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Hi everyone, I've suffered with urticaria for almost two years now. It's made worse by heat, cold, sunlight, pressure, stress and my feeble immune system.
I've had the skin prick tests, and am allergic to no foodstuffs, but am allergic to house dust, tree pollen, grass pollen and mould spores.
I was given fexofenadine and montelukast by the allergist I saw. They made no difference at all, except to make the rash even worse than it was before.
There is hardly a day goes by that I am not covered in this unsightly and debilitating rash. It itches and is burning hot at times. Occasionally it blisters and weeps. I get swelling, but not in the usual places everyone mentions (i.e. lips and eyes). My hands occasionally itch and my entire hand will swell to the extent that I can't bend my fingers.
I had some blood tests for autoimmune disease over a year ago, after which I was told they were all normal. At that time, the doctor i saw refused to refer me to a dermatologist, instead she prescribed me three bottles of crotamiton lotion per month to try to control the itching, told me to stay indoors, wear factor 50 sunlotion and keep my body covered up all the time - very helpful!
Anyway I now have a more caring doctor, and I have an appointment to see a dermatologist at my local hospital on 23rd February. I'm just wondering what to take along which might help them to help me. On the day I'm sure my rash will behave itself and will be extremely mild. I have taken photographs of it when it is particularly bad and will be able to show them.
Any advice would be most welcomed.
Thank you for reading.
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