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Hi, I just thought I'd post a bit about what I've found that might help some of you suffering from Urticari / Hives. I've had it for 5 weeks permanently, so technically its still counted as "acute", but it might be useful to chronic sufferers (6 weeks or more).
What I’ve found is Antihistamines don't work for everyone. For me, first time I had this, Atarax just wiped it out. Second time 15 years on, I was given Fexofenadine 120mg, but it didn't really help. I think mine are anxiety related.
Anyway, here's what I tried:
Beer eliminated them just like that. (no good if you have a wheat/barley allergy though)…but it comes back once the alchohol wears off and codeine levels get back to normal. But at least if it works for you, you get some sleep.
This routine worked:
1. Bought a huge tube of E45 and carried it everywhere. Any itch anywhere got a splat of the stuff.
2. Took the antihistamine 120mg as instructed each day…plus an extra 60mg. Every little helps.
3. Slurped down 3/4 cups of green tea a day.
4. Changed clothes twice a day.
5. Drank about 2 litres of water a day.
6. Washed bedding twice a week without powders or liquids.
7. Didn’t drink any alcohol (even though it helps) for a week just to reboot the system.
8. Tried to keep to my normal daily routine and spoke to others about my symptoms rather than feel awkward.
**Be careful with the green tea – some people get hives from caffeine. So possibly try caffeine free. Always non bleaced bags.
**Be careful with alcohol – if it doesn’t help, its not for you, and moderation is the key.
Urticaria can be caused by heat, allergies to shellfish, alcohol, caffeine, or a host of other things. Thats why its not easy to find a quick fix.
Hope this helps
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