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Multiple allergies

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:48 pm
by Jenb2611
I am seeking advice, following many years of being treated for ibs and hay fever, I found myself requiring antihistamines year round for ongoing breathing difficulties and skin outbreaks- mainly hives and eczema. In addition I was taken unexpected reactions when eating food purchased in restaurants or prepackaged sandwiches or salads. I was initially referred to a Dietitian but the exclusion diet exacerbated my problems as I was directed to eat brassicas which seem to be a trigger. Last year I was referred to dermatology and underwent patch testing, with positive results for Balsam of Peru, Nickel and Cobalt. I have been told I have contact allergies, urticaria and eczema and food triggers. This does not fully explain to me why I am reacting to products others are wearing like perfume or scented hand sanitizer or body lotions- I find coconut products a real trigger. I am now on 540mg fexofenadine, 15 mg Xyzal, 10 mg montelukast, Piriton as required plus lotions. I have had 3 anaphylactic attacks since August 2018 so have 4 auto-injectors. My uvb treatment has been stopped due to continued hives outbreaks which leave me tired, sore and miserable. I am missing lots of time off work and would like advice about my options- are there tests or treatments which could give full answers or solutions? I control my diet in accordance with the avoid list, limit exposure to chemicals, follow prescription guidelines and don’t know what else to do.

Re: Multiple allergies

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:18 pm
by Dr Anton Alexandroff
Thank you for your question. I am so sorry to hear about your skin troubles!

For hives/urticaria - a biologic injection called Omalizumab can be very helpful. For dermatitis it is important to avoid identified allergens as you already do but in addition stronger medications like azathioprine, ciclosporin and a newer drug - a biologic injection can be very helpful.

I hope this is helpful.

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
The British Skin Foundation Spokesperson
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Re: Multiple allergies

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:33 pm
by Jenb2611
Many thanks