Possible chronic uritcaria - advice appreciated!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/7/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new on here. I found the site whilst researching the skin rash which has been plaguing me for the past few weeks.
Just to give you an idea of my situation, here goes.
I had an outbreak of a skin rash about 8 weeks ago during a flu virus. I awoke with the rash and during the day it became worse. The 'spots' started quite small and then grew larger before merging together and then disappearing by the following morning. They were itchy. I had a mild rash for the next couple of days, but basically it cleared up.
A week or so later I was prescribed penicillin for a sinus problem casued by the flu virus. A couple of days after taking the penicillin, I broke out in a similar rash which followed a similar pattern to the previous one, but took about 2 weeks to completely disappear.
Most recently, about three weeks ago, the rash broke out again and this time has persisted. The 'spots' are fairly small though and don't increase in size particularly. I usually wake up with clear skin, but after a couple of hours the rash begins to appear and is usually at it's worst by mid/late afternoon. By bedtime it is starting to fade.
My GP is investigating and said it could be an unusual type of urticaria possible the result of a viral infection, possibly the result of a penicillin allergy.
I am currently taking 180mg fexofenadine (one tab per day) but am about to switch to a double dose of 10mg citirizine (total 20mg per day).
I have had a particularly bad outbreak today with a nasty, blotchy red rash all over my face, neck, chest and arms.
I'm starting to feel quite down about the whole thing and would really appreciate any words of wisdom!

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   Posted 3/7/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
When I get sick with a virus, sometimes I will break out in a rash as well. One time I went into the doctor because I had a fever of 102 and as I was waiting, the minimal rash I had started spreading so I showed the doctor. She seemed a bit perplexed but decided that the rash was caused by this virus I had. My rash sort of looked like a heat rash but it was all over my torso and it burned like a sun burn. This has happened to me on a couple occasions. I can't take Benedryl because it makes my heart race but I did take an oatmeal bath which helped tremendously. You know since I started taking Citirizine myself, I noticed that when I get sick I don't get the rash anymore. So I'm hoping that this will help you and you get cleared up in no time. If the itching gets to be too much and if it is interferring with your sleep, don't hesitate to try some Benedryl if you haven't already done so.
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