Wow I am so glad I've come across this forum and finally have people that can relate to this awful problem! My first episode was about 14 years ago and it's flared up again about 6 months ago. After months of begging to see a specialist my doctor finally referred me and I saw an immunologist yesterday; he's determined I have auto immune chronic urticaria. I've been taking prednisone for the last 6 months along with antihistamines but have found little relief. My doc yesterday prescribed Zantac along with Zyrtec and prednisone and it was so nice to wake up rash free for once! I've found though today after eating lunch that my hives cane back - but only on my face / neck areas...wondering if that's to do with the Zantac regulating acid in the trunk area? All my blood tests and biopsys have come back clear for common allergens and my immunologist feels my issues are not allergy related, but an auto immune response.
I tried doxepin for a week but hated the side effects and found although the rash wasn't as itchy it was still present.
My face is still a mess which is awful! Hoping it goes down again soon!
I'm wondering what everyone's experience has been with changing diet? I'm thinking of avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar and adopting more of a paleo type diet in hopes that avoiding foods that are considered to cause inflammation might help? I don't have any known intolerances for gluten or dairy but I guess like all of us, I just want to do whatever it takes to get relief!!
yes, yes, yes, please try making some diet changes - all my "itchies" disappeared when I gave up all grains - not saying it will help you, but it's worth it to find out -
and for cripes sake, GET OFF THE PRED - that stuff is just plain EVIL !
good luck 81
dx'd with pancolitis 12/21/03
in submission - 2 + years no meds
current supplements:probiotics, vit D, cal/mag, Psyllium Seed powder/Heather's Acacia fiber/ L-Glutamine/Hemp powder slurry 2x/week- no gluten, rice, corn, or soy & limited sugar - just good, healthy food, lots of all natural well water, exercise, sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with