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So I'm trying a bunch of antihistamines to see what can bring down the inflammation, preferably without making me groggy all day. Here's the results so far.

I've tried:
A's Cetrizine Hydrochloride. Is supposed to work for 24 hours. Maybe helps for 2. May do nothing. Haven't taken any today
L's Phenergan/promethazine: knocks me the f**k out. Can't tell if it helps with the swelling and itching. Took one at 11 PM and I certainly woke up much worse than when I went to bed but I slept great. Can't take during the day at all due to soporific effect.
Fexofenadine hydrochloride: prescribed by the doctor, can't tell if it helps at all. Supposed to be 24 hours but I can't prove it based on results. Potentially tiring but I'm going to experiment to see if it helps (at 2 PM today).
Loratidine: says one pill works all day. Took one at 8 AM today and saw no improvement whatsovever.
Benadryl with "acrivastine:" this says you can take up to 3 day day. I took one at 11 AM and to be honest I'm not seeing a damn thing right now.

Oddly it's my friends butterbee and eglantinedreams who have done so much to make me aware that drugs work differently on different people, thus I'm recording my experiments here for other people's commentary. Can anyone think of any different medicines I ought to be trying?

Tomorrow I am getting an urgent GP appointment and I think I might be referred to a specialist AND get some other antihistamines. Depressingly the literature I read today said 60% of hives breakouts are just never diagnosed, so I could be one of these people. Really, I thought I hadn't been under stress for the last week, so I wouldn't have thought I was going to start getting worse again. And while being itchy and on fire doesn't seem like a big deal, it's the part where the rash spreads to my face, my eyes swell up and my throat gets tight that I'm actually really worried about - this could apparently do me in if it gets really bad. I'll consider swollen face my flag of bad things coming and will be at the doctor immediately if this happens again.

Otherwise ... waiting, medicating, and hoping. By the way if any of you ever have cat problems when you come to visit again, I promise you I can offer you ANYTHING that might help.


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Nov. 21st, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
In case you haven't thought of it, what laundry detergent do you use? Have heard many people have become allergic to Persil recently.
A got huge red welts on arms and legs a few times - never figured out what it was but all 3 times were after our cleaner had been or nursery floor cleaned, so suspected residue of cleaning product.
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I am spending the weekend in INVERNESS and if I come back all shiny clean with no allergies and then welt up Sunday night it's gonna be hammer time for the laundry detergent. That said, I used Ecover last time so I don't think it's gonna help. :-(
Nov. 21st, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
What I've heard/read about Loratedine (my partner is using it) is that for some people it takes a certain level in your body to become and stay effective. Because its peak blood levels should be in 1 or 2 hours it means that maybe a single pill one day doesn't do it for you.

DISCLAIMER: (You know) I am not a medical doctor :)
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