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What are the best laundry detergents to use for people who have hives?

What are the best laundry detergents to use for people who have hives?

Rarely: Hives are rarely if ever caused by laundry detergent although may get a contact or irritant dermatitis from it. I often caution people about using fabric softener or anti-static strips which tend to increase the itching. For most cases of hives, oral antihistamine up to 4 doses per day would be the first choice. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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I keep breaking out in hives. Haven't changed any detergent soap or anything I eat.?

I keep breaking out in hives. Haven't changed any detergent soap or anything I eat.?

Chronic Hives: Chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is the persistence of hives on most days of the week for a period of 6 weeks or longer. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients with this condition. Treatment involves daily high doses of non-sedating antihistamines. See Allergist for further evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I woke up with 5 hives, 4 on my leg & 1 on my arm. All on right side of my body. I haven't changed my diet or detergent. They are extremely itchy.

I woke up with 5 hives, 4 on my leg & 1 on my arm. All on right side of my body. I haven't changed my diet or detergent. They are extremely itchy.

Unusual: It is unusual to have hives affected only one side of the body. Are you sue that they are not insect bites (bed bug, fleas etc)? Try antihistamine and see it this helps. If recurrent or persistent, see dermatologist. ...Read more

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I get severe hives every night-no change in diet, medication, detergent, soap, linens, weather, stress, or habits. Is there another possible cause?

See your doctor: Hives are the result of histamine release by allergy-related cells called mast cells. These can get activated by a number of factors, or a particular combination of them. In addition, there are relatively rare mast cell proliferative disorders that nee t be ruled out. ...Read more

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Burnig/itchy hives upper body/face x6days in row. Come ad go w/ benadryl (diphenhydramine). No allergies/new foods/detergent ect. Symptom of something else serious?

Burnig/itchy hives upper body/face x6days in row. Come ad go w/ benadryl (diphenhydramine). No allergies/new foods/detergent ect. Symptom of something else serious?

Possibly: The fact that it is new onset, responds to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and has sx limited to what you mention still point to some type of allergy to a food/ air borne pollen in bloom. Ask your doctor to use a stronger tx than just Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and if it persists to do an allergy work up. Also make sure you have not been exposed to mites/fleas, bed bugs, etc. ...Read more

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Hives started in back of scalp and back now all over except face and legs. Antihistamines are not working. Shampoo? Detergent? Something else?

Hives started in back of scalp and back now all over except face and legs. Antihistamines are not working. Shampoo? Detergent? Something else?

Something else: Consider seeing an allergist or dermatologist. There are many causes for hives and often no cause can be established. However treatment is usually effective. Not all hives are controlled by antihistamine. ...Read more

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My son suffers really bad urticaria for 5 months now and I have suddenly got it too how could this be havnt changed any detergents?

My son suffers really bad urticaria for 5 months now and I have suddenly got it too how could this be havnt changed any detergents?

See allergist: There may be other things that are causing your hives. It could be environmental such as heat or cold. It could be food or drink. Then again are you sure you don't have insect bites looking like urticaria. See an allergist for a work up. ...Read more

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Allergist dx constant flat rashes neck, arms, are from choligenic urticaria, the heat from exercise and a mix of detergent reaction. Says try zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Allergist dx constant flat rashes neck, arms, are from choligenic urticaria, the heat from exercise and a mix of detergent reaction. Says try zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Urticaria: It's difficult to tell if you truly have cholinergic urticaria from your description. Usually urticaria is raised. But some people have what is called dermatographia which causes flat red hot skin especially when stressed, touched or hot. In either condition Zyrtec (cetirizine) should help ...Read more

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I think I'm allergic to my laundry detergent. Extreme itchiness in vagina since a week with extreme unusual dryness. Had xyzal (levocetirizine) but it didn't help????

I think I'm allergic to my laundry detergent. Extreme itchiness in vagina since a week with extreme unusual dryness. Had xyzal (levocetirizine) but it didn't help????

See GYN: I doubt that your laundry detergent is the cause for the internal vaginal dryness and itching. I would have expected problem at the labia if this is a laundry detergent or anti-static strip issue. At your age, the itching is more likely from allergy to something introduced into the vagina in the absence of a discharge- latex, semen etc. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to laundry detergent. I have a terrible rash and can't sleep. I get severe akathisia from antihistamines. What else can I take?

Allergic reaction to laundry detergent. I have a terrible rash and can't sleep. I get severe akathisia from antihistamines. What else can I take?

Detergent reaction: You can try OTC topical hydrocortisone 1% cream. Akathesia, although very rare, may occur with first generation antihistamines as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hopefully not the case with the newer less sedating as loratadine or desloratadine, as for your akathesia vs RLS, I believe you need to see an experienced neurologist for assessment, best wishes ...Read more

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My husband seems to be having an allergic reaction to something but we haven t changed soap laundry detergent etc he has small red bumps all over his face the inside crook of one elbow his genitals and a patch on each thigh he is taking Benadryl but doesn

My husband seems to be having an allergic reaction to something but we haven t changed soap laundry detergent etc he has small red bumps all over his face the inside crook of one elbow his genitals and a patch on each thigh he is taking Benadryl but doesn

Dermatitis: Sounds like dermatitis to me as well, and thinking of laundry or personal care products is smart. May have become allergic to things that he was not prior, or maybe something you are not thinking about. Be suspicious of any new medications as well. Consider using hypoallergenic soaps and a topical Hydrocortisone cream and if persists seek some help from a derm. ...Read more

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I have been having lots of clear discharge, itching constantly, hives and swollen. My mom says I'm sensitive. Could it be the laundry soap?

I have been having lots of clear discharge, itching constantly, hives and swollen. My mom says I'm sensitive. Could it be the laundry soap?

Hives: Allergic reactions, particularly to foods and medications, are another common cause of acute hives. Generally speaking, hives that occur as a result of eating certain foods almost always appear within a few minutes to a few hours of eating the food. Reactions to medications may occur after the first dose, or not until the medication has been taken for a week or two. See an allergist. ...Read more

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My daughter had a heat rash on back so put onsie on later gave her sweet potatoes now has hives laundry deter. Or sweet potatoes what do I do?

My daughter had a heat rash on back so put onsie on later gave her sweet potatoes now has hives laundry deter. Or sweet potatoes what do I do?

Rash: The heat rash may have made your childs skin more prone to getting hives. Was the onesie new and did you wash the onesie before putting it on? Was the detergent new.? The heat rash may have been the fore runner of the hives. Stop the sweet potatoes and once the rash clears you can challenge your child by reintroducing the sweet potatoes and see if she breaks out. New unwashed clothes may cause rash. ...Read more

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If the small red bumps that come and go are hives due to allergy could this be developed over time to a laundry soap. And how long will it last?

If the small red bumps that come and go are hives due to allergy could this be developed over time to a laundry soap. And how long will it last?

Unlikely: The mechanism for contact allergy or an irritant reaction to laundry soap is different from that causing the bumps. Have you consulted an allergist about this? ...Read more

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Suddenly have itchy hives all over my stomach. They go away when I take Zyrtec (cetirizine). Haven't changed diet or laundry or soap. Been a month or so?

Suddenly have itchy hives all over my stomach. They go away when I take Zyrtec (cetirizine). Haven't changed diet or laundry or soap. Been a month or so?

Hard to tell: When hives have been present for less than 6 weeks. We call it acute urticaria. When it exceeds 6 weeks, then it is called chronic. Since you have anal itching as well, consider consulting an allergist when the problem lasts >6 wks. Up to 40% of cases of chronic urticaria is considered to be from an autoimmune process. ...Read more

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Itching & hives for 3 wks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & synthroid. Cut out sunscreen, nuts, soy, tomatoes, vitamins, switched laundry det. No relief. Now what?

Itching & hives for 3 wks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & synthroid. Cut out sunscreen, nuts, soy, tomatoes, vitamins, switched laundry det. No relief. Now what?

Hives: Hives are an allergic reaction. There are many possible causes of hives-foods, medications, infections, inflammatory or autoimmune conditions. Did you start any new meds, supplements, foods, etc? Recent onset hives, if there is no apparent cause, are treated with antihistamines. Hives lasting > 6 weeks need a workup to look for causes. Please see your dermatologist right away for evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether you have hives or allergic reactions?

Histamine driven: Hives (or welts) are histamine driven reactions. These lesions come and go within hours and do not leave scales or marks. Hives can be a form of allergic reaction (ie to drugs or shellfish), but they can often be idiopathic (unknown trigger). Because we know this is a histamine driven problem, we treat with oral antihistamines, or oral steroids if severe and associate with wheezing. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives even if I'm are not allergic to any foods?

Why do I get hives even if I'm are not allergic to any foods?

Chronic Urticaria: Chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is the persistence of hives on most days of the week for a period of 6 weeks or longer. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients with this condition. Treatment involves daily doses of non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec (cetirizine). See Allergist for more details and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have hives but im not allergic to anything. How did I get it?

I have hives but im not allergic to anything. How did I get it?

Hive triggers: Hives can be a manifestation of allergies, viral infections (especially in children), bacterial infections such as strep, physical triggers like cold and heat. If hives persist beyond 6 weeks, then autoimmune trigger is possible and there continues be a large group of patients with "idiopathic" hives (cause unknown). ...Read more

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How can I preventmy hives from an allegic reaction from itching?

How can I preventmy hives from an allegic reaction from itching?

Antihistamines: Trials of antihistamines, usually starting with the non-sedating and low-sedating ones such as Allegra (fexofenadine) and zyrtec. There is a whole list of drugs that we work through. ...Read more

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I have had hives for several years now and no one can give me a diagnosis. What could it be? I'm not allergic to any foods

I have had hives for several years now and no one can give me a diagnosis. What could it be? I'm not allergic to any foods

Autoimmune Urticaria: About 50% of chronic hives are caused by autoimmune antibodies. No cure. But use high dose antihistamines to prevent hives. ...Read more