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Allergies board

Hello. I just joined this site and hope I am following the correct procedure here. I am amazed at the number of people who are also experiencing hives and swollen lips. I first experienced this suddenly in April 2008. Quite a scary experience. Saw the dermatologist, then an allergist for allergy testing. He found I am "borderline" for glutin sensitivity and definitely allergic to p-phenylenediane (found in permanent hair color). From reading the posts, it sounds like fluctuating hormones can also be a cause (I am peri menopausel and have been taking hormones since May 2008).

I take a Singulair at bedtime and it helps to keep the hives down, though not completely. If I don't take it, I break out within a few days and also my lips swell. I also use hydrocortisone cream on the hives (face, neck, chest and arms), although I know that is not good to use for more than a couple of weeks.

I have seen a gastro doctor who will soon do an upper intestinal biopsy to see if I have celiac disease. I have stopped using hair color.

Does anyone know of anything else I should be right doing now? Thank you.