I've had hives and I'm really tired of being itchy, does anyone know what I can try to keep the itchiness at bay?? The atarax puts me to sleep so I can't take that while I'm at work or sleep and that's when the hives act up really bad. Any advice will be appreciated!

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Hives? Hm, yes I'm familiar with them. It may be as simple as a bath soap, a new detergent for washing clothes, etc. It may not be a medicine at all. Never take a shower/bath in anything but cool water because heat stimulates them. This could be almost anything. Eating anything new? Atarax is a wonderful med for them and why not take it at bedtime if you cannot take it in the daytime? They are miserable for sure. Good luck in finding what is causing them. A dermatologist could be of enormous help.

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Old 05-15-2016, 20:47   #3
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Honestly, if I broke out in hives as soon as I started a new medication, no way would I wait TWO WEEKS before seeing the doc. That's a HUGE risk that you were taking. I've only had hives once and Patdart's suggestion of cool water is a great one. You are already taking Benedryl for itchiness. The only other thing I can think of that helps allover itchiness is prednisone or drugs in that class and that can make your blood sugar soar, which may be why your doc hasn't ordered it. My A1c was 6.2 and then, within 2 weeks of starting prednisone, went to 7.9 AND caused blurry vision. Note: be careful of the Benedryl. I can't drive at all when I take that stuff.

Ok, you are off the drug and still getting new hives a few days after quitting. Stop eating fresh food and switch to frozen for a week. Sometimes the sprays they put on fresh food to preserve them can cause allergy reactions (my brother has this problem). Soaps, laundry detergents - those formulas can change without warning. All Free-and-clear is good for allergy sufferers. Don't use fabric softeners of any kind (sheets or liquid). Ok, those are my suggestions.

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If you steep the leaves of the plant impatiens, I think in the US you call it Jewel weed, until it is cool, you can then either put it in a spray bottle or dab the liquid on your skin. You can apply juice of stem directly on skin. Try a small area first but this works wonders for itchiness in dermatitis etc.I've never had hives but that's the first thing I would personally try as it helps the itch with my dermatitis like you wouldn't believe. It cures poison Ivy as well. Check this link out for more info
Hope things get better for you.


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