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allergies, not sure what to

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  • Posted By: porcelain
  • January 15, 2009
  • 06:41 AM

i have had problems with allergies over the past three years, i have been put on every medication my doctor has been allowed to put me on and none have worked long term to relieve my symptoms. (sorry this is long but i want to include as much detail as i can)

it started with swollen eyelids.almost every morning i wake up with swollen eyes, they usually go down after a few hours or after a have a shower and put water on my face. sometimes though it doesnt go away and it starts getting itchy then eventually watery but by the time it gets to that stage my whole face is red and itchy.

then i started noticing my face always felt tight and quite itchy a lot of the time. sometimes it got so itchy that i was literally trying to peel the skin off my face it actually felt like i had something crawling under my skin as well.

i quite often get small rashes on my arms and legs but they always seem to go within a few hours. these rashes are hardly ever itchy.

within the last year or so my mouth has started playing up i will often get blisters and ulcers all through my mouth and tongue after eating certain foods (so i now avoid those foods). i have put this down to my anemia and b12 deficiency though because i have heard these illnesses cause this reaction in the mouth but it could also be a food allergy ive been told.

i have had reactions before where it restricted my breathing and i was taken to emergency doctors.

i currently take a combination of 2 medications daily to try help relieve my allergy symptoms but often now its to no avail somedays im taking more than the reccomended dosage just to try keep a lid on it before it comes a fully blown reaction.
my doctor has said it was safe to take 1 or 2 more than normal occasionally if the symptoms get bad.

i am currently being tested to find out what im allergic to, the only reason they are willing to do it is becuase this has been going on for so long and the medication is no longer working adequately, so they are trying to pinpoint what im allergic to so i can avoid it.

has anyone else had anything similar to this, or have any suggestions to help

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  • Hi Porcelain,I have had an allergic reaction for a few months now. It has been limited to my feet. The first time lasted a couple of weeks and this time has lasted about the same. For the moment they're gone.It started out as little bumps that itched like crazy. I had read that if I scratched them, it would get worse and that's true. I have severe anxiety and I know from experience, not to read synptoms. I've sent myself to the hospital doing that. If you can, get someone else to do research on the Internet because there is a connection with anxiety and Hives. At times, I even saw the Hives come and go right before my eyes. It was the wierdest thing.I used Aspercreme at first because it helped with the itching but seemed to make the rash worse and the same with the Benadryl cream. I was able to take Benadryl capsules though. (I would advise checking to see if you can take Benadryl with any other medicines you're taking and the same with any new medicines).I thought they were Hives and, at first, I thought I was allergic to Glycerin. Glycerin (sometimes it's Propylene Glygol) is found in foods, lotions, make-up, all kinds of things.I've eliminated all the foods I had been eating, one by one. I quit using lotions and just soaked my feet in cool water for 5 to 10 minutes. That worked for the most part, but the rash continued. It helped with the pain and itching anyway.I am allergic to strawberries so I thought it may be a reaction to the strawberry Kool-aid I'd been drinking or perhaps, the red dye. I eliminated everything I could think of. Another one being, Toaster Strudels. They have Glycerin.I thought I might have a yeast infection because I had a bad rash years ago that caused a rash all over.Last night my feet turned red all over and was inflammed. I took Benadryl and soaked my feet and this morning, the rash was gone.Oh, I should mention that I stopped taking a drug that has been known to cause Hives 'Spiriva'. I had been off of it for 2 days. I have COPD and I'm on Oxygen 24 hrs a day. Spiriva is supposed to help but maybe it's for people in the early stages of COPD. I never noticed a difference while taki9ng it.I also take B-12 injections every 2 months, but I didn't think there was any relationship between that and the Hives.I hope you have someone to help you do the research and to help keep down any anxiety you may have.I have to stop writing now because I am having difficulty breathing.If you have any questions, just reply.:)Carol - katwoman
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 05:42 AM
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  • Hi Porcelain,I have had an allergic reaction for a few months now. It has been limited to my feet. The first time lasted a couple of weeks and this time has lasted about the same. For the moment they're gone. It started out as little bumps that itched like crazy. I had read that if I scratched them, it would get worse and that's true. I have severe anxiety and I know from experience, not to read synptoms. I've sent myself to the hospital doing that. If you can, get someone else to do research on the Internet because there is a connection with anxiety and Hives. At times, I even saw the Hives come and go right before my eyes. It was the wierdest thing. I used Aspercreme at first because it helped with the itching but seemed to make the rash worse and the same with the Benadryl cream. I was able to take Benadryl capsules though. (I would advise checking to see if you can take Benadryl with any other medicines you're taking and the same with any new medicines). I thought they were Hives and, at first, I thought I was allergic to Glycerin. Glycerin (sometimes it's Propylene Glygol) is found in foods, lotions, make-up, all kinds of things. I've eliminated all the foods I had been eating, one by one. I quit using lotions and just soaked my feet in cool water for 5 to 10 minutes. That worked for the most part, but the rash continued. It helped with the pain and itching anyway. I am allergic to strawberries so I thought it may be a reaction to the strawberry Kool-aid I'd been drinking or perhaps, the red dye. I eliminated everything I could think of. Another one being, Toaster Strudels. They have Glycerin. I thought I might have a yeast infection because I had a bad rash years ago that caused a rash all over. Last night my feet turned red all over and was inflammed. I took Benadryl and soaked my feet and this morning, the rash was gone. Oh, I should mention that I stopped taking a drug that has been known to cause Hives 'Spiriva'. I had been off of it for 2 days. I have COPD and I'm on Oxygen 24 hrs a day. Spiriva is supposed to help but maybe it's for people in the early stages of COPD. I never noticed a difference while taki9ng it. I also take B-12 injections every 2 months, but I didn't think there was any relationship between that and the Hives. I hope you have someone to help you do the research and to help keep down any anxiety you may have. I have to stop writing now because I am having difficulty breathing.If you have any questions, just reply.:) Carol - katwoman im pretty sure its not hives i have been to the doctors multiple times and have beenn reffered to specialists. everymorning for the last few days i have harldy been able to open my eyes they have been that swollen and i have been taking medication before i go to sleep at night to try ease the effects in the morning but the only thing that has done is stop it burning. i noticed a rash that started around my groin area on wednesday yet it wasnt itchy and looked more like it was under the skin, it has since progressed down my right leg and all over my stomach and a little on my neck. it has just started itching today (sunday) so i am thinking i will go to the doctors tomorrow.im thinking that i myself might have a yeast infection. some of your syptoms like the rash sound slightly familiar and the itching.i am still at a loss as to what it could be though. do you know if you did have a yeast infection and was the rash one of the symptoms? i am still unsure whether this is allergies or something different because at the moment i am still doing everything i normally would and eating my normal foods yet i have this rash and almost uncontrolable itching and i can pin point it to anything ive done or eaten because i hvae been doing what i normally do everyday.
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 05:01 AM
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  • im pretty sure its not hives i have been to the doctors multiple times and have beenn reffered to specialists. everymorning for the last few days i have harldy been able to open my eyes they have been that swollen and i have been taking medication before i go to sleep at night to try ease the effects in the morning but the only thing that has done is stop it burning. i noticed a rash that started around my groin area on wednesday yet it wasnt itchy and looked more like it was under the skin, it has since progressed down my right leg and all over my stomach and a little on my neck. it has just started itching today (sunday) so i am thinking i will go to the doctors tomorrow.im thinking that i myself might have a yeast infection. some of your syptoms like the rash sound slightly familiar and the itching.i am still at a loss as to what it could be though. do you know if you did have a yeast infection and was the rash one of the symptoms? i am still unsure whether this is allergies or something different because at the moment i am still doing everything i normally would and eating my normal foods yet i have this rash and almost uncontrolable itching and i can pin point it to anything ive done or eaten because i hvae been doing what i normally do everyday.I didn't have a yeast infection this time but I remember when I did have one years ago and I had a rash all over. At first, I didn't know what it was. I went to the health dept. and they put me on a medicine that I had to rub all over and it made the rash worse. They thought I had Scabbies, which is something you get when you're around a lot of people like on a ship or something. Then I was told it was something else (can't remember). I finally went to a dermatologist and he took one look at me and knew what it was...a yeast infection. That could be what you have. You can purchase medicine over the counter for it. However, you may want to check with a Dr. first because I don't know if it's okay to use those medicines if you don't have a yeast infection. Good luck to you.Carol - katwoman
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 10:16 PM
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  • thanks for replying. i will go to the doctors within the next couple of days and find out for sure what it is. i still have the rash and normally if i have a rash it doesnt last this long so i think seeing a doctor would be a good idea.
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 01:44 AM
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  • thanks for replying. i will go to the doctors within the next couple of days and find out for sure what it is. i still have the rash and normally if i have a rash it doesnt last this long so i think seeing a doctor would be a good idea.Porcelain, I'm glad you are going to the doctor. You'll have peace of mind too.:)Katwoman
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 04:51 AM
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  • i went to the doctor today and showed him the rashes he said it was inflamed sweat glands and has given me a steroid topical cream called fucicort. hopefully this will clear it up. he also told me today that i have been diagnosed with hemochromatosis.
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 02:32 AM
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  • i went to the doctor today and showed him the rashes he said it was inflamed sweat glands and has given me a steroid topical cream called fucicort. hopefully this will clear it up. he also told me today that i have been diagnosed with hemochromatosis.Really? Let me know if that helps. I looked up hemochromatosis. It says you have too much iron. Is that right? How did you find out that you nhad it?
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
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  • the cream has really helped all spots in my rash but two are gone. yes hemochromatosis is an iron overload disease where your body absorbs to much iron and cant get rid of it.its genetic so that means one of my parents has given it to me, so now my whole family has to be tested for it. it came up in my bloods that i had a high ferritin level (the bloods were originally taken to try find out what im allergic to). it came back that i had anemia, b12 deficiency and vitamin d deficiency with high iron levels. so they ran some more tests to find out why my iron levels were so high, eventually they diagnosed it as hemochromatosis. i dont think the rashes have anything to do with hemochromatosis. eventually if left untreated for to long it can cause liver cancer, heart problem and even death. to much iron is not good for the body. i think i have helped by being a vegetarian so im not getting much iron anyway because most iron comes from meat. but the iron i am getting i am storing twice as much as a normal person. i never took iron supplements once i became vegetarian despite people telling me i needed to and im glad i didnt because that could have actually killed me creating to higher levels of iron in my body.
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
    • 08:44 PM
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  • the cream has really helped all spots in my rash but two are gone. yes hemochromatosis is an iron overload disease where your body absorbs to much iron and cant get rid of it.its genetic so that means one of my parents has given it to me, so now my whole family has to be tested for it. it came up in my bloods that i had a high ferritin level (the bloods were originally taken to try find out what im allergic to). it came back that i had anemia, b12 deficiency and vitamin d deficiency with high iron levels. so they ran some more tests to find out why my iron levels were so high, eventually they diagnosed it as hemochromatosis. i dont think the rashes have anything to do with hemochromatosis. eventually if left untreated for to long it can cause liver cancer, heart problem and even death. to much iron is not good for the body. i think i have helped by being a vegetarian so im not getting much iron anyway because most iron comes from meat. but the iron i am getting i am storing twice as much as a normal person. i never took iron supplements once i became vegetarian despite people telling me i needed to and im glad i didnt because that could have actually killed me creating to higher levels of iron in my body.It's good that you didn't listen to those people.There was a time when I had to take Ferrous Sulfate, which, I believe, is iron.But I don't take iron and haven't in a long time. I have Hep.C and iron is not good for the liver.I don't eat much meat. If I eat any, it's chicken. Every once in a blue moon, I have a MacDonalds cheeseburger, but I mean, about once in 6 months.I should probably have my blood checked. I know I need my TSH checked for my thyroid. I have Pernicious Anemia, a Vitamin B-12 deficiency (I take shots every 2 months but I think I forgot one month). I'm not sure about Vit.D.Keep me informed.katwoman:)
    katwoman 29 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
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  • It's good that you didn't listen to those people. There was a time when I had to take Ferrous Sulfate, which, I believe, is iron. But I don't take iron and haven't in a long time. I have Hep.C and iron is not good for the liver. I don't eat much meat. If I eat any, it's chicken. Every once in a blue moon, I have a MacDonalds cheeseburger, but I mean, about once in 6 months. I should probably have my blood checked. I know I need my TSH checked for my thyroid. I have Pernicious Anemia, a Vitamin B-12 deficiency (I take shots every 2 months but I think I forgot one month). I'm not sure about Vit.D. Keep me informed.katwoman:) oh ok. maybe you should get your blood checked. i have b12 shots once a month at the moment
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
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  • \Both of you need to get on the B12 misdiagnosis thread. A B12 shot once a month is not nearly enough to give you therapeutic improvement...please read over the threads there and consider a sublingual Methlycobalamin B12 lozenge to take every day to keep your levels on a more even keel. Candida overload can cause unexplained rashes. Research candida cleanses on the net and consider finding a good naturopathic or other holistic doc to help you with this. Western antifungal meds don't work effectively IMO, and can be hepatotoxic. To Porcelain: what do you wash your sheets with? Do you use dryer sheets or fabric softener? What type of pillows do you use? What type of night cream do you use? Soap, etc? DOM
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    • January 22, 2009
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  • \Both of you need to get on the B12 misdiagnosis thread. A B12 shot once a month is not nearly enough to give you therapeutic improvement...please read over the threads there and consider a sublingual Methlycobalamin B12 lozenge to take every day to keep your levels on a more even keel. Candida overload can cause unexplained rashes. Research candida cleanses on the net and consider finding a good naturopathic or other holistic doc to help you with this. Western antifungal meds don't work effectively IMO, and can be hepatotoxic. To Porcelain: what do you wash your sheets with? Do you use dryer sheets or fabric softener? What type of pillows do you use? What type of night cream do you use? Soap, etc? DOM i have been on the b12 misdiagnosis thread i have even posted on there. my rash has been explained and the cream i have been given has worked. there is no longer any rash.
    porcelain 36 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
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  • i have been on the b12 misdiagnosis thread i have even posted on there. my rash has been explained and the cream i have been given has worked. there is no longer any rash.From Katwoman:And as for me, I am supposed to have a B-12 shot once every 2 months. My memory is not good, but I can ask my son where I got the instructions or prescription to do that. But anyway, I wouldn't take it once every 2 months unless I knew good and well that I was supposed to, whether it be prescribed by a doctor or from research on a reliable source from the Internet.As for the rash, through a lot of elimination, I finally discovered that the culprit was the Spiriva I had been taking because when I quit taking it (I hadn't seen any improvement), my rash went away. That was several weeks ago and, knock on wood, they haven't returned. It is also one of the side effects of taking Spiriva.Many years ago, I had a similar rash but then it was all over my body unlike now, which is my feet only. It was determined by my Dermatologist, to be a yeast infection and when using the Y.I. cream, the rash disappeared.There are many reasons for both a B-12 deficiency and a yeast infection. You just have to determine the cause of yours and treat them.
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    • January 22, 2009
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