I periodically experience a swelling of my hands, accompanied by a burning and itching that lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days. I sometimes, but not always, get large "half dollar" size hives as well. It is most pronounced between my fingers, at the base as well as the pad below my thumbs.
Days, and even weeks, go by between occurances.
I've tried to determine if I am eating anything to cause an allergic reaction, what soaps and detergents I'm using, any possible medicine interactions, etc. but haven't had any luck.
My GP hasn't offered much in the way of explanation or treatment, other than to take benedryl to relieve the symptoms.
My question is 3 fold:
Has anyone else experienced anything similar?
Does anyone have any recommended treatment to reduce the swelling, burning and itching?
Should I see a dermatologist or an allergist as my next step?
Thanks to everyone for whatever help or suggestions you may have.
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