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    Uticaria / Hives & Miscarriage
    becksglenn posted:
    I gave birth to my first child a year ago. After 6 months I discovered I had a rather large ovarian cyst which, thankfully, went away after having gone back on the pill for 3 months. At the time my doctor checked my thyroid and confirmed it was within normal levels. I came off the pill and fell pregnant again at the start of May but sadly miscarried at 6 weeks. For the past six months however I've been suffering from hives. Since the miscarriage, they have become worse and now even the slightest scratch of skin or contact by a foreign object (i.e. carrying shopping bags on my arms) brings me up in huge welts. They are predominantly on my back, arms and legs but I also get rashes up my neck and, most recently, minor swelling on my face (even close to my lips). I've been taking Claritin every day but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Neither my diet nor environment has changed. I am seeing my ObGyn this week and will be requesting a referral to an allergist / endocrinologist but I wondered if anyone had experienced something similar or had any suggestions for treatment. Thank you - itchy & worried in Atlanta
    laken0706 responded:
    I'm not sure if you are still battling this issue or not with the hives but Incase you are I know what your battling and have been through this for 5 years now and can spare a little advise. I was diagnosed with Chronic Urticaria Hives this past January after years of doctors not having a clue how to treat this or much less know what it was. I have zero allergies and I have been to so many doctors, including specialists. After taking steroids, antihistamines, and creams time and time again with no lasting results I was emotionally exhausted because it literally drains you. I also get big whelps when I carry bags or pretty much anything that puts a strain on my skin. When it gets on your face, ears, and sometimes in your throat best thing to do once it gets that bad is try to get in and get a steroid shot or get a steroid pack called in. I'm finally on a regiment of medications right now that have seemed to have the best outcome so far. I take Loratadine 10mg (generic for Claritin) Famotidine 20mg (generic for Pepcid). The combination of them together somehow makes a difference. ( Just some advice, I take Claritin in the mornings and not the evenings because if you have any alcohol intake in the evenings on the medications it has a dramatic effect on you. Taking it in the mornings when I wake up is much better) I also take the Vitamin D3 1000 UI daily . The combination of them three have helped me dramatically. Also, if you are a smoker by any chance it is one of the worst things you can do for the hives. It makes them worse and can actually cause a breakout. I hope that this will help you if you are still battling this, I know how miserable it can be.

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