Hi OP. oh how I feel for you. I broke out in what I thought was hives immediately after my daughters birth. They looked exact,y like the hives I get from penicillin so my GP, and then the next 6 doctors I saw (!!) just kept pumping me full of antihistamines. Or telling me to change soap, washing powder, diet, cleaning chemicals, shampoo, etc etc and so on and so forth Until I was pretty much living off rice in a chemical free bubble (i literally moved out of my house temporarily in case if was environmental) and it still had absolutely no effect.
It turned out to be a rare auto immune condition called pemphagoid gestational, it's pregnancy related but can appear after birth in some cases like mine. In most women the hives turn into large blisters but mine never did, they were just ordinary looking hives at first and eventually became hard, rough hives. Of all of the doctors I saw, none had ever seen a case. And it's not the rarest auto immune disorder by a long shot!
PG is not likely to be what you're suffering from (unless you has unexplained hives during one of your pregnancies, in which case it might be a fit?). But I also get flares before my period, stress mskes it worse, etc.
But my point is, once I found a doctor who didnt write it off as "unexplained hives" I very quickly had the right tests, and even while we waited to confirm the diagnosis i was given a script for high dose prednisone and within a few days the agony was over. Until the prednisone agony started
but it was still better than the agony of unexplained severe itch!!!
As I understand it, prednisone (both oral and topical cream) is used to treat a range of auto immune type disorders, could you discuss that with your GP? Or could you request a biopsy of the hives (there's a test they run on a biopsy that confirms the presence of antibodies for PG, not sure if this applies to other auto immune skin disorders but worth asking)? I believe there are also blood tests that can be done. October is a long time away, maybe your GP can begin some tests in that direction at least to rule auto immune out?
Good luck OP, and i really hope you find relief soon!!!
This post has been edited by Pompol: 11/09/2012, 10:12 PM