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I'm a 24 year old female, in March of 2015 after a week of having a cold I woke up feeling better from the cold but covered in hives. I have quite a few allergies but didn't come in contact with any of them that I could think of. I took Benadryl, sure they would go away. After three days of the hives spreading and getting worse I went to the doctor, they gave me a handful of medication including prednisone as well as a kenelog shot. A few days later the hives went down, as soon as I got off the steroids however, they all returned. Over the next five months I tried montelukast, ranitidine, multiple doses of prednisone, hydroxizine, allertec, tons of Benadryl, Claritin and many others I can't even remember the names of. Over that time I had multiple doctor visits that consisted of telling me I should have used an epi pen it was so bad and my face was so deformed with swelling, I was prescribed epi pens and on several occasions was given Benadryl shots, kenelog shots and another shot I don't remember the name of. After many doctor visits and trying different medications to no avail, I finally got the hives to offer a little relief, after getting off an extended dose of prednisone and staying up on hydroxizine four times a day, Flonase two times a day, ranitidine four times a day and allertec four times a day. Finally I saw a specialist who recommended xolair after I tested positive to an autologous serum test. I am four months into shots and I have been able to cut back on some of the medication but when I have worse days I have to bump it back up. If I fail to take my medicine for a few days the hives, itching, facial deformation, facial, lip and mouth swelling all return. My Doctor said I should be feeling better by now with xolair and so I've scheduled an appointment with him next week. I'm feeling frustrated and discouraged that it's been almost a year of this. Any help is appreciated, what has worked for you?
Also I will try to add pictures later, I don't have any on this phone. Thanks!
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