Must survive for 3 days without antihistamines
November 2, 2011 10:11 AM Subscribe
I have to stop taking antihistamines for 3 days in order for my allergist to run a test. It's looking like an impossible task - I've already changed the appointment date once because my hives were too much to handle, and I'm sure I would've torn my skin off. So how can I actually do this? Any tips for surviving what looks like idiopathic urticaria?
posted by Tequila Mockingbird to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My allergist put me on a regimen of Allegra and Zantac for a week, which was working great to make me feel like a normal person. He wants to run a food allergy test to rule out any surprises, so I have to stick to Zantac and whatever else for 3 days and somehow make it. (Zantac by itself wasn't doing much.) I've tried bathing my skin in aloe, the coolness of which sometimes helps, but there's only so much of that I can do at work for example. I'm panicking just thinking about giving up the Allegra again.
They're not heat hives, stress-related hives, etc. My doctor and I ruled out everything that would make sense. I just want to make it through these 3 days and then go back to my happy pills...
Am I doomed, or are there other non-antihistamine options to deal with this crap for 3 days?