Chronic Urticaria - 8 years, ongoing

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   Posted 1/29/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had this condition for over 8 years with no change to symptoms or triggers.

Have been treating it with Reactine (cetirizine) 10mg, dosed every 48 hours. It works very well at ridding of all symptoms.

Generally the itch is full body and causes skin to heat up and welts and hives break out.
It could start at random times, but some triggers cause it to break out most violently. It wakes me up from sleep and causes mental distress when the itch gets unbearable.

Triggers while un-medicated:

Spicy food: Welts and hives break out violently, usually on the back and arms.

Beer/Wine: causes itch, not many hives.

Clothing (thick and polyester based): Welts and hives break out violently, usually where the clothing has contact.

Visited a allergist and was "allergic" to everything on the list.
Welts broke out almost instantly upon allergy test application and skin contact test (dermographia).
Allergist advised there is no cure and had no idea why I have this condition in the first place. Said to "live with it and stay on the medication"

Does anyone have any suggestions on what the cause could be or how it could be treated to rid of it?

I'm in my 20's, I eat well and live well generally, Have the blood pressure of an athlete and "perfect" BMI.

Post Edited (prisoneroftime) : 1/29/2010 8:23:17 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/29/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you not a candidate for allergy shots due to your severe reactions? I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this. I can only imagine what it must be like to have this 24/7! :( Did you get a chance to look over our posts here and read about what others are going thru with their CU?
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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am interested in finding the root cause of this issue as it seems to me it could be related to an underlying health condition that is unsymptomatic but irritates the immune system, causing it to be on alert mode at all times. Are there any known professionals that can diagnose or treat chronic urticaria?
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