I ran across this site today as I was searching for cures for my hives. I have had three outbreaks in the last three years. The first was stress related and lasted a little over a year, the second only a few weeks and currently I've been fighting a hives outbreak for about four months. Like many of you, I have my good days and bad days. Today I'm covered from my neck to my knees because I haven't taken anything except Zyrtec and Claritin for the past two days. What I found works the best for me is taking 800 mg of Cimetidine (Tagament) three times a day. Tagament originally was used for helping with heat burn but doctors found that it is a very effective anti-histamine that works through your stomach. I take this in combination with hydrocortisone tables 15-20mg daily, Zyrtec in the am and Claritin in the evening. I also take 2000mg of Vitamin C, Omega 3 capsules twice a day, pro-bio tics, a double dose of prescription grade multivitamins and vitamin D3. This seems like a lot but does a pretty good job of controlling my hives. My outbreak today is because I was trying to ween myself off of some of the medications. Also, one thing I experience is that I get a feeling of a lump in my throat combined with heartburn just before a major outbreak. Not sure why, but it is a definite indicator that trouble is coming.
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