Have you considered Leaky Gut or Yeast?

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I felt it necessary to post because i have read just about every board there is and I know exactly what it feels like to suffer from this intolerable condition. I had chronic idiopathic urticaria for a year. It started out with some itchy palms that would wake me at night. Then it spread to other parts of my body. There were days I had hundreds, maybe thousands. They only thing that would alleviate them was Prednisone but I was determined not to take that for more than a week. I had every blood test in the book. Nothing stopped the itch. I tried anything you can imagine from CBD oil to numbing cream for tattoos. I saw an allergist, two dermatologists, a GP, a cardiologist, an R/A, you name it. Nobody had a clue. They all said it could not be cured - it had to go away on its own. I started keeping a detailed diary. I recommend you do that. I noticed it flared more when I would eat more carbs or have a few drinks. I was virtually hopeless. I started fasting to see how my body would react. I noticed that with no alcohol and less carbs the hives would reduce but not eradicate. I couldn't take it anymore. I could not imagine living like this another 40 years. Then by happenstance during a routine checkup I mentioned to my doctor that they seemed to flare the more I ate and the more I drank. I light went on and he said the common denominator in alcohol and most foods is yeast. He said no physicians would agree with him, that it was a long shot but maybe I had Candida. I had not heard of Candida. I started reading up on it and saw the connection between yeast and leaky gut - the permeability of your GI track that allows microscopic toxic secretions to leak into your body and trigger an immune response. Hmmmm. I'm not overweight. I'm in fairly great shape. How could I have leaky gut. He put me on a two week prescription of Fluconazole (anti-fungal) and I adjusted my diet to no/low yeast - basically gluten free. I cut back on the alcohol substantially and limited my intake to vodka which contains no yeast after distilling. Within days my hives started to reduce in size, color and itch. I literally watched them reduce down to a handful, then one or two. I was then seeing one at night, none during the day. I was basically hive free for the first time in a year. I considered it nothing short of a miracle and believe-you-me i was praying every day for the wisdom to discover the problem. I was a healthy, in shape male. I would never have suspected myself as having a yeast or leaky gut syndrome. I had no symptoms - except hives. Watching them dry up to nothing is probably one of the most exciting moments of my life. If you are reading this and you are desperate, don't give up. You are what you eat. Don't ever forget that. Don't let any doctor tell you you're wrong - consider leaky gut syndrome and consider trying a two week prescription of Fluconazole and a good pro-biotic. Something is causing your immune system to fire off those nasty, red b******s. Figure it out.

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting your advice and insight to this recurring problem...what brand of probiotics do you recommend?

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    Thank you for your post, I have a feeling that this is me. I am on Xolair once every 4 weeks, but after eating certain foods, I feel 'weird'. I can't put my finger on what it is, but it's like my body is fighting something. If the Xolair wasn't doing it's thing, I am sure I would have a breakout.

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    Hello Hivey

    Just following up with you. how are you doing......are you still hive free? I will ask my doctor about FLUCONAZOLE. I have Chronic Urticaria .

    thank you

    Wendy

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    Thank you so much for your post Hivey. I have had urticaria for over 6 years now and I did at one time suspect it may be something to do with the gut. Over the years, I have seen various gp's, a dermalogist and have had allergy tests. My doctor put me on fexofenadine 180mg once a day but when I had severe bouts I took two a day. Also have been managing with different steroid creams but have been hesitant to use them. I also noticed that eating fresh corn on the cob triggered a severe bout of the hives. After reading your post I asked my son and daughter in law, both pharmacists, if it is worth trying Fluconazole? They said I would need a prescription for that but I could try an anti-fungal shampoo called Nizoral. This is an anti dandruff shampoo. I used it on affected areas, mainly lower back, arms and neck and left it for 2-3mins before a shower. At the same time, I started having Greek yogurt every morning with muesli , instead of my usual porridge. Within a few days I saw a dramatic improvement in the itching and all markings also disappeared. Since then I have stopped taking fexofenadine and have had the odd rash but nothing like before. My plan is to carry on with the shampoo and pro-biotic and request a candida test if necessary. Thanks again for your post hopefully this helps others also suffering in silence.

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