I hate hives.
Now I know how why television shows like to harp on how some people ‘triumph’ over their illnesses or diseases. I used to think that it is no big deal, and my favourite line was ‘it will be over soon’. But what if it doesn’t?
I’ve had hives since Wednesday night. I saw a doctor on Thursday morning. It is Sunday morning now and still my hives are at it. If you guys read this and go ‘oh it’s just hives’, I urge you to google it. Imagine seeing it every morning on your legs. Imagine it on your hands and backs. It’s worse because I don’t know when the next breakout would be. It could be my legs, or hands or back. For a while there were a bit on my face.
It is the worst feeling ever.
I’ve cried so many times just looking at it I can’t remember a time I was this miserable.
I feel so helpless. I have no idea what brought this on, and what really triggered it. I’ve used up all my cream medicine.
I’ve called CJ up crying a few times.
I’ve burst into tears for no reason a few times.
Thank goodness this week the maid was with us because I had no strength to do housework or even just picking up after myself.
I don’t know when the hives will go away. I keep feeling scared that it would come back when I least expect it. I don’t even feel like going out because I don’t know what I will come into contact with that will trigger it again. Mostly also because I have so much red welts over my body I think people will feel grossed out when the see me.
Never really been weak about anything but this might be a first.
List of stuff that may have triggered off hives –
Medication – Antibiotics, penicillin, aspirin (Of which I took 2 prior to Wednesday, and antibiotics I’m still taking)
Food – Shellfish, Buts, Tomatoes (I took quite a bit on Wednesday and Thursday), soy, chocolate (Yup), Berries
Environment – Pollen, Insect bites, cat dander, dust mites
Other – Extreme cold/hot temperature, bacteria-viral-fungal infection, stress, sweating, dermatographism (pressure from wearing tight clothing), new shampoo/soap or makeup/cologne (maybe, I started using a new foundation but a few days before), hive rising chemicals in clothing (highly possible… It’s CNY so of course I wore new clothes)