I've had chronic hives pretty much my whole life (I'm 26 now). They come on strong, last for 6-8 weeks than disappear...only to return a few months/weeks later.
I have been allergy tested 4 times. I do have some allergies, but they are controlled with Allegra (dust, mold, pollen).
I do not have any food allergies.
I do have one medicinal allergy - sulfer (sulfa?) drugs.
I'm currently in the midst of one of the worst cases of hives I've had. I am literally *covered* from the neck down!
I went through all the usual suspects:
*Shampoo / Conditioner
*Exotic or Foreign foods to my current palette
I even tried changing both my diet (cut processed foods and caffeine), and my exercise routine (added yoga).
Nothing has helped.
I haven't switched jobs...moved...switched boyfriends...nothing!
I'm not even stressed.
So, my doctor gave me two options:
1. Prednisone. I am SUPER against this option because of all the side effects.
2. Xyzal. She gave me 5 samples...and AMAZINGLY - they worked right away! No hives! Then the bad news....not covered by my health insurance. So, it will cost me $150 a month.
This is a huge expense...but a worthwhile one if there is long term success.
Has anyone else gone this route for chronic hives? Is it working?