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What can I do about chronic urticaria?

By June 16, 2017 - 8:23am
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I have MS and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I have experienced 6 mos of hives in the past after taking antibiotics. That was ten years ago. November of 2016 I began having hives again. I also take serotonin meds which I have heard may play a role in chronic urticaria. I know the two auto immune diseases are related to the hives. Other than applying Arian oil, which stops them from itching (because its anti inflammatory). I have also used topical cortico-steroids occasionally. About every two weeks I am needing a course of prednisone, which I don't want to continue, for obvious reasons.

I went to an allergist and he just switched me from Claritin to Zyrtec. This did not help. I looked it up and saw that taking up to four times the usual dose of Zyrtec is recommended for chronic urticaria. The article also recommended Singulair which I am now taking. Still with the hives! Any recommendations?

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Hello Kanchan,

Welcome again to EmpowHER.

Hives, also known as urticaria, affects about 20 percent of people at some time during their lives. It can be triggered by many substances or situations and usually starts as an itchy patch of skin that turns into swollen red welts. The itching may be mild to severe. Scratching, alcoholic beverages, exercise and emotional stress may worsen the itching.

Consider speaking with the allergist and report that Zyrtec is not relieving the symptoms. If Singulair is helping, ask if you continue taking it.

Hope you get relief,

June 16, 2017 - 9:44am
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