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Skin Allergy
Anon_73221 posted:
For a few years now I develop this itching all over my body. Sometimes there may be a rash but often there is none. I also develop hives when I'm stressed out. I use a zyrtec daily and it helps. If I skip my daily dose of zyrtec for even a day the itching starts. Around that same time I was diagnosed with mild asthma which started when I had a severe sinus infection which lasted for 5 months and several rounds of antibiotics and prednisone. Now my asthma is triggered by viral colds, sinus infection, exercise and pollen (especially in the fall).

I guess my question is that since the zyrtec helps with the itching it should be allergy related right? Should I see a dermatologist or an allergist for this?
Aqua14 responded:
Most likely. If the Zyrtec is helping, then you wouldn't necessarily need to consult an allergist. However, you might want to think about starting allergy shots, which will help both with the itching and the allergen-induced asthma. I'm a big proponent of allergy shots -- I'm in my 6th year and they have really helped me.

I also had/have this skin itching. From my reading, it can be caused by allergens on the skin. Zyrtec helps me as well.

Hope this helps. Take care & good luck. Judy
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