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I have been having a skin allergy that has been affecting me

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Hi, I have been having a skin allergy that has been affecting me every day for the past 3 weeks. I am taking cetirizine hydrochloride 5mg capsules every time it happens but it keeps happening. I'm uploading some pictures of one of the worst time it happened - around 1 week ago. Can you please advise me on what to do? should I go to a hospital, or an allergy expert directly? Or is there anything else I should try taking to decrease the symptoms? I never had this type of allergy before. Actually, I never had any type of allergy before! Especially skin allergy.Thank you!Catia
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I forgot to say that the symptoms are: itchiness, redness, and it gets really warm in the area affected.Thank you

welcome to JA and thanks for this question. I'm sorry to hear about your symptoms. Actually, you can develop allergies at any point in your life even if you have never had them before. This is why if you are experiencing repeated attacks of an allergic reaction then you need to determine what is the underlying cause. it can be anything ranging from the laundry detergent you wash your clothes with to the personal hygiene products that you use. It can even be a food allergy which would cause repeated attacks like these as well. Now right now you need to start taking the cetirizine regularly, use them on a daily basis even if you don't have an attack for the next 2 weeks. IF you do develop an attack while you are on cetirizine then use Benadryl at a dose of 25-50 mg. Another thing you can use when you have an attack is OTC hydrocortisone cream on the area. Also, I think you would benefit from using a short course of oral steroids for a period of 1-3 weeks.

I have evaluated your pictures and they show a classic picture of hives/urticaria which means that these are certainly allergic in nature. Now the ideal thing to do here is to get an appointment with an allergist and undergo allergy testing so we can determine what is the underlying allergen which is causing these repeated breakouts, once that is determined it can be eliminated from your surroundings and you can come off the antihistamines.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you for your prompt answer. I will do as you said and be on cetirizine for the next 2 weeks, and book an appointment with an allergist.Best

You are welcome, best of luck.