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.

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  1. lori t.

    I have been suffering w/ chronic hives for over 5 years now. I find it hard to believe that just high doses of vit. c can really cure this, but ANYTHING is worth a try! What doses are you recommending? Does anyone else have any suggestions? I have an allergist appt. in 2 days to do some traditional testing for foods, but my guess is that it’s more than just food.
    I’ve been to 2 integrative medicine doctors, but the blood tests they ordered showed 2 completely different lists of foods/additives I am supposedly sensitive to. My allergist said these blood tests (ALCAT; LEAP) have not been proven to be accurate. Are there any doctors who have a better handle on seeking out the causes of chronic hives?
    I’ve also been dx. with eosinophilic esophagitis which apparently is an issue here too. I’m losing hope. Is there any help out there?

  2. BC

    I started having hives 5 weeks ago after eating Apricot. Actual cause unknown but I don’t rule out Apricot because it was not a common fruit I used to eat.
    Every morning I would have a new batch of hives at different part of the body, mostly on the limbs. They would disappear in the afternoon and start to pop out in the late evening.
    I was referred to National Skin Centre. Doc put me on steroid at first – 3 times per day for 3 days, 2 times per day for 3 days and 1 time per day for 3 days, together with Antihistamine 1 in the morning and 1 for night.
    After reading about Vitamin C, I started taking 1000mg every day. My hives has stopped since then.
    I am currently still on antihistamine, was advised to continue 2 times per day for 2 weeks, then to monitor and observe, if hives never appear, I can cut down slowly to 1 time per day for 2 weeks, and if still not sight of hives, to cut down to 1 time on alternate days. I am still trying out the method. So far it works….Thanks God!!
    It seems to works.

  3. BM

    So, what did you take for pneumonia? May be it is a combination of drugs that helped you?

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