The thing I have found most helpful with the stress-hives* is getting in the shower. When it feels like my skin is on fire, cool water is about the best thing I can do while I wait for the Benadryl to kick in.
So naturally today our water went out.**
2014 in general and October 2014 in particular really can just kiss my ass.
* Obviously I haven't been to a doctor about this most recent bout of hives, because I'm not seeing a doctor for anything short of potentially-cancerous masses at the moment, but have done the full allergy and immunology workup a couple of times in the past when this has been an issue and had that conclude in "most hives are unexplained, bodies are weird, you should try to reduce your stress levels" so I am pretty comfortable in calling it that.
** We have a well. This has happened before, and it was due to the well-pump needing a new motor or something along those lines. There's also a bladder-thingy that can go bad. I clearly don't understand this very well, which is somewhat intentional, because if I dwell too long on how we drink water from a hole in the ground in the backyard I will lose my damn mind. The only thing for it is to call the landlord, but currently I am ducking him because we have not paid the rent. I work an early shift tomorrow, after which I should have the rent to give him, and will report the well issue when I go to turn in the rent check, but last time the well pump died it took two days for the landlord to fix the water so this may be a challenge for...a little while. Guess I'll be going to Kroger and buying some gallons of water in the morning, with all that money I don't have :(