How is everyone doing ? It has been rather slow on this subject. I guess everyone is just enduring.
I have been graphing my daily life with Urticaria. (1) being great days and (5) horrible (ie: take some Prednisone) Today I am covered head to toe again and at about a 4 level(pain and itching) I just took two 180mg Allegra and it has calmed the wheals down some what.
I am adding a new drug to my mix of Allegra,Singulair and Tagamet. It is Zysal (sp) The graphing I am doing gives me the ability to see if any new drugs are helping. I know it takes time for them to work. Using this method I have stopped taking Claratin and Colchicine as they are not helping.
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No down slash on my keyboard so can'tdraw it well. The days are on the bottom and pain/rash conditions are on the left side. This works well for me as I am into plotting which drugs,foods,etc effect my condition. It is easier for me when I write it down this way. It makes it very clear what happens when you take a couple of small dosages of Prdnisone and the rebound effect about 3-4 days later !
Hopefully I can find the right antihistimine /dosage combo that works for me. I am not there yet.
They have not done a biopsy on my wheals (lumps) but a ton of blood tests.(all normal) The last testing went to the Mayo clinic. That is suppose to determine if this is an autoimmune disease in my case. If so then it is a problem with my own immune system and there is an unlikely external cause (food,mites,etc) In any case if you can't find an external trigger that is causing this then you can only treat the symptoms until/if it decides to leave. I am curently taking 2-180mg Allegra,2-Tagamet,1-Singulair,1-10mg Atarax,1-10mg Claritin (sp). Each of these drugs I am taking daily. I will most likely up the dosage as this is not helping too much.
I strongly advise you to take a look at the International Chronic Urticaria Society (ICUS) website. You will find out everything you want to know about this stuff (all the treatmets,blood tests,drugs,etc.) There is a very active daily forum there also. Believe me your are not the only one suffering from this. I am one of the few males who has this as it is primarily a womens disease.
After visiting the ICUS website , I presented my doctor with a 1/2 inch stack of papers listing studies,drugs,test cases,etc about Urticaria that I pulled from that website. I wanted to make sure he was giving me the proper treatment. He was.
Hope this helps
understand all that ! ICUS is a great site with actually more info then I can glean from my doctor and most importantly other people who suffer from this and how they cope.