For those with Chronic Idopathic Uticaria--help!

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   Posted 4/15/2018 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My 14 year old has CIU and it has spread rapidly to her face and body in a horrible and worst flare up in 3 yrs. We put her on Xolair last month, which I am worried about in general and want her off.

She tested allergic to cats, and we have a cat. Two allergists said her condition is not from the cat at all. She has no symptoms of watery eyes, itching, nasal inflammation associated with cats. We have had a cat in the house since her birth and it was at 10 years old she had a hive issue---so really 10 years with no hives.

I cannot help but think it's the cat.....what do your doctors tell you about keeping an allergen around someone with hives?


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   Posted 4/16/2018 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you're daughter is experiencing hives. My husband recently went through 12 months of itching red hives.

If you want to test if the cat is the culprit, I would recommend that you stay in a place overnight (without the cat) or for a few nights to see if the cat is the culprit. My hubbie and I have both had allergy tests done. They were not very accurate for us.
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   Posted 4/20/2018 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Chronic hives can also be attributed to an autoimmune disorder or Mast Cell Activation Disorder. Have these been investigated?

I have tested positive to cats and horses, but symptoms are sneezing, itchy eyes, etc. My bouts of chronic hives (all over my body) last up to six months. Antihistamines help and a low histamine diet help, but my allergist thinks they are autoimmune. I also have Mast Cell issues with medications and insect bites. Those can trigger hives, but those just last for a day or so.

Post Edited (cyclinglady) : 4/19/2018 11:13:22 PM (GMT-6)

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