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I'm an overall very healthy 31 year-old female. Between the ages of 16-17 I had a bout of chronic hives, and was on prednisone much of that time as no combo of anti-histamines, singulair, zantac, etc. even touched the hives. After about a year they went away, we thought it may have been related to mold? But i haven't had another hive in over 15 years.
On January 2nd of this year I woke up with a small area of hives. They have continued to get worse, except for one 15-day burst course of prednisone that took them away temporarily. They are now back and I'm also experiencing severe facial swelling. I am at my wits end....taking numerous antihistamines a day (and I don't know why as they aren't helping), cold showers, oatmeal baths, ice packs, I tried the AIP diet for awhile (they actually got worse during this). I have an appointment with an allergist this week, and hear a lot of good things about Xolair. Anyone have positive feedback out there? Should I ask for it? Any bad side effects? I'm terrified nothing will work, and I don't know how to keep living like this. Any info would be great!
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