I have had what the doctors THINK chronic urticaria. I started getting really itchy rashes on my stomach, arms, armpits, buttocks, thighs and back. The first time I went to the doctors I was told I had eczema and was given skin cream. None of this cream and rashes started to worsen. I went to a different doctors who give me anti-histemines at first (which never worked) and then progressed to prescribe me stronger anti-histamines, some kind of steroids and some form of medication that slowed down the digestive system. In the meantime he had taken bloods and was waiting for the results. I stated taking the medications and after 1 week the symptoms decided to clear. I think this was the steroids as I stopped taking the anti-histmines after they were a little sedative and a new job meant I had to turn up fresh. I would just like to add that during the time of symptoms I felt unusually stressed, tired and had very little patience with things. The blood results came back the doctors said I had an unusual high amount of the Ige antibody (4 nearly 5 times the normal) and he said it must be some kind of allegry. At the times the steroids worked and I was happy. I was advised to slowly come off the steroids (obvious reasons) and the itchy rashes came back instantly. I have tried countless home remedies to no avail. After a few months passed by the rashes did calm down. In fact minimised to the odd small itchy bump on the skin or back that was hackable. This lasted for around 3 nearly 4motnhs and they have started to come back. The small itchy single bump then turns into a rash. They have started to come back under the arms, folds of the arms and back. I've figured it's only a matter of time before it spreads again like it did previously. I'm actually praying it doesn't. I've tried an elimination diet. Soap free products, daily moisturising, no moisturising at all. Cold showers, warm showers, sun, no sun. I've tried everything I can think of. I am about to go back to the doctors for more help as it is seriously starting to have serious impairment on my life. Also I am starting to feel very tired, fatigued, short tempered and even slightly depressed about it. I need some form of clarification even if I know what it is I will feel slightly more at ease. The fact I have no idea what this could be or how to help deal with it is driving me crazy.
I missed out that the doctor thought it was Chronic Urticaria but I think something else maybe. Unless the moods changes are linked to something I'm not sure that this is urticaria, also the rashes I get when flared up do look similar to urticaria but not enough to convince me (hives)
Any kind of help, previous experience or stories will be greatly appreciated. I will attach a photograph of the rash now but please remember this is just the beginning of what I think is to come and also look like nothing compared to when they are flared up.