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    Relief for urticaria
    An_246144 posted:
    I had suffered from hives for six years until one doctor (an allergist) finally discovered that it was chronic urticaria. I am allergic to nearly everything.

    My doctor prescribed me several different medications and none seemed to work. However, after the fourth try, I found that the combination of 1 zyrtec, 1 claritin, and 1 colcrys (used to treat gout...the doctor said the antiflammatory helps) almost completely cured me! I take all three of these twice a day. I can live normally now and seldomly have hive breakouts.

    Of course I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone (and you need a prescription for the Colcrys), but I thought I would throw it out there!

    **Disclaimer: I'm not a physician or in the medical field - merely a college student
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    spottyone responded:
    Hi.Thats very interesting, never heard of Colcrys. Is it Colchicine (used for gout)?
    msmstng2003 responded:
    I too have been suffering with hives. After almost 6 months I was diagnosed with Urticarial Vasculitis. Been on Prednisone, Xyzal, Claritin, Doxepin, Dapsone, and Plaquenil. I am starting a new regimen today of Colcrys twice a day, Prednisone 5 mg once a day and of course the Xyzal and Claritin once daily. I really hope this works for me. I'll keep you posted and thanks for you info.
    AussieLady replied to msmstng2003's response:
    I have been suffering a miserable food allergy to pepper (all kinds) since the beginning of 2012. Pepper is hidden in almost every prepared food and it is a challenge to continually avoid it. When I (unknowingly) eat anything with pepper in it I break out in full body hives that itch so badly I have to lay on the bed with frozen vegetables on the hives to get any relief. Which is temporary (and inconvenient) at best. My doctor put me on Prednisone (which doesn't make much difference) and a high strength hydrocortisone cream (which doesn't make any difference at all).

    I'm posting because, after trying every cream and ointment on the drug store shelf (expensive and otherwise),l I have actually found an ointment that relieves the itch for several hours. I almost can't believe it. But because it DOES really work on the itch of hives, all of you may wish to try it was well. It's a Walgreens product called "Maximum Strength Medicated Anti-Itch Cream" Enriched With Aloe & Vitamin E Net Wt 2 oz (56g). It smells a little bit like Ben Gay or Deep Heat but I don't care. It gives me relief for about 3 - 4 hours during the worst period of my hives outbreak.

    I hope it can help some of you as it has been helping me.

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