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In August 2015 I developed hives, completely out of the blue one sunny day. Starting on the soft skin on my arms and gradually spreading over time the outbreaks became more and more agressive. Primarily after exercise or being in the sun but also at other random times. I saw a dermatologist who diagnosed chronic urticaria and stated my return to excercise had caused it - just my sweat pores blocking and eventually it will be ok - keep exercising to unblock them. At one point I thought this was helping as the rash appeared to be burning itself out. However I got a rude awakening whilst on a weeks holiday for some winter sun. I had a massive outbreak the minute the sun touched my skin.
I took piriton daily as this was the only anti histamine to work (fexafenadine caused a massive reaction of hives which ended up with me in A & E) I began to do much research into Urticaria and also the possibility that it may be linked somehow to my Mirena coil. The mirena being in situ for 3 years seemed an odd culprit but there were enough reports of this side effect to warrent removal. I had the mirena coil removed a week ago and during this time my hives have almost completely gone. Day by day there has been huge reduction in severity and as the effects of the coil wear off my skin is returning to its healthy state. I am ecstatic to finally be free of this horrific condition. Any ladies out there suffering with this - check your contraception, particularly if it's the Mirena coil.
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