Urticaria episodes

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realstar
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   Posted 3/1/2012 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there

I have bouts of very painful, burning and disorientating physical urticaria. It's worst with my skins reaction to changes in tempreature and it's all I can do not to not moan/scream with the agony I'm in. 90% of the time when it happens it's outside.

I also get acute urticaria on my hands which tends to be triggered by material. Detergents and soaps can also trigger an episode.

Dermatographis is something I get but find it relatively easy to control as long as I remember to not to scratch certain areas of my skin.

I have been prescribed several different anti-histimenes and take different ones depending on what type of attack I'm having and what time of day it is (as some are sedating).

The frustating thing is that sometimes my skin is fine with the very things that at times it can't bear. So often I am caught out and this can be awful and quite frightening

thanks alot for reading

realstar

Tayles
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   Posted 3/2/2012 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Realstar,

My hives are very different from your, so I unfortuanetly don't have much advice for you. I just wanted to reply so that you know you aren't alone and maybe the little advice I do have might help.

Mine are food/stress/environmental so they are very hard to control entirely, but luckily as long as I monitor my diet I am able to keep the attacks under control when I do have them with a Benedryl or Zyrtec.

I did find that mine are stress related as well. As soon as I see a few coming I would panic thinking that I would soon be covered. The funny thing is, had I stayed calm, I probably would have ended up with 15 managable hives, but due to my freaking out I will be covered. I've just started doing yoga and breathing excercises when this starts, and that helped me a lot in making them manageable.

I've switched all my soaps and detergents to sulphite free and that has seemed to help as well. I do have a few materials that set them off, but I haven't found anyway to help that other than to not wear wool :).

I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but if you have any questions about any other changes I've made to my life to help my hives, I would be happy to tell you. I hope someone out there has better advice than what I can give.

realstar
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   Posted 3/2/2012 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tayles
 
Thanks for sharing what you did. It was really helpfull and like you said just knowing that someone else has been there gives alot of comfort. 
 
I use Aqueous cream instead of soap and take Loratadine, Promethazine and Chlorphenamine to deal with an attack. Like you have done I should look at my diet and try to do more to help myself that way.
 
I think also my allergy reaction can be stressed related. When I have the tempreture skin reaction whilst I do genuinely feel terrible I am also panicing. My last one was a bout two weeks ago. I was on my way to meet a friend, about a 20 minute walk but I had to keep stopping and sit down to try to subtly sooth my very hot and burning skin. But also I had to stop just to try and calm myself down. It was so bad I just wanted to approach a passerby and say 'please help me, my skins on fire and I need water on it now'.
 
 I think because I know it wouldn't be socially acceptable to stop someone and ask for help that that also makes me panic. In the end I managed to find a chemist, burst into tears and explain what I needed. I was ok after about 20 mins. I felt so stupid for leaving the house and forgetting to take my tabs with me. Now their by my front door keys so I never forget.
 
Anyway sorry to go on. Thanks for being there.
 
realstar

couchtater
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   Posted 3/2/2012 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Realstar, Have you been checked for autoimmune disease?
Have you had your ANA level checked?

I have lupus and my skin is terribly reactive at times. Sunlight and florescent lighting causes extreme itching and rashes. Stress and temperture changes causes a reaction too. I have dermographism too.
Joy

realstar
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   Posted 3/5/2012 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your post joy

baiber
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   Posted 3/7/2012 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have lupus and my skin is terribly reactive at times. Sunlight and florescent lighting causes extreme itching and rashes.VIEW IMAGE

couchtater
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   Posted 3/7/2012 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Your link goes to Amazon, baiber. Oops!
Joy

realstar
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   Posted 3/11/2012 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing baiber.

I hope the itching you experience can be soothed by something as I know how agonising and distressing this can be.

warm wishes
realstar
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