Thank you for the well wishes and medical advice, friends. 🙂 I’d like to think the allergy is getting better but I don’t think so. I’ve learnt that the hives get really bad whenever I’m not in an air-conditioned place. At work, that’s not much of a problem but at home, I can only get air con in my room. Hence the reason I get hives whenever I go on the computer, as it is not in my room! 😆 (I thought at one point I was allergic to the computer!)
The hives erupt the whole day when I don’t take the medication, regardless of the room temperature, though it’s not as bad if I were in a cool place. Covering my whole body helps in covering the ugly, angry welts and visually tricking myself into thinking I’m not having hives. It also helps because it’s harder to scratch myself when I cover up. At home it’s really bad, since it’s hot and I wear baggy T-shirt and shorts…
When I do take the medication, it takes a while before the hives stop. Even then it does not completely go away. Currently, I’m at work and I popped cetirizine and prednisolone before leaving home because the hives were so bad it even got to my face. 😕 Anyway, some parts of my body still itches, though it’s very minimal compared to not taking the medication.
I’m trying hard not to take the medication because I don’t know exactly what I’m allergic to. Reading online about the medication I’m taking says that it’s not good to take them on a long-term basis. Since I don’t know what is causing the hives, I really have no idea how long I’ll need them! Yesterday I didn’t take any and I was scratching all day long. I’m quite grumpy and moody because of this.
The only time I don’t get the hives is when I’m asleep. Yesterday I went to bed early because the hives were so bad and as a result, got a pretty good night’s sleep. I think I’m not really allergic to anything per se, because the hives begin when I wake up and persists until I sleep. So I suspect that the hives are a combination of the horrible heatwave going on in my country right now and stress. Maybe losing RM600, along with my work frustrations, gave me more emotional trauma than I expected and has manifested into this horrible hives physically. 😦
I can’t afford to go to an allergy specialist to find out what I’m already suspecting to be true. I mean, it makes no sense to be getting hives at your every waking moment if you are allergic to food or the heat, right? So it’s quite likely that the hives are caused by heat and stress and the only way to eliminate them is to wait for the weather to change and to get out of my current job ASAP!
Meanwhile, Tiger balm helps a bit. The menthol-ish feeling masks the itchiness somewhat!