Q. I suffered from chronic hives for years without much help from the allergist or the dermatologist. The medicines they prescribed did little to relieve my symptoms and left me in a fog. I was becoming a hermit.
Following a bout of pneumonia, I started taking Vitamin C (1000 mg twice a day) to build my immune system. I noticed that my hives were greatly reduced as well. I now take 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day and am practically hive free!
A. There’s not much recent research on the effectiveness of vitamin C for allergic symptoms such as hives. Back in 1982 scientists tested vitamin C and found it did not protect subjects from experimentally induced hives (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, June, 1982).
Your improvement might have been coincidental, but others may wish to give it a try since vitamin C is relatively benign.