Hives for 8 months Allergist wants to give me Xoliar injection and I don’t know what to do.

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My Ige blood level is 745 and normal is between 0-100 and Allergist thinks that’s causing my hives and food allergies I keep getting every couple months to something new. Endocrinologist I have for Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroid thinks it’s from Hashimoto’s. Not sure if I should get Xoliar though I’m very worried about having a reaction to it because my doctor told me you can have an anaphylactic reaction at any time during treatment and I have anxiety in general before the hives so this is making me way worse with having this be said to me. Has anyone ever got Xoliar and been ok what was your experience and also should I do this I just don’t know what to do need advice? 

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    Also taking steroids and have gained 15 pounds on them and the doctor gave me Cyclosporine til I was able to get Xoliar. Has Cyclosporine worked for anyone? And I take Benadryl every 4-6 hours and Zyrtec twice a day. 
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      Hi Lauren

      when Xolair did not work for me as well as so many other meds....I went to a specialist and was put on Cyclosporine going up slowly 25mg, 50 mg, 100 mg at that time hives were better but was still breaking out then doctor upped to150mg and decided at add Prednisone...that combination worked for me.....hive free.  She had me slowly go up on Prednisone when hives stopped I stayed on that dosage for weeks along with the Cyclosporine. I was on those meds for awhile then slowly started to bring me down off the Cyclosporine took several months as the key is to go down slowly so the body can adjust.  After I was off the Cyclosporine my doctor started having me ever so slowly go down on the Prednisone 1 mg at a time for a couple of weeks before going down...takes months but important to remain hive free.  I am currently on very low dose of 4 mg along with an Allegra in the morning and one at night.  I was actually down to 1mg Prednisone every other day without Allegra but had a relapse with some stress in my live and that triggered an outbreak.  So I'm slowly going down again and hoping to go into remission.  Xolair worked with first months injections then did not work as it should the next several months so doctor stopped them and referred to specialist at Hopkins here in the state.  She is the only doctor that her treatment works to be hive free and quality of life.  So Cyclosporine and Prednisone was the way to go and hoping one day to be off all meds.  I hope this helps...our bodies are all different so reacts differently to different meds.

      wendy

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    HI Lauren

     I have been taking the xolair shot for over a year now.. about the only reaction i have gotten is my arthritus is worse and at times i seem to swell up more.. I do occassionally still get a few hives even with the shot but one benedryl and they are gone.. I also carry an epi pen always just in case .. I did have angioedema before the shot and ended up in er with my throat closing so now i am prepared just in case.. I would rather deal with the few side effects I personally am having than those full blown hives every single day all over my body.. Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do.. This is not a fun disease to deal with or whatever they call it.. it is horrible and messes with your everyday life..

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    oH yes since this ordeal i have gained 33 lbs .. 
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    Hi Lauren,

    I have just literally finished a 6 month treatment plan and had my last injection a week ago. I absolutely sympathise with you as I was exactly the same. I also suffer from anxiety.  Every time I have the injection they keep me in for two hours for observation. I usually sit in the waiting room after reading a book.  They give me one injection in each arm. I have been told it’s extremely rare for anaphylactic to kick in but it’s a risk they do make you aware of. Also my hives cause my face and lips to swell so in theory I can go into anaphylactic shock if it goes down my throat. They say if it’s going to react it will be within those two hours of you sitting there. I know it’s boring sitting about but worth it. Just take things to keep you occupied. I have to say my hives have disappeared so far, but I still get swelling in places which is uncomfortable. But I’m so happy to see my skin back again as I was an extreme case where from head to toes I was covered in bright red hives that I didn’t have much Norma skin. Unfortunately I was left like that for nearly a year with no diagnosis which made me so depressed. So from my experience xolair was a blessing. It’s natural to feel scared as we hear the word anaphylactic. But honestly I have been fine and they have made a huge impact on my life that I feel so much happier with life. 

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      YES YES YES! all of this!

      there was a del taco right by my allerigsts office... so... id stop there, grab a giant beverage and some breakfast burritos for after my appointment (i always had my appointment in the morning for convenience)... brought a book (im a librarian so... reading is my favorite) and also made sure my phone was fully charged so i could candy crush it up! after a few visits i didnt even need to wait the full two hours... just hung out for about an hour and a half or so.

      DO IT! hives are no fun. even if it doesnt work for you, at least you know you tried it! and that feels good all in itself.

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    TAKE THE XOLAIR!!!!!!

    i had zero negative reactions. the shot is subcutaneous so you dont even feel it. The worry for anaphylaxis is not needed. Afterall, your hives could get so bad you go into anaphylaxis, technically... so...

    try the xolair.

    I have solar urticaria and i did xolair. i would do it all over again and again.

    Anything to make me not hive out!

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    Try Chinese medicine. It worked wonderfully well for my nephew. You can read about his experience on my post in this forum. Good luck.
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      Saying "Try Chinese Medicine" isn't very helpful. There are thousands of Chinese herbs and many types of treatments. And like Jana94738 said, it's also very difficult to find Bohrsmodel's past post. I wish folks could either post a link or be more specific. 😦

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