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 My body is scratching horribly and I can't go to the doctor till morning. It must be seasonal allergy HELP!

 Ive got itchy ears, the doctor said dont put anything in to itch it?
what can i do to stop it its bugging ...

 Is it possible to be allergic to the sun?
Cuzz like, whenever I go out in the sun I get a rash like an hour or so later.
And it is not a heat rash, but like the type of rash someone would get if they got into poisen ivy
And it is ...

 Anyone here allergic to marijuana?
Anyone here allergic to weed?
How can you tell that you're allergic? What happends when you do smoke it? How did you find out you were allergic? Were you diagnosed by a doctor?...

 Iv been told to drink raw egg n milk 2 get me big is there a risk of catching salmonella?
help me on this one plz ...

 Why is it that a loaf of wheat and allergen free bread is so expensive?
I was advised by the sister at the well woman clinic last week to try wheat free bread to help with my stomach. It does seem to be helping at the moment. I know that there is wheat in other foods,...

 Will Benadryl make me drowsy?

 Are these allergy symptoms normal?
I've been forced to live with a cat for the last month or so and probably will have it for a long time now. I always knew I was allergic to cats.

The inner region of my ears get ...

 What could it be? Anyone please...?
Okay I went to the public laundry place today to wash 2 comforters. My husband and I didn't have any dryer sheets so the lady who works there gave us 2 that someone else had left behind. Later, I...

 I appear to be allergic to eye make up. Can anyone recommend a brand that will not affect my eyes please?
I would like a brand that offers some good colours that won't make my eyes sore....

 How do you find out if you have a food allergy and it might make you fat?

 Every time i kiss my boyfriend i shock him and everytime i touch metal. can someone tell me why?

 How can I get rid of house mites?
We think that they might be causing an allergy. Have you any idea how to control them please?



 Is it normal to be allergic to so many things?
Foodwise, I'm violently allergic to:
1. all poultry meat - the worst by far
2. much seafood - calamari, mussels and probably oysters too (not brave enough to try) and certain types of ...

 Is there a generic or an over the counter substitute for the allergy drug, Zyrtec?

 Why are so many people in the world developing allergies?
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And what are the future implications?...

 For Allergy sufferers?
What is the best medication you have bought for allergies, I usually buy Aerius, but it doesn't seem to be working as well this season. any suggestions?? For allergies to pollen, grass etc. T...

 Mysterious food problem in 2 yr old..
My Son has had a series of tests that have all come back negative. He has a severe reaction to eggs, this gives him a fever and vomiting. Wheat tinned spaghetti makes him vomit too. He has only been ...

 My eyes are itchy, I have a runny nose and sneeze a lot. Allergies? any suggestions?
I have never had allergies ...

 Sinus Headache? Head has been hurting for two days but my nose isnt stopped up at all.?
About every few months or so I get these annoying headaches right in front. I feel the pressure worst when I bend over and such. Also I feel very tired during these until they pass. My nose is ...

How can I stop my hives from itching?
I have hives from an allergic reaction. The doctor gave me a prescription (xantac) to get rid of them, but they are still very itchy. What can I do to stop the itching?

Vinegar and water(equal parts)

U need Benedryl its over the counter

Debra B
make an oatmeal paste and put it on the hives. I would also go to the pharmacy and buy some Benedryl. I swear by it.

try baking soda paste or vinegar its good for sunburn too

Benydrl (cant spell) works wonders I had really bad hives I took 4 of thoes and Ill tell ya it was great

Cortizone cream can help and since it's topical it shouldn't interact with your medication. While you are at the pharmacy picking up some cream you can ask the pharmacist if there is anything else you can take.

kleighs mommy
take benedryll or put calamin lotion on them it will help. Zantac just so you know is and acid reflux med it wont help hives

Mr. Scandalous
hydrocortisone cream

Go to the drug store and get the oatmeal packets. put in your bath water and get in the tub. soak for a while then use the creams and drink plenty of water.

Chronic Hiver
Welcome to my itchy world - I have chronic hives, have been covered in them to some degree for most of my life. Controlling the itch is the hardest part, I know.

Are you sure your prescription is for Xantac? I'm very familiar with all the antihistamines on the market, and I'm wondering if you didn't mean Zyrtec. If so, it's the best of the non-drowsy formulas out there for hives. The only other drugs which comes close to the name Xantac are Xanax, which is an anti-anxiety med, and "Zantac" which is an H2 blocker, in which case you need to be on an H1 blocker as well.

Some suggestions:

Ask your doctor if you can also try taking either Benadryl (OTC) or Atarax (rx); both will cause drowsiness, so best to take them at night. They will help you sleep. Atarax is generally considered the best for hives of the old, drowsy-causing formulas. Also, skin contains Histamine receptors for two types of Histamine, called H1 and H2 (Histamine is what causes hives and itch). Blocking only one of the receptor types doesn't always do the trick for relief; typical antihistamines only block H1. Adding an H2 blocker may give you better relief. The H2 blockers are more commonly thought of as upset stomach or ulcer meds - Tagamet, Zantac, and Pepcid are the most common - but they are actually H2 antihistamines. They work on stomach woes because Histamine in the gut causes an increase in stomach acid; block that Histamine, and you lessen acid....

As others have suggested, oatmeal baths can be helpful. Aveeno is the best known brand, it is a special oatmeal preparation designed to dissolve in water; you won't get the same effect from regular oatmeal that is in your pantry. Best to use tepid water, since hot water can make the itching worse, even cause more Histamine to be released.

Try to stay as cool as you can, avoid tight clothing, and natural fabrics tend to be more comfortable (silk, cotton) when you have hives.

Some have also suggested Cortisone cream... This can help for some people, but use it very sparingly. Cortisone cream contains Corticosteroids, which can cause thinning of the skin when used topically. Some other lotions/creams which many find helpful are any containing Menthol, such as Sarna lotion. Benadryl cream may help unless the itching is severe.

You've probably been told this already, but try very hard to not scratch. Scratching causes further release of Histamine, making the cycle worse.

One thing many chronic hivers find helpful is a Cromolyn based lotion which you can make yourself - the recipe can be found at www.chronichives.com. There are also other suggestions there to help you deal with the hives.

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