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    Old 02-09-2017, 09:47 PM   #1
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    chronic hives

    I had chronic very itchy hives for 6 months before I made it to the right doctor with the right treatment. Please read this if you have chronic hives because there is a treatment out there. I was on this site a few times looking for help for hives that would not go away. I had been to 5 general practitioners, a dermatologist, and finally an ob/gyn in case it was somehow related to menopause (i'm only 44 but i was desperate) over a period of 5 months. My ob/gyn finally referred me to an internal medicine specialist who tested me for lyme disease, etc. all negative, then she told me I needed to see an allergist. This was the KEY to everything, if you have hives that won't go away, are very itchy, driving you crazy, you have got to see an MD that is an allergist. At the time I saw him a few months ago I had been living with non-stop hives for 6 months, been on double dose of two different anti-histamines with no change, slathering steroid cream all over my body to no avail, the only thing that helped was prednisone but I tried to take it as little as possible unless I had hives on my face. Still i gained 10 pounds over this time from the steroid I did take. The allergist diagnosed me as "Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria", saying hives are considered chronic if you have them more than 3 months. He then said he had a treatment that was FDA approved for this condition about two years ago called "Zolair". If you have chronic hives YOU HAVE GOT TO GET TO AN ALLERGIST AND ASK THEM ABOUT ZOLAIR. If you have reasonable insurance it is covered. It is an injection in the arm like a vaccine that they give every 4 weeks until after hives have been gone for many months. The first dose for me did nothing, my hives were so severe i couldn't sleep and they had become non-steroid responsive. After the 2nd dose, my hives went away completely about a week later (and this was now after 7 months of hell). I have just had my fourth dose with no return of any hives. These hives I had affected my ability to work, sleep, be a reasonable person, it was hell and if anyone is having this type of issue I am trying to get the word out that there is a treatment that works in 90+% of patients (per my allergist). I am in the medical field and it still took me 7 doctors before someone told me to go to an allergist, I am sure other people are out there floundering around with doctors who aren't aware of allergists or the newer product Zolair. Not even the dermatologist I went to mentioned an allergist or this medication to me. Zolair was originally used approved by the FDA for people with asthma but as it was tried sporadically on people with CIU, the company was able to get it approved for that also. You can google it to find out more but you need to see an allergist to find out if you could be treated with it. I guarantee you this is the only thing out there to help severe chronic hives.

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