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I wanted to share my story.
I'm a 35 year old male and ive been suffering with urticaria for 3 years. It tends to go into remission in the winter but comes back with a vengeance when the weather warms up.
The first 2 years it was mostly controllable with fexofenadine and occasional prednisolerone (think that's how you spell it), but this year it is out of control to the point it put me in hospital 2 weeks ago with a tight chest, swelling throat, face, hands and feet. I now have to carry around 2 epi pens.
Previously my doctor didn't want to know and had me taking 4x the reccomended dose of fexofenadine saying "no-one has ever died overdosing on antihistsmines".
Last year I paid for an intolerance test which indicated wheat and dairy along with a few other things. I have since removed them from my diet and my condition improved massively until 2 months ago. I'm now taking 4 piriton a day, 2 ranitidine, 2 fexofenadine and 30mg prednisolerone and it still isn't under control. The doctor is reluctant to give me more of the steroids but at the moment these are the only things that give me somewhat of a normal life. I have been refered for allergy testing but don't hold any hope of them finding anything. 9ne thing I will add is I've been on esomeorazole for acid reflux for 15 years and I do believe these are the cause of my issues. They work by stopping you producing acid but in doing this you do not break down your food properly so you don't absorb vitamins and minerals. Also new research indicates that because you don't break down proteins properly your body's immune system reacts to these proteins and can cause an allergic response. So I am currently trying to wean off these.
Also I read on here about Epsom salts and I'd say they are definitely worth a try. I have just tried them for the first time and I'd say they have reduced my rash and itching by at least 50%!!!. Thank you for reading and thank you everyone for all the advise in this forum
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