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    hives after shower/heat
    lspjc posted:
    After every shower, i get small red bumps (hives i think) on my torso, neck, and even my face. They do itch, but not terrible, and they do go away within an hour. Seems to be heat related, as sometimes when i sweat, they will surface.

    I tried switching up my shampoos and laundry detergent, but that doesnt seem to help.

    What else can be done? Would going to a doctor be helpful?

    Unfortunately this has been going on for months now...

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    aswalke responded:
    I started having this problem around the age of 30. I developed hives on my hands, wrists, feet, and ankles and I wasn't sure what it was. I took a hot shower and it got worse. After a couple of months, I found many things triggered my hives and they continued to get worse and spread to the rest of my body. Being hot, in the sun, working out and any NSAID (pain reliever) triggered hives. I went to an allergist and he put me on Allegra and an H2 histamine blocker. Neither worked and it actually seemed as though it caused hives as well. Now I am 33 and have learned to stay out of the sun, take a cold shower after working out and I only take Tylenol. I have read a lot of information on hives and it is possible the allergic reaction to the NSAIDs could be Asthma. I have never had that conversation with the allergist/asthma specialist, mostly because I have just learned to live with it. The only other suggestion I can make is use hydrocortisone creme, not Benydryl creme. The allergist says the Benedryl can cause desensitization of the skin if used regularly. Hope this helps!
    Laura0711 replied to aswalke's response:
    I have little red bumps on my arms that get itchy when I shower and I found that if I put some lotion on after the shower it stops the itching. The best lotion I found that works is Johnson and Johnson 24 hour body lotion. It's hypoallergenic and has no scent so I don't react to it in any way. You can find it in the baby care aisle at the store. If I don't use the lotion after taking a hot shower I will itch for several hours afterward but if I put it on before dressing I have no problems taking nice hot showers. You might try this and see if it helps you. I hope this helps.


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