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I have had this hive breakout for about a year. I have seen…

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Hi I have had this hive breakout for about a year. I have seen a doctor and he told me to just take some allergy medicine but they just clear them for a day and I wake up with them again and they are becoming a pain.

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

No I'm not allergic to anything and I have tried multiple allergy medication (over the counter)

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Well no and that's what gets me.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 9 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 9 months ago

What is your age and gender?

Were any investigations done?

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 9 months ago

This is very likely to be chronic hives or urticaria. The major causes of urticaria are;

1) Foods or food additives

2) Inhalation, ingestion of, or contact with antigens

3) Drug reactions

4) Infections: bacterial, fungal, viral, and helminthic/parasites

5) Insects (papular urticaria)

6) Cold urticaria

7) Aquagenic (water) urticaria

8) Solar (Sun) urticaria

9) Chronic autoimmune (problems of immunity) urticaria

10) Chronic idiopathic (unknown reason) urticaria

So it is a sort of detective work to find the cause.

A chronic urticaria is treated as following (many have been done for you);

1) A consultation with an allergist, if not yet done.
2) Avoid foods with known food allergies.
3) Avoidance of mental stress over tiredness, alcohol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and tight-fitting garments.
4) Psychologic stress can trigger or increase itching, so taking care of those factors.
5) Night time symptoms are helped by lukewarm bathing and keeping the temperature of the bedroom slightly low.
6) Itching is significantly helped by menthol and phenol cream.
7) Non sedating antihistamines. The dose may need to be doubled or quadrupled.
8) Hydroxyzine or doxepin in night time.
9) Colchicine or dapsone is given who do not respond to above.
10) Autoimmune urticaria should be investigated and one may benefit from methotrexate or cyclosporine.

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