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I started medifast in April and had hives ever since. I have had hives 3 to 5 times a week. Been to my doctor and referred to an allergist who found nothing. Went to Vegas so I took a 3 week break No hives. I still did not put it together until I started back up on my medifast on Monday and got hives again. I have to stop now. I have NEVER been allergic to anything in my life and for some reason this food gives me gives..

Comments (46)

Were you checked for an allergy to soy?.

Comment #1

Sorry about the hives. I have them from HOT WATER! I just take a Zyrtec and it's all good. Hives wont kill you, there just irritating. Cant you just take an antihistimine????.

Comment #2

The problem is, sometimes when one continues to expose themselves to something that causes an allergic reaction they may develop an worse reaction in the future. No way would I continue to eat something that gave me hives. You are taking a gamble with each new exposure and the next reaction could be life threatening..

Comment #3

I have had hive break outs several times and they suck! So sorry to hear that the Medifast is not working for you. Good luck finding something that does! Best wishes on your future weight loss journies..

Comment #4

I'm so sorry you can't continue on MF! What a bummer! I wonder what it is that's causing the hives.....

Comment #5

That stinks! Like someone above said...get checked if you are allergic to soy. Medifast does have non-soy products that you could use!.

Comment #6

Yeah I find myself breaking out too, like I get all itchy like I am now and well I am used to it! LOL. I just rub some itching meds on and it goes away!.

Comment #7

Oh yes! Hives can KILL you!! I am a sufferer of hives and they can cause Anaphylaxis! This is very dangerous!! Zyrtec did not help. I was put on very high doses of Prednisone. Read this and you will see how dangerous hives are. Believe me, I know, I ALMOST DIED!!!!.

Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic response that is marked by swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure, and dilated blood vessels. In severe cases, a person will go into shock. If anaphylactic shock isn't treated immediately, it can be fatal..

This condition occurs when the immune system creates specific disease-fighting antibodies (called immunoglobulin E or IgE) toward a substance that is normally harmless, such as food. When you are first exposed to the substance, your body does not react, but it does produce the antibodies. When you are exposed to the substance again, the antibodies spring into action, releasing large amounts of a protein called histamine. Histamine causes the symptoms described above..

Http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/anaphylaxis.

Comment #8

She may be able to use the non soy items. The new soft serve is whey based and fruit punches and teas, I believe are whey based..

Comment #9

Did they test for soy? Many people are allerigic to soy..

Comment #10

According to my TSFL coach, the eggs, hot drinks, cold drinks and antioxidant shakes are also not soy based..

Comment #11

I feel your pain. I also wouldn't recommend continuing to endure the hives because each exposure can make the outbreak worst than the last.

I also suffered from acute hives when I was under stress and had to take medication.

Here is a list of common food trigger ingredients that cause hives. Foods and food additives: wheat, cow's milk, peanuts, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, yeast, tomatoes; salicylates, tartrazine, benzoate, sulfites..

Some research has suggested that there are dietary ways to prevent hives. Vitamin C, yogurt and garlic are three ingredients that may provide some degree of prevention..

Good luck!.

Comment #12

After 4 days on MF, I had hives from head to toe; it took 5 days off Medifast to get over it. I now eat only the soy-free Medifast meals. Anytime I have 1 soy meal, I break out again! I have never reacted to soy before, and I can still eat edamame (soy) beans, but the high levels of concentrated soy in Medifast is the problem..

There is a list of Medifast foods containing known allergens here online (I downloaded it), but I can tell you that the Medifast meals with no soy include.

Antioxidant shakes.

Soft serve.

Hot/Cold drinks.

Cream Soups (2 of them have soy sauce, but have caused me no problems).

BEST WISHES - - It CAN be done without HIVES!.

Comment #13

Take some benadryl!.

Comment #14

Did any one ask if it was the whey. My wife has problems with whey ,but not cassin.

Comment #15

I didn't need to do the allergy testing since leaving off the soy solved the problem... Also, Benadryl did very little to get rid of my hives, and I took quite a bit of it!.

Comment #16

Sorry about the hives. I have them from HOT WATER! I just take a Zyrtec and it's all good. Hives wont kill you, there just irritating. Cant you just take an antihistimine????..

Comment #17

The problem is, sometimes when one continues to expose themselves to something that causes an allergic reaction they may develop an worse reaction in the future. No way would I continue to eat something that gave me hives. You are taking a gamble with each new exposure and the next reaction could be life threatening...

Comment #18

I have had hive break outs several times and they suck! So sorry to hear that the Medifast is not working for you. Good luck finding something that does! Best wishes on your future weight loss journies...

Comment #19

I'm so sorry you can't continue on MF! What a bummer! I wonder what it is that's causing the hives......

Comment #20

That stinks! Like someone above said...get checked if you are allergic to soy. Medifast does have non-soy products that you could use!..

Comment #21

Yeah I find myself breaking out too, like I get all itchy like I am now and well I am used to it! LOL. I just rub some itching meds on and it goes away!..

Comment #22

Oh yes! Hives can KILL you!! I am a sufferer of hives and they can cause Anaphylaxis! This is very dangerous!! Zyrtec did not help. I was put on very high doses of Prednisone. Read this and you will see how dangerous hives are. Believe me, I know, I ALMOST DIED!!!!.

Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic response that is marked by swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure, and dilated blood vessels. In severe cases, a person will go into shock. If anaphylactic shock isn't treated immediately, it can be fatal..

This condition occurs when the immune system creates specific disease-fighting antibodies (called immunoglobulin E or IgE) toward a substance that is normally harmless, such as food. When you are first exposed to the substance, your body does not react, but it does produce the antibodies. When you are exposed to the substance again, the antibodies spring into action, releasing large amounts of a protein called histamine. Histamine causes the symptoms described above..

Http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/anaphylaxis..

Comment #23

She may be able to use the non soy items. The new soft serve is whey based and fruit punches and teas, I believe are whey based...

Comment #24

Did they test for soy? Many people are allerigic to soy...

Comment #25

According to my TSFL coach, the eggs, hot drinks, cold drinks and antioxidant shakes are also not soy based...

Comment #26

I feel your pain. I also wouldn't recommend continuing to endure the hives because each exposure can make the outbreak worst than the last.

I also suffered from acute hives when I was under stress and had to take medication.

Here is a list of common food trigger ingredients that cause hives. Foods and food additives: wheat, cow's milk, peanuts, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, yeast, tomatoes; salicylates, tartrazine, benzoate, sulfites..

Some research has suggested that there are dietary ways to prevent hives. Vitamin C, yogurt and garlic are three ingredients that may provide some degree of prevention..

Good luck!..

Comment #27

After 4 days on MF, I had hives from head to toe; it took 5 days off Medifast to get over it. I now eat only the soy-free Medifast meals. Anytime I have 1 soy meal, I break out again! I have never reacted to soy before, and I can still eat edamame (soy) beans, but the high levels of concentrated soy in Medifast is the problem..

There is a list of Medifast foods containing known allergens here online (I downloaded it), but I can tell you that the Medifast meals with no soy include.

Antioxidant shakes.

Soft serve.

Hot/Cold drinks.

Cream Soups (2 of them have soy sauce, but have caused me no problems).

BEST WISHES - - It CAN be done without HIVES!..

Comment #28

Did any one ask if it was the whey. My wife has problems with whey ,but not cassin..

Comment #29

I didn't need to do the allergy testing since leaving off the soy solved the problem... Also, Benadryl did very little to get rid of my hives, and I took quite a bit of it!..

Comment #30


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