I’ve been getting hives from head to toe for 5 months. At least twice a day except for a 2 week break in November 2008.
I’ve been trying to find the cause. First, I thought I was allergic to wool. I stopped wearing wool, but they continued. Then I thought it was stress from lack of sleep. I’ve been sleeping more, but they continued.
Last week I started thinking it’s a food allergy. It’s probably no coincidence that the 2 pounds of peanut butter (for the protein) and 3 dozen Reese’s Valentines (not for the protein) I ate since early February have coincided with the worse round of hives.
And, just in the nick of time, I found “Could You Have A Food Allergy?” on LifeScript.com – this article was very helpful and practical. Here’s an excerpt:
“Any food can cause an allergy. But eight: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts), fish, shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster and crab), soy and wheat cause 90% of all food-related allergic reactions.”
I went peanut-free on March 2, 2009. And, I’m almost ready to go wheat-free, though wheat-free will be harder. If it’s a food allergy, I hope it’s peanuts and not wheat.
In case you’re wondering why I haven’t been to the doctor, I had in the past. He told me the best way to find out what causes hives them is to find the unknown irritant by trial and error.
However, I’m going to a new doctor on 3/12/09. I’ll let you how that turns out.