Posted 8/29/2014 6:00 PM (GMT -7)
Hi I am a 48 year old female in Denver and in January of this year I had my immune system checked because I was getting Cold sores every week and my blood test came back positive for C-Reactive Protein. No one new why - not my regular doc or my Allergist / Immunologist. Than I was in a car accident in June and they put me on Naproxen two days later full blown hives all over my body from my shoulders to my ankles. Anyway I ended up at an urgent care clinic and they gave me prednisone and hydrothyzine (sp). The prednisone was only for 5 days so low and behold they came back. Fast forward many prescriptions of prednisone always with a hard stop w/ no tappering (dumb) and finally got into to my Allergist and not a PA and he took one look at me - he said "you need a shot". That day I got a 150mg of Xolair it was amazing (sample he had) he also did a bunch of blood tests - all the hives gone by the next day - but I also stopped all my meds: prednisone, xyrtec, allegra, hydrothyzine, domixpin, xantac, singular etc... and by the 3rd day hives came back. two weeks later I got approved for Xolair 300mg every 4 weeks. Dr. said i could come back and get one more sample of 150mg and I did pretty much same result. Now fast forward to this week which is 2 weeks later and I got my 300mg shot and I am still on 20mg prednisone, 1 allegra morning, xantac 2x a day, xylar at bedtime. Anyway all my hives are gone except for my hands and feet. I can only make them go away with more prednisone.
Is anyone else on Xolair and how long does it take to work to eliminate all hives??
Thanks so much - this is better than wanting to jump off a bridge :)