I am applying cream to the hives on my face
Does anyone else struggle to believe that their hives are idiopathic? I’ve had Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria for Four years now and whilst I’ve been told numerous times that hives that last more than 6 months have no known cause or trigger, I just find their sudden arrival not to be spontaneous. For instance, before I went on holiday two weeks ago I had a bad hive flare up. The day we left my hives cleared up quickly and I didn’t have one flare up whilst we were away for two weeks. The day we got back, my hives came back with a vengeance and the day after that they went again. Three days later I woke up covered head to toe. What I’d give to just find out why. I try to be so strong but sometimes can’t help shedding a few tears when I’m applying cream to the hives on my face
They are idiopathic although they can have triggers that make them worse.
I was told mine were idiopathic. Now I found out it’s a food intolerance.
I mean my consultant found out.
Petrie Gillian same with me. Although I figured this out on my own. After 10 “specialists”.
Petrie Gillian intolerance to all food in general or specific foods?
Joe Nimon saliscyates, food with it in it which is most vegetables and plants, toiletries, cleaning products and it’s in medications too. Always been allergic to aspirin which is made from salicylic acid. Causes asthma, mouth ulcers, nose bleeds, urticaria, angiodema and throat swelling for me.
We don’t know a lot of things – why a cold starts, how the world began (or why!), how 2 tiny cells turn into a fully functioning human being. There is so much we don’t know, some we hardly think about, some frustrate us so much we cannot stop thinking ‘there must be a reason). A lot of it we just live with taking 1 day at a time. Mine started for the first time ever at 6pm after work on Friday 14th Jan 2009.????? who knows. I could drive myself into the ground wondering, or take each day…….
Rachel Ann Walmsley
I used to drive myself crazy looking for a cause and find myself less stressed now that I have accepted that it just is! Xx
Becky. I can so relate to your comments….I feel the same as you.
What is the difference between CIU and CAU then, if urticaria is all AI?
Even though they are idiopathic you will have triggers. It’s knowing what the triggers are. While I am sensitive with an outbreak of urticaria I am sensitive to certain foods especially cured food like bacon, tuna, corned beef etc, preservatives, fermented foods including beer and wine. Mushrooms and other fungus. Pickled food and vinegars. Tomatoe purees and cooked tomatoes. Yeast and food with yeast extracts. I am also triggered by stress, cold damp weather. Anything cold touching me especially my mouth. Tight clothing and items. I just had a flare this weekend around my bra area and my neck at I wore a tight strap around my neck. These are my triggers that I am aware of. When I don’t have the urticaria I am not sensitive to ANY of these things and live a normal life. Everyone has different triggers, but I think mine are quiet common.
Did anything happen while on holiday, in terms of stress, rushing, argument, distress, worry of any kind? Did you take work with you or did you have to deal with anything work related (if employed) ?
Did any of the above happen within the first three days you got back home?
Marissa Leah Ní Mhaonaigh
I don’t believe in ‘Idiopathic’ per se. There has to be a cause for these things. Otherwise they wouldn’t happen
Beverly Adams Henry
I honestly believe when doctors say there is no trigger or no cure, there plain lazy. There is always a cause for hives. Always! Our skin is our largest organ. It will tell us when something is wrong. Yes, it’s true that most of us here have an over reactive immune system. Many of us have autoimmune diseases. But there is a reason your body is attacking itself. It has identified something as harmful, even though it may not be harmful to others. The hard thing is finding those triggers. I have hundreds of triggers! But I have identified most of them. Removing these triggers from my life has given me my skin back and my quality of life. I do have to take meds daily but it is worth it being hive free! If I come in to contact with any of my triggers I will have a flare up still. It could be instantly, with in a day or two, or even a week later! It all depends on the trigger. After years and years of not knowing or understanding, I’m glad I’ve figured some of it out!
Catherine France Highfill
After 52 years, I’ve given up looking for a cause.
Nope. I don’t and never have believed that for one moment There’s a reason our bodies attack ourselves.
Idiopathic just means they haven’t found the cause! I don’t buy no cause. Have you looked into environmental possibilities like mold in your home or work? Just wondering since you didn’t have issues while away
Janet Cesario Perry
I believe that all our hives have a cause. I know many of mine after playing detective. Some are allergies even thought the docs said they weren’t our horrid spring yellow pollen season creates the “perfect storm” for my hives. It is an ongoing process, but plan on beating it. I am on modified AIP diet and trying to keep sleuthing for triggers.
Catherine France Highfill
I don’t believe anything environmental is causing my hives. Mine started when I was living in Arizona. They continued with a vengeance in Germany. And they never let up while I was living in Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia or California. I’ve lived in everything from a 100+ year old house to new construction, with carpeting and without. With furnaces that were electric, gas or oil burning. Plus the climate was very different in all the places I’ve lived. I think I can safely say, in my case anyway, that there is nothing in the environment causing me to break out.
I know why I get mine but there is still no way to get rid of them even knowing what causes them 🙁 I’ve had them for 16 years now. I’m extremely allergic to both heat and cold, really high and low temps can actually kill me, so i always have to keep epi-pens on me at all times. Xolair does help a bit with the cold ones and I just started on Blexten for the heat ones since regular allergy pills stopped working. I also get pressure hives when I get hot which is a new type i’ve gotten in the last couple of years lol They checked for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Mastocytosis but those came back negative
Beverly Adams Henry
Liliana Martinho, One of my many triggers is cold water. I can’t be in cold water, so I no longer go swimming… ect. If I’m going somewhere extremely cold or near cold water where someone can splash on me, I take a Benadryl before I get there as an extra precaution and have my epipen with me.
Beverly Adams Henry Cold water does give me hives and freezing water can cause my heart to stop but since I also have cryofibrinogenemia, temps below 4 degrees Celsius will cause my blood to thicken and can lead to blood clots and strokes.
Its easy for the medical profession to just say “we don’t know why” because the treatment is the same. So it is of little benefit to them to dig. After 8 yrs I have an answer. Tested positive on the CU index so I have autoantibodies that attack mast cells. Have they checked you for this? To rule in/out an autoimmune cause my allergist ran:
- CU index
- Thyroid autoantibody test
My dermatologist ran loads of blood tests and told me my thyroid wasn’t an issue. But she did then tell me that it’s an autoimmune issue and I’ll have this the rest of my life. But when some flare ups are so random and nasty, I just can’t help feeling that it’s something different I’ve done that day that’s caused it 🤷🏻♀️
Becky Edwards although mine are autoimmune I have very specific triggers (water, harsh detergents). So it is entirely possible something triggers yours. With CAU no one knows why some people have hives 24/7, some have triggers and others have episodic flares. It is truly frustrating.
Julie Noe I also tested positive on the CU index. What drugs/ treatment is effective for you and do you have other autoimmune diseases? I have Celiac and vitiligo.
Daphne Corbett I have until recently been really lucky that only hot baths and wearing clothes washed in certain detergents set mine off. Was able to avoid triggers and take zyrtec with good results. Then had rotator cuff surgery with permanent hardware left in. Over the past year I have had really odd sensations in my shoulder and when I got referred for deep tissue massage my hives hit like a sledge hammer. So hives nearly daily now for 3 months. Taking montelukast, zyrtec and benadryl with little improvement. Allergist wants me on xolair which I would prefer not to do. Really just want this hardware out but can’t convince the surgeon.😥
I also have primary Reynauds. No other autoimmune illnesses…yet. Are meds working for you?
I have been taking Ketotifen (compounded) for 5 months and it has helped but I think I need more options. I get crazy swelling in my face and red burning swelling in hands and feet. I just wonder if it’s more than CAU
Daphne Corbett I have not had issues with any sort of swelling like angioedema. I know it can go along with hives but other things could cause it also. And Celiac disease probably complicates things quite a bit. Sorry you are having so much trouble.
THIS!!! A thousand times THIS 👏🏼👏🏼 Idiopathic means they don’t know what’s causing it, not that there is no cause. Sometimes I just sit and stare at the huge welts on my arms or legs and think: is it the red coloring in the Gatorade? When was the last time I washed my sheets? Maybe I should go on a fast? Do I have an infection I don’t know about? I literally drive myself crazy thinking about these things. But it leads me to do a lot of research and I’ve found that more and more they are reclassifying people from CIU to AU (autoimmune urticaria). Your body basically tricks your IgE’s into thinking there’s an allergen when there’s not. There is a test you can have done called an ASST to confirm. I’m going to ask my allergist for this test at my next appointment. I HAVE to know the answer. I cannot settle for “I guess we’ll never know 🤷🏼♀️”
I don’t buy idiopathic either but haven’t found a cause yet