My Chronic Urticaria Symptoms-Chronic Urticaria & Angiodema..Part 1

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chronic urticaria

After starting to write this post I suddenly realised my acute & chronic urticaria symptoms cover quite a bit of text and quite a lot of writing, so the following symptoms cover my earliest symptoms, from my very first urticaria symptom at 16, through too my 30′s with severe urticaria & Angiodema.

All later symptoms will be in further posts…So please check back if this subject is of interest to you

 

 

Chronic Urticaria & Angiodema

Chronic urticaria symptoms vary greatly from person to person, rather than talk in general about common urticaria symptoms I’d like to talk about my personal issues with urticaria.

My Chronic Urticaria symptoms

Hopefully some of you will be able to relate to the chronic urticaria symptoms I’m about to talk about.. OK, here goes.

As I think I mentioned my condition started out as plain old acute urticaria, at the age of 16 I developed urticaria for the first time, unlike many people I didn’t get all the little bumps which some people refer to as nettle rash, I’m sure you know what I mean.

Instead I developed a rash which started as circles, the outside of the circle looked red and was slightly raised, inside of the red raised perimeter the skin was sore and pale.

The first time I developed the condition it appeared only on the back of my wrists, sort of the pulse area, I had just one on each pulse. I remember taking a trip to the doctor with my mum, and I clearly remember the doctor saying that it looked like ring worm, this was plausible at the time as we did have a cat.

Acute Urticaria-Urticarial Wheals

Anyway as this site is about urticaria, you can probably guess that the doctors diagnosis was incorrect, I sure wish it had just been ring worm. My acute urticaria episodes remained infrequent for 2 or 3 years, nothing major, the occasional rings and bumps, but nothing to really worry about.

Latter as I grew older my urticaria condition grew much worse, I don’t think it would have been considered chronic urticaria at that point as the outbreaks were not daily or even weekly, but they did become serious and very debilitating.

I cant be sure what the catalyst was for the more severe chronic urticaria attacks as I got older, although I do remember that these more severe urticaria attacks seemed to become more frequent as I started to drink alcohol in my early 20′s.

The symptoms of these chronic urticaria attacks developed as follows:

Scalp became very itchy, almost like lots of little pins pricking my head, after this (within 2-3 hours) my head would start to swell, lumps would appear all over my head, not little hive type bumps but huge lumps.

It always started the same back then, the urticaria lumps would rise all over my scalp (only under my hair to start with), then the rings, which I later found out were referred to as welts or urticaria wheals would appear quickly all over my body, but instead of remaining lots of rings or uticaria wheals, they grew and expanded until they eventually met and merged with the next closest uticaria wheal, this continued until all of the wheels appeared to merge.

These urticaria wheals were similar to the rings I had on my wrists when I was younger, however the inside of the raised ring or urticaria wheal was more of a red colour.

As the urticaria wheals expanded and merged my skin seemed to swell and become very painful, especially around the joints, such as the backs of my knees and ankles, which made walking a bit of an issue.

Chronic Urticaria & Angioedema

Urticaria & Angiodema Swelled my Face and Head So Bad I Didn’t Recognise Myself

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The urticaria welts or rings covered my entire body apart from my face, the wheels would climb as far as my neck and up behind my ears. Unfortunately my face wasn’t spared, although the wheals stopped at the back of my ears and neck, my face just swelled and expanded. I remember the first time it happened I looked at myself in the mirror, what I saw was remarkable, even shocking, why?, because the reflection wasn’t one that I recognised, the swelling changed the size, shape even facial features, quite frankly it was terrifying.

After numerous tests, visits to specialist dermatologists and years of infrequent but severe attacks like the one previously mentioned I discovered I had a condition called Idiopathic Urticaria which triggered or appeared with a separate but linked condition called Idiopathic Angiodema (think I spelled that right?)

See next post for my later symptoms, I’d love to here your comments, especially if any of these urticaria symptoms are familiar to you.

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Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria-The Main Reason For Our Ongoing Urticaria .. Part 2

The term chronic idiopathic utricaria is used to describe the condition shared by many of us, what it basically means is an ongoing chronic urticaria (hives) condition which has no obvious or known trigger.

Chronic Urticaria-Traditional Urticaria Medicine.


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Chronic urticaria-Pills Won't work

The truth is there may be lots of triggers which bring on repeated episodes of urticaria, unfortunately as far as traditional medicine is concerned, Chronic Urticaria is still categorised as little more than an allergy, which I have to say really annoyed me, sure an allergy is a trivial thing, but when your face and head is covered in wheels and lumps on an almost daily basis, well then I think it’s gone way past being a simple allergy.

 

If any of this is sounding familiar, then you probably got tired of the inadequate medical help, I was taking Antihistamine for years on a daily basis which in the end offered no relief at all.

Prescribed steroids helped for a while, but we all know that you cant keep taking those things, plus they gave me a bloated face like a goldfish holding it’s breath.

Chronic Urticaria-Quick Fix

Cortisone shots, they really do take down the swelling, and although too many aren’t good for you, I did pester my doctor on a few occasions for a shot, reluctantly he obliged.

But these are all quick fixes to a problem which lies much deeper. Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria is for many (including me) a result of something called Autoimmune disease (disorder). It still takes something to trigger the condition hence the allergy connection.

I’m sure there are a few Doctors or professionals who will read this and say ?what rubbish?, & perhaps I am barking up the wrong tree, but I’m the one who lived with chronic urticaria daily for years before I learned how to address the underlying problems.

Let me know your thoughts, please leave your comments, I’ll try to answer as many as I can , as quick as I can.

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Idiopathic urticaria-What Causes Chronic Urticaria .. Part 1

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What Causes Chronic Urticaria

For many years my urticaria condition remained little more than an occasional inconvenience. I tried seeing the doctor a few times early on, but usually by the time I did get an appointment the urticaria wheels had normally gone, and to be honest the couple of times I did get to see the doctor were really just a waste of time.

 

chronic urticaria

Although they say that at sometime in almost everyone’s life they will experience an outbreak of hives (urticaria), they often forget to mention that the unlucky few may be saddled with some form of urticaria for the rest of their lives.

Chronic Urticaria Triggers

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While lots of people may experience a rash like symptom to numerous allergens such as Strawberries or Shellfish for example, lots more of us develop unsightly wheels, swellings and rashes on an almost daily basis, and with no obvious trigger. Perhaps this is you?, It was certainly me for a very long time.. you probably already know that this type of urticaria is known or referred to as idiopathic urticaria or if the condition is with you a lot then it is called Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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Article-What Causes Chronic Urticaria

Living With Chronic Urticaria

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How Acute Urticaria Turns to Chronic Urticaria

>>Natural Urticaria Treatment for Chronic Urticaria<<

 

Chronic Urticaria

Chronic Urticaria has been a constant problem for me since I was a teenager, at the age of 16 I experienced my first Uticaria attack. The symptoms I experienced then were a collection of round wheels on the back of my wrists, along with these wheels I also had some major swelling at the back of my knees.?

 

Back then my parents had know idea what the problem was and just assumed I’d been bitten by some insect or something. From that point on I suffered infrequent attacks of uticaria, which I now know is referred to as acute urticaria or acute Hives if you prefer.?

Suffering small acute uticaria flare ups wasn’t really to much of a problem as they were minor, they usually cleared up in a day or so and they only really effected me 3-4 times a year.?

My Experience With Chronic Urticaria

Unfortunately acute urticaria has a nasty habit of becoming chronic urticaria, which I’m sure you know is a whole lot different.?

Throughout this blog I’d like to share with you my experiences and content battle with chronic urticaria, I hope you find something useful. ?

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Article-Living With Chronic Urticaria