Well now I'm on Doxepin at night and Zyrtec in the morning. The Doxepin seems to be helping but just today I got new hives on my arms. I think it's work related but it makes me wonder will I ever be fully rid of the urticaria.
Has anyone had good results using Doxepin?
I have been suffering with a chronic case of hives for 5 years. I have been to 5 doctors and no one can figure out what causes my hives. I am now at a dermatologist/internist one of the top doctors in the nation and he can not even cure my hives. I am on so many medications (cyclosporine, cyproheptadine,ranitidine, allegra d and hydroxidine). I am tired of being on all these medicines so I am now trying this chem free technique. You buy new clothes, bedding and towels from stores that have not prewashed their items in laundry detergent (victoria secret and wild oats). Wash these clothes in baking soda only for 8 weeks. Let your clothes air dry instead of putting them in the dryer. This is suppose to break down your immune system and get rid of the hives. I have tried this for a week and so far it is working. Right now I am not taking cyclosporine and taking my meds only once a day instead of twice. I have a few hives on my face, but they are tolerable. I am also not exercising right now b/c I know I will flare up from the heat. If anyone has any good ideas that have worked for them let me know. Thanks.
Hi to all,
I suffered form dermographism for 5 years which I believe is also urticaria, just a little worse. I could write several pages of things I did to my skin to cure what I thought I had. Tea tree oil all over for days, bleach baths, vitimans, herbs, epsom salt baths, etc..... Here is some of my symptoms - skin that itch so bad I could not think of anything else, hive right after itching, burning ears, tingling in my lips, feet that would burn and felt painful at times when walking and few I bet I forgot about. Here was my culprit, (aluminum) !!!!!! At the age of 32 I became intolerant to it. I, who does not even have a allergic reaction to poison ivy became allergic to aluminum. Where is aluminum? (Antiperspirant/deodorant) main culprit, then some antacids, aluminum cans, cook ware ....... Looking back I see what happened, I was lifting wieghts, going to the tanning beds and working in one of the hottest summers, I was showering 2 times a day and applying antiperspirant more like three times a day. So I guess I absorbed more than my body could tolerate. I still am amazed that my arm pits never itched but my feet would always be the first to start to itch if I did not take my antihistame, probalby because of walking friction on the skin. Here was my cure I used aloe vera for deodorant for several weeks, I believe three weeks and then I quit taking my antihistamines, I remember being nervous, what happens if this is the cure and my nervous anticipation causes me to itch and my experiment fails. Well I felt slightly itchy and I pressed on with no antihistamines and 2 years later I am doing great, I definetly had sensitive skin several inches below my armpit but that has almost totally subsided. I have been using Old Spice deoderant with out ANTIPERSPIRANT with no ill effects. When looking at deoderants look for active ingredents and steer clear of aluminum. Also, I was taking Milk Thistle the three weeks I was using Aloe for deoderant, I dont think that helped but I dont want to leave any of the process out. After having affliction as that, I hope I can help others.
Post Edited (Dangerdav) : 3/21/2006 7:55:27 AM (GMT-7)
It is nice to talk to people who have this condition. I recently went on holiday and felt like a freak. People stared at me and I wanted to wear a sign saying 'not infectious'. I started with my urticaria about 18 months ago and it is getting progressively worse as the days go by. It started as hives which appeared on my legs sparingly. I am now at the stage where my whole body is covered in almsot continuously red raised hives. The only parts of my body which are clear are the extremities - face and neck, hands, feet and privates. I still consider myself lucky that my face is not affected although the condition is getting me very down. I am seeing a skin specialist at the moment and he prescribed prednisolone at 30mg a day decreasing over seven weeks to zero (antihistamines do not work for me) which virtually cured the problem at first. Unfortunately there are side effects to this medicine (prone to infections etc) as it shuts down your immune system so it is not usual to stay on it long. As I came off it my skin became worse and worse and I am now back to square one. I am having patch tests at the moment but I am not confident they will indicate the problem. My specialist says that even if they do not, at least he has more drugs he will know he can work with. I used to be quite active and swam or ran regularly. Unfortunately I can not do any exercise now as the heat or chemicals in the water make things much, much worse. I have (probably like everyone else) tried to work out what I did differently when it started that may have been a trigger for this condition. I have tried then to change things that may have been the cause. To no avail. darned if I can work it out and it is so frustrating. Stress and pressure of sleeping on a certain side make things worse for me. It is difficult to avoid either of these. In my house is pet rabbit which was introduced about four months before my urticaria started. I know I am allergic to cats and I wonder if the rabbit may be the cause. Unfortunately my son would rather put me in a hutch in the garden so I will wait for the results of the patch tests before upsetting him. I use a basic aqueous cream to try and stop the skin becomming so itchy but it seems also to make the skin sore and more raised. I also have steriod creams which do not seem to do anything more beneficial than the basic cream. Does anyone have anything they can possibly help me with regarding the following questions?
Has anyone linked this condition to pet allergy?
Does anyone take aspirin or any medications (I do) and found this to be a trigger?
Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep fit and avoid inflaming the urticari?
Can anyone recommend a cream that soothes rather than inflaming the rash?
Has anyone else had skin patch teset, and were they indicative of any problems?
What is the urticaria diet (I am thinking of fasting for a week to see if it is food related)?
I will keep you all posted regarding my skin tests. I hipe one day we can all feel normal again.