Posted 2/7/2006 2:55 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Cass

I have had Chronic Urticaria for the past 8-9 years, (am now 33),but it was only diagnosed about 2 years ago! I have pressue urti also, which like you, my feet will swell in hot weather, and in cold weather if I have been walking for long periods of time, but mainly in the hot weather. My hands used to swell up double the size also, and I used to be off work nearly every week!!! At one point my Dad thought I had gout! I can even get urti after I have a bath if the water has been too hot and I have felt cold!

Anyway, as I said, my CU was diagnosed and after producing some pretty awful photos to my skin specialist, did in my opinion, he start to take my condition seriously. I have had blood tests and they have been fine, then they put me on a food allergy test. I was taking a different tablet every day for 2 weeks, and I didnt know what this pill contained. I also had to keep a record of when I flared up etc and after what pill. In the end it turnd out that I am allergic to colourings. E104, E127 and E211. Now that I am alliminating these colourings from my diet, my urti seems to be okay. I still flare up at the "time of the month", and when i am stressed or upset, as I suppose its my body temperature changing etc, as at the end of the day, its a histamine release making the blood come to the surface of the skin..as my blood cells arent fighting like they should.....I do get it on my face sometimes at work, which is embarrasing, no matter what anyone says.....I just have to keep a make up cover up stick in my drawer and apply it when I can feel it........people must think I am vain always looking in my mirror! With the feet flare up, I also get it on my legs, and I put Aloe Vera gel on it to sooth the itching as its nice and cool. I see my skin specialist every three months now.....I am allergic to nearly all the anti histamines which have been prescribed to me, and I am now on Singulair which is for asthma sufferers, as I think there is a link between Urti and asthma. Anyway, they seem to be doing the trick, well at least Im not allergic to them! I still had a little flare up last week though, so I dont think it will ever go away, but at least its not as bad as it was. Keep a record of when you flare up but if you have pressure urti, you may want to monitor it and then see your doctor, and asked to be referred to a skin specialist. I hope I have helped a little......keep me posted.oh yeah, and if you can get someone to take photos when you flare up, so the skin specialist can see how it is.
Cheers
Toni

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