Graves and Hives

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Hello everyone.    I have had Graves for many years, and had RAI seven years ago.    I have felt fine, and my bloods are within the normal range.  I take 50 mcgs of Thyroxine daily.

About two weeks ago I developed hives on my thighs.    I thought I must have an allergy so started cutting things out of my diet to see if I could identify what it is, but it has made no difference.    I had chicken pox in March and was prescribed Amitriptyline for nerve pain.    I stopped taking it a couple of weeks ago thinking that could be causing the hives, but it made no difference.

I'm wondering if anyone has had the same problem.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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    I had hives on my forehead.  I swabbed my forehead with a cotton pad dipped in a solution of Betamethasone scalp lotion (need a Rx for this) and I could quickly feel my forehead quieting down.  
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    i think i developed hives while starting to go into hyperthyroidism. it happened all of a sudden during pregnancy and post partum the hives remained and i went on with my life until i got diagnosed with graves. after starting meds, all of a sudden i have not had a flare up of hives since. i dont know if that helps but its just something i noticed for myself. gl!
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    Hi, some patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also present with skin problems like hives or urticaria. This is mostly associated with raised thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies. In fact, if you google for Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hives then you will get plenty of search results. 

    For more information you can also search the articles:

    Successful treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria associated with thyroid autoimmunity and Autologous Serum Skin Test as a Diagnostic Aid in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. You could also try to find more info about the so-called autologous serum skin test. 

    To treat the hives at least symptomatically you could try Calamine lotion or Witch hazel gel. 

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      The titles of the two articles might not be clear, so here they are again:

      1) Successful treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria associated with thyroid autoimmunity

      2) Autologous Serum Skin Test as a Diagnostic Aid in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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