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    Hello all! I have been experiencing severe facial swelling with deep sores and hives.

    I went to my doctor to see if i could get him to give me beta blockers along with an antihistimine. He wouldnt give me the beta blockers because of too many side effects.

    So... he told me to try a new antihistimine. Allegra... any experience with positive results?

    anybody experience side effects with beta blockers that were negative?

    any info would be greatly appreciated... thanks liz

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    Hi. Allegra is not new, well not in the US anyway. Just becareful with Allegra as side effects can be respitory infection. I use to be on this a long time ago for my allergies, I did not like it that much. I prefer zyrtec or claritin...Jenn
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    Hi Smudge,

    I have been on allegra for a long time for my allergies and I like it. Before allegra I tried zyrtec and claritin but allegra worked best for me.

    Beta blockers do have many bad side effects and my doc won't put me on them either. I tried Clonidine last year and it really worsened my Raynaud's so you do need to be careful of all of these systemic meds.

    Good luck!
    Melissa

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    If your hives last longer than 6 week, you may have what they call chronic urticaria (chronic hives). If that happens your doctor may want to have some blood work done to see if they can find out what is causing it, or possibly even allergy testing. Is it only on your face?

    Everyone responds differently to antihistamines. For me, Allegra made me feel flu-like symptoms, Zyrtec made me dizzy, and the new Xyzal made me tired! Xyzal worked really well for my symptoms, though. I am currently on Claritin, and it works fine.

    There are two kinds of histamine blockers. H1 blockers include Allegra, Zyrtec, etc. H2 blockers include Pepcid, Zantac, etc. You can call your doctor and see if you can take an H2 blocker at well. (I take Claritin and Zantac 150).

    There are many "cocktails" of medications for hives. Your doctor should be able to help you find one that can get your symptoms under control.

    Hope you get relief soon!

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    Thanks for all of the information guys! I do believe i have the chronic urticaria. Neither my derm. or my regular doctor will prescribe me the beta blockers. They claim its too dangerous.

    My doctor gave me Xyzal to try. Hopefully that will work.

    I'm getting swelling in other areas of my body too so my doctor is sending me for a blood test looking for a variety of causes.

    thanks for all of the responses! - liz

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    Check out this website:

    http://www.chronichives.com/

    It has a lot of great information and there is even a yahoo group to join if you have questions about getting testing done/diagnosing your problem, and just general info./support.

    My allergist is currently treating me for chronic hives, although I don't get "hives". My issues are a little different, but same treatment. I've gotten a lot of great info from this site.

    Good luck!

    ~J

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    I took allegra for about a year or more (I dont really remember). I think it probably helped my rosacea a little and it certainly did not worsen my condition. I stopped taking it and switched to Singulair. I think Singulair may have made my redness worse and I think I might switch to Zyrtec OTC.

    Oh and I took Propanolol and it only seemed to help for a week or so. Beta-blockers havent helped me all that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge
    Thanks for all of the information guys! I do believe i have the chronic urticaria. Neither my derm. or my regular doctor will prescribe me the beta blockers. They claim its too dangerous.

    My doctor gave me Xyzal to try. Hopefully that will work.

    I'm getting swelling in other areas of my body too so my doctor is sending me for a blood test looking for a variety of causes.

    thanks for all of the responses! - liz
    Have you started the Xyzal yet? I found it worked best for my symptoms, but it made me really tired. My doctor switched me to Claritin. It works okay, but I think I prefer the Xyzal. I'd rather be a little tired than a little itchy!

    Also, you should talk to you doctor about an H2 blocker as well. I know many hives sufferers get relief from a combo of Zantac 150 and Zyrtec (Xyzal is Zyrtec's "cousin") so the Z/X combo might help you, too.

    Other meds, such as doxepin and atarax are supposedly helpful as well. Hope you find relief soon.

    Good luck!

    ~J

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