For the last 3 1/2 weeks, I have
had severe hives covering my entire body. They clear up but after a few days off steroids and antihistamines they come back with a vengenance. I’ve seen allergist but initial tests were inconclusive except to exclude alphagal. I go back to the allergist on Monday for further tested for the last 2 weeks I’ve cut out all dairy eggs nuts beef pork. Not using any new products and all products are free of harsh chemicals and made for sensitive skin. This has never happened before. The hives are so widespread and painful that my quality of life is horrible. Also, I had a few incidents of labored breathing and coughing at its worst. The second day I have the hives i wake up with swollen eyes/lips. The doctor has me taking 2 Zyrtec 1 Pepcid 60 mg prednisone in morning, 2 Zyrtec 1 Pepcid 2 Benadryl at night and Benadryl every 3 hrs when hives are present. I take only cold showers, prepare my own bland spice free food. I am desperate to find the cause and find relief. I know stress and anxiety make them worse but when I see them coming back and start to take over my body, I panic. I am in a client facing role and I can’t go pitch to a c-suite itching with spots all over my face or slow speech/reactions from antihistamines and shaking from steroids. What tests should I have my doctor run? Would a GIMAP be helpful? Are there other medications/solutions that I can try to manage the hives? Should I see a dietician? I really feel like it’s ruining my life which sounds dramatic but I’ve missed 3 important meetings, unable to celebrate or go out to eat on my anniversary with my husband and my nightly ritual of a soothing bath has turned into an ice cold 5 minute shower. I’ve lost all comfort and when on the antihistamines and steroids, I feel contradictory sensations, shakey but slow, aggitated but sleepy, lack of energy but unable to sleep through the night. I’m constantly exhausted, crying frequently and feeling like life is passing me by while I can only do basic daily functions. I have always been an active, high-achieving, optimistic person. This experience makes me feel like some relic of that person. I will take ANY and ALL suggestions. I’ve made a chronological timeline with food diary, medication intake, and pictures of reactions as they progressed. Can anyone help me? Sincerely with gratitude,
I have had what we now know is chronic idiopathic urticaria for 19 months. Every time it seems to be under control and I wean off a couple of my meds, it comes back. I currently take the following daily: 2 Zyrtec, 1 Allegra, 2 Ranitidine (Zantac), and 50 to 75 mg of Atarax depending on degree of itch. I haven’t gotten past weaning off below 4 pills a day before it comes back. I just started...