Today I went in to my Allergist, the first time since Feb 05. I have broken out in hives for the past week along my sides (like from the bottom of my armpits down to my hips). Im already on clarinex 1x daily, and ranitidine 2x daily.
My allergist drew five (5!) vials of blood, saying that he was going to check for leukotypes or something?! He said he wants to check for the underlying conditions. When I asked the nurse (who was taking the blood) about what im being tested for, she said "everything and anything"...lol Some help!
Anyways, he prescribed me a topical steroid cream for the hives.
Has anybody had this type of bloodwork before? what exactly could he be checking for??
Hello there, just yesterday I had SEVEN tubes of blood drawn I saw the allergist last week. I too would like to know what they are looking for, my fear is that these hives are a symptom of something underlying. I hope that the blood tests are just to rule things out. I have had daily hives for two months. Please don't tell me anything scary anyone, I already petrified.
The allergist called me today and told me my liver blood panel was abnormal. My bilirubin is 1.9 (it shouldnt be any higher than 1.0 and when you reach 3.0 you have a severe case of jaundice). So what does this mean?!
Funny thing I was just thinking of you this morning and wondering how you where doing. I'm not sure what those results mean, what did he say? Did he think that is what was causing your hives? Today is a week since my tests and I haven't heard anything from my allergist, I do have an appointment with him on the 15th, maybe he's waiting for that to let me know.
are you having digestive problems? My bilirubin went up when I had gallstones. Haven't had it checked since I had my gallbladder removed (bilirubin was .7 in Feb '04 and up to 1.6 in Nov '04, gb out in Feb 05) but haven't had that checked since. Maybe I should...
Hi again, I don't have digestive problems, I have been diagnosed with IBS about four years ago but haven't had any episodes for years. Sometimes I have some acid or gas but that's about it. What did your doctor say, is there something you should be doing about this, is this what is causing your hives?
Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts! Well the Doctor (allergist) said its no concern. I made an appointment with my regular Doctor for Friday and am going to bring the results with me and also have him do another blood panel. I find it hard to believe that any liver producing enzyme out of whack is "normal". Plus, I researched that bilirubin on the internet and it said when its elevated, the person will itch. As we speak im resisting the urge to itch..lol