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Since 2000 I have experienced chronic urticaria every year except for 2 years during the months of February, March, April and May. On each occasion the Urticaria has appeared within a day or so of 20th February and disappears within a day or so of 10th May.
The urticaria moves around the body, so one day and night it will be concentrated around the chest, shoulders and neck, the next day on back shoulder blades and neck, the next day around the waist, groin and thighs, then arms, hands, etc.
One of my urticaria's strangest idiosyncrasies is that alcohol consumption makes it entirely disappear for 12 hours or more. For the first few years I turned to alcohol as a form of medication, however over the years I realised that once the alcohol had left my system the urticaria would return more violently and cover a greater area of my body. I now don't consume alcohol at all during the months when the urticaria visits. The urticaria is therefore constantly on my body but I don't experience the extremes.
I have previously been prescribed steroid treatment but this only dampened the symptoms for the course of the treatment and it would come back fully at the end of the course. I have visited my GP and been referred to the dermatology department at two local hospitals but because they can't establish the trigger easily they have not been interested in investigating further. The only medication that I currently take is Fexofenadine 180mg. This takes away the extreme itch and pain for approximately 8 hours. I take this in the morning so I don't itch and scratch my way through work but this leaves me with sleepless uncomfortable evenings.
Does anyone else suffer from this seasonal form of Urticaria between February and May and if so has anyone had the trigger successfully diagnosed. Can anyone recommend any other treatments?
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