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I just wanted to offer some potential help and hope to people suffering from Chronic or Cholinergic urticaria. I must stress that the below is my own experience and is not guarenteed to work on everyone:
In January 2016 i started to get small/non itchy hives on my hands and arms, as the weather was cold I put it down to chillblains. After a few weeks I pinpointed the problem to changes in temperature...I.E going from cold to warm when getting home and putting the heating on. By Feb i was getting more and more annoyed so visted my GP who pescribed 180mg of Fexofenodine...this worked slightly but only for a few days! After this the symptoms got alot worse, soon i would be covered on my hands, arms, neck, shoulders and legs. Exercising was causing havoc with my skin where only minutes after getting home from the gym i would be a blotchy red mess from head to toe...i was going crazy with it!
Weeks of research/ food intolerance tests/ derrmotology vists were getting me nowhere. The only glimmer of hope was the different amounts of antihistimine available that I hadnt tried so i decided to trial and error different types...until i discovered Chlorphenamine. From what I understand this is a first generation antihistamine that can have some side effects..non of which i have experienced so far. Chlorphenamine stopped the flare ups 100% and has also helped a mild rhinitis issue i have had for years.
I dont plan to stay on them forever so i will keep the forum updated when I stop...but 1 month of being hive free is fantastic and i hope this can help others to.
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