My journey with hives was painful both physically and mentally. I went to bed one night last April feeling itchy all over and I woke up the next morning with hives covering my body from my neck to my toes. At the time I was going through an extremely stressful and unpleasant move. I had no idea my stress could manifest itself into something so crazy so I had to believe I was allergic to something. I took everything and anything I could buy over the counter - nothing worked. I used every cream I could get my hands on - nothing worked for more than 5 minutes. I went to the ER several times leaving with steroids or anti anxiety med or an allergy medication of some sort. Every time the script ran out, the hives were back and worse than ever. I was literally on the edge all the time, I cried every night before going to sleep. I'd wake up in such pain due to swelling, I was at the end of my rope. This was still going on after even after my stress had faded. This was now the only stress in my life. And it was killing my spirit. I felt out of control. One day I read an article online that suggested drinking 60-80 oz of water per day would help relieve the hives. For a week I downed 80 oz per day religiously. The first night, maybe a gallon. I would try anything at that point. The next morning, my skin was clear. I have been doing this since august. If I drink at least a 20oz bottle of water, it keeps them away. If I am dehydrated (sometimes I work long shifts as a server and don't have time to stop) I'll find myself getting itchy. I drink a bottle of water and it goes away. I'm not claiming to have the cure but I'm telling you what helped me if it helps anyone else. Because my life for those months was absolute hell. I thought I was going to be tortured for the rest of my life. And I have my life back. Just give it a try. You have nothing to lose... but your hives.
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