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    I've spent the last two weeks scratching myself til i bleed coz i just can't not itch! The doc told me over the phone( getting an actual appt these days is nearly impossible) that it sounds like Urticuria but she hasn't even seen me and when I've read posts like these it mentions big red weals...is this always the case as i have no rash other than what I've caused by constant scratching?

    I have had two periods of chronic urticaria in my life - with occasional swelling eyes and lips as well. The first time was for two years around the time my periods started and the second for four years around the time they ended. So I'm pretty certain that hormone changes were the trigger both times. My early teen experience was awful, because it took ages to be diagnosed properly - I was sent for allergy tests (nothing positive) and finally given anti-histamines that knocked off the symptoms. My recent experience was much better. I knew what it was and got myself a well-known brand of allergy tablet with Acrivastine over the counter. Over time and by experimenting, I discovered that the crucial thing is when you take the tablets. In my case, the problem comes in waves. For the tablets to work, I had to work out my urticaria cycle and make sure that I took one of my three tablets a day around half an hour to an hour before the next round of weals were due. After a day or two, the weals would stop forming altogether, providing I kept taking the anti-histamines. This approach would work for days or weeks, until the cycle shifted, then I'd have to alter my tablet taking again. Once things were steady for a few weeks, I could gradually cut down on the number of anti-histamines. This time, for the last year, I only needed one a day - providing it was at the right time. I would occasionally just test out whether there was still a problem, until one day there wasn't. So my advice - see if you can work out any patterns.





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    Hi there, I've had urticaria on and off for most of my life and the only thing that consistently works for me is cold water. Drugs just don't help in any long term way and they all seem to have side effects. If I start getting the itching and weals (particularly for me when I come into a warm environment after being outside in the cold)I just grit my teeth and go into the shower and let cold water run over the itchy bits. This is very hard to do in winter but it works every time for me. Just keep the water running until it stops itching. Hope it works for you too!

    In answer to Lucy yes There are always weals mostly itchy but sometimes throbbing and achy they are not like scratch marks and they move around your body like gathering storm clouds starting off as small dots with nowhere to go then homing in on a knee if you've knelt down or the Palm of your hands say if you've held a shopping bag or tried to Hoover. Yours might be an allergy or exomma something like that good luck with your diagnosis they had mine down as guoat a DVT and a heart condition before just by chance a different doctor in the practice overheard about me and asked my doctor if she could see me thinking she knew what it might be. Happy days but she still hasn't fixed me hope you find better news let me know how you get on





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    I have a particular kind of urticaria called dermatographic urticaria which occurs when I scratch, rub or knock my skin. It comes up in the classic weals of urticaria but vanishes after about 1/2 an hour. It can be rather embarrassing at times especially because I have chronic itching problems so that I often have people asking what I've done to myself. I'm constantly explaining that it's a problem with delicate mast cells in my skin that, when scratched, break down releasing histamine into my skin. This often leads to me demonstrating by writing words or drawing pictures on my arms. Great party trick. The next question is usually, "doesn't it hurt?" The answer to that is no. It gets slightly warm and itchy but not painful. From what I'm led to believe, it's a fairly common problem





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    Hi all who suffer with this dreadful, uncomfortable, depressing skin condition!! I have suffered with chronic urticaria for 9 months now and these have been the most irritating, depressive 8 months of my life. Every time I have something to eat I wait for the moment to break out in Weals!! I've tried cutting certain things out of my diet, I've tried to forget about the itch but its impossible!! My doctor has prescribed me with fexfenodine, monteleucast and ranatadine and piriton!! I take one of them 3 times a day plus I keep popping piriton and still nothing works!! I want to go back to work, but I feel embarrassed to even socialise with my skin being this dry, red and patchy and because I'm itching like a dog all day long!! This is ruining my life. I hope one day they do more research into this condition and one day find a cure :-(....hope you are all ok. X





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    Hiya, I have suffered from chronic urticaria since I was 9 years old , I'm now 25. My condition comes in cycles, I go through a few years where I have none then I have it everyday for 1.5- 3 years. I am prescribed to take 8 anti-histamines per day, and when my allergies are 'playing up' they don't work, the only thing I have ever had that's worked is cimetidine tablets which I was prescribed by my dermotologist. They aren't licensed for urticaria however my dermo dept find they work and for me they have almost 85% of the time, prior to my seeing my dermo dept for a prescription I had to have 9 prescripts of steroids from my Dr due to waiting times and my unbearable condition. I also found a low prescription of anti anxiety meds works to make me feel better. Urticaria does leave you feeling depressed and anxious every time you eat and it only makes the condition worse! Hopefully you'll be feeling better soon, it does get better!xx

    Hi, I've suffered from what I thought was prickly heat for 33 years...afer reading about PLE, I now realise this could be what I have. Mine seems to come up only when I am near the sea (salt water) or sand, which makes sunbathing on the beach impossible. Strange I know. Anyhow, I've just got back from Crete where it has been over 30 degrees, and yes my prickly heat/ PLE has come up worse than ever. A Greek pharmacist immediately gave me a cream called "Algoflogen" (12 euros for a 200ml tube). She said it would stop it straight away. I asked if I could use it with sun cream/ antihistamine as I was taking an antihistamine daily. The answer to both was "yes". (She had an alternative cream if you don't take antihistamine as well). Use it before you put the suncream on. Very sceptically, I paid my 12 euros, went outside the pharmacy and put some on. It was fabulous!! Within seconds the itching and pain had gone, and the weals started to go down. I was pain and prickle-free!. The effects lasted a good 4 hours in the blazing heat of Agios Nikolaus whilst shopping, before I had to reapply. Since being home, I've looked on the internet, and you can buy "Algoflogen" online.....jsut type into google. It is a German product and you can buy as a foam and in a dispenser as well as a tube, though you have to pay in euros so there may be a currency exchange fee at your bank when it goes through your account. Try it at least....it also lasts for 2 years after opening. I hope this helps and that you give it a try. Good luck :-)

    hearing all these stories doesnt make me feel any better it just makes me want to help everyone but i dont know the answer . mine only ever comes on my face and neck but i have no idea why. i never had urticaria before i had my little girl (3 years ago) but it didnt start immediately after pregnancy or once she was born and that was the biggest rollercoaster ride my emotions have ever been on. so i dont think it has much to do with stress or emotion but thats just speaking for myself . im on fexofenadine hydrochloride i think its called (dosage 180mg) after being put on 10mg cetirizine tablets one a day which didnt make the slightest difference. the meds are not helping to prevent the urticaria rash coming up all over my face and neck although i do get maybe 2-3 weeks of rash then sometimes up to a month with no bother .i found aqeous dried my skin out more because its water based which then caused more irritation and itching meaning the excema would flare up and it would just get messy. apparantly E45 has sheeps wool in aswell so avoid that cream like the plague if your anything like me and have allergies to anything hairy like sheep dogs cats etc . 30-30 cream is oil based and helps with keeping my skin from drying out so much. betnovate is good too but not for regular use its steroid cream like elecon and mometasone etc so a short blast over a week like 3 times a day - not on face !- should clear excema up and possibly urticaria too. ive been keeping food diary and havent been able to pin point the cause of my outbursts but its been over a year with this urticaria (excema since birth) and with each flare up the rash has been spreading more ,becoming more intense ,and actually lasting longer aswell. last out break took three weeks to disapear from my face and neck as it went through all its different phases from red face near eyelids on cheeks and upper lip , to the next day waking up to angry spot looking weals ,then it swells more ,and then dries out then scabs (if youve been scratching !) and so on and so forth. ive had many sleepless nights not from scratching but from the inital itching . ive even sat on my hands and deliberately not scratched it when i first felt the little lumps coming up on my cheeks and yep it still came out just as red and just as agrivated . i think it is literally just the immune system attacking our own cells causing the reaction of hystamine to leak out under the skin which is why some people can bruise. best thing to do is find the right meds (tell me which ones to go for if you find them cos i am not getting any sleep and wont do for least another week til it calms down) and hassle the gp til they refer you to an allergy specialist ! thanks





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