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please help severe urticaria

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 14, 2008
  • 07:34 PM

4 months ago i came out in severe urticaria all over my body very very itchy and sore with face and hand swelling, I was commenced on TElfast (antihistamine) 180mg 2 x a day, this did not help, then started on citirizine which just made me even more drowsy than i already was without tablets, i then got prednisilone (steroids) 35mg 2 x a day reducing dose by 5 mg every day. this was amazing all my symptoms disappeared apart from the drowsiness.when the steroid dose became very low my urticaria returned and now the doctors refuse to give me anymore saying it is not a long term option. my face continues to swell i feel like i have been punched in the face repeatedly, when my hands swell they go burning hot and i lose the use of them untill the sewlling goes down, ive been seen by two dermatologists one took blood samples all came back negative no aneamia or thyroid problems or allergens which are all major triggers of urticaria, my condition is now classed as chronic ruling out all allergens however my ana blood test came back positive 1:80 but the dermatologist and my doctor do not think this a cause for concern so until my chronic urticaria compkletely goes away which could take 5 -10 years all they will do for me is continue my anihistamines which have no effect do not stop flare ups and offer no relief.
can someone offer any advice??

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