Ask The Allergista: I keep getting hives and my doctors don't know what to do!

Q:

I was introduced to your blog by a friend. I want to share with you what I've been going through and I'd like your opinion. For the past 2-3 years I've been getting random hives all over my body. More like welts but they itch like crazy. I get them on my fingers, the bottoms of my feet, my arms, my legs, even had my lips blow up a few times. I've seen multiple allergists and rheumatologists and have had multiple vials of blood drawn. The conclusion? "It just happens to some people and take Zyrtec daily to stop the flair ups."  I can't take this as an answer. Something is causing these hives. What do you think? Have you heard of this?

A:

Ok, the first thing that struck me was that in terms of testing, all you've had are vials of blood drawn... Patch testing is the way you need to go. You can search for doctors who perform them here. I saw one of the best patch test specialists in the country, Dr. Scheman. If I hadn't seen him, I'd still be covered in itchy, oozing bumps or hives as it can be refereed to. He's able to test for a very wide range of chemicals, fabrics, and more. It changed my life. There's no way Zyrtec would stop all of those reactions I was having. I take Zyrtec pretty frequently, but that's more for my seasonal and cat/dog allergies. Now that I actually know what I'm allergic to, I'm able to avoid my allergens. I could take steroids, but steroids are so intense and I really don't think it's worth it.

I highly suggest you go in for some patch testing - and not the kind where they test you for 15 different things - the kind where they fill up your entire back with patches.

In the meantime, try this Calendulis Cream. It's done wonders for me!

Hope this helps :-)

Sincerely,

The Allergista