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Chronic Hives + Xzyal?

Posted In: Allergies 3 Replies
  • Posted By: shesparkles
  • August 13, 2008
  • 07:31 PM

Hi All,

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:
*Perfume
*Shampoo / Conditioner
*Detergent
*Fabric Softener
*House Cleaners
*Candles
*Exotic or Foreign foods to my current palette
*Work scents

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?

Much thanks,
*S

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