So, breaking out in hives several times a week for several months now has not been fun. Let me rephrase that. It's been hell. I finally gave in and made an appointment with an allergist, which was both helpful and not.
The allergist, who was very nice, and her nurse, who was just as nice, both kindly explained to me that I was there to answer a bunch of questions and have some (as in ten tubes full) blood work, and, in the end, they may never find out why I am breaking out in hives and that I will still need my antihistamines.
I guess I should know by now that medicine is not the cure all that everyone thinks it should be. But I have to admit that I hope that after ten tubes of blood testing for everything from kidney disease to lupus to thyroid dysfunction to allergies to everything from nuts to latex to plums and everything in between, that they would find something. So far, all they've found is that I'm deficient in Vitamin D. I could have told you that... no milk + no sun = Vitamin D deficiency. Duh. Somehow, I don't think that Vitamin D deficiency --> hives.... unless I slept through that lecture in medical school (which is a good possibility).
Oh well, until the day I can be off of Atarax or Benadryl, I will take my Vitamin D supplements.