Newly experiencing hives breakouts!

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Hi everyone,

I'm posting this, hoping to get some advice - it'd also be reassuring/comforting to know that other people suffer from this too!

So a bit of background, I've never had this problem before the start of last week and have no known allergies.

Before it got really bad i had small breakouts for a couple of days which responded to antihistamines. However, I woke up a few days before Christmas and was covered in hives (especially bad on my legs!) my lips were swollen and my throat felt tight, i honestly thought i was having a severe allergic reaction so headed to ane.

Was told it was a hives breakout and they took my blood for testing (thyroid, iron levels etc) - all came back fine apart from being a bit low in iron which i'm already aware of. They gave me steroids which calmed it a lot and then prescribed me double daily doses of antihistamines, but my body dosent seem to respond at all to them.

This morning after waking up i was scared to look in the mirror because i could already feel my limbs burning and wrists and ankles swollen - also my wrists ache/tingle (is this normal?!) so i knew it was gonna be bad! I've attached photos of what the majority of my body (apart from my back) currently look like. I even have them on my face!

I don't know what to do, I'm worried to go back to work tomorrow as they're noticable even if i was to cover up (they're on my face, hands and in my hair!) 😦

I'm really confused as to why this is happening... how is it actually caused? Could it be stress? should i be avoiding any foods? thanks in advance for any replies its hugely appreciated!


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