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Has she any idea what it might be herself? Any new products, washing stuff, changes to diet, stress, pets, etc? Did the antihistamines help? Might be worth trying an older antihistamine like Piriton as may be better for skin rashes and help sleep Has she been back to GP since getting steroids? They may want to run blood tests if it is not settling
But 'natural remedies' without knowing what's going on - doesn't sound a great idea. If you can find a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists within reach, that could be a practical and responsible way to get help.
Y husband has had this for around two years now. Idiopathic urticaria- just developed a really nasty, itchy, blistering rash. He has never had tests of any sort but saw a dermatologist a couple of times. There are triggers - dermatologist thinks it was initially dye for angiogram that started it off - but we've changed to all hypoallergenic toiletries and washing powder. Heat makes it worse. Chlorine makes it worse. Stress makes it worse. Strong antihistamines (Fexofenadine) help, steroid cream helps, keeping it moisturised and stopping skin from drying helps. Cotton clothes are better. It drives him potty and interrupts sleep to,the point he got sent to the spare room. Horrid but not particularly serious.
I understand everyone's concern but she's got a good GP. They're treating and assessing her well, it's not really helping to keep telling me she probably has liver problems. She's discussed it with the GP, it's not that kind of rash/itchyness. Really I was hoping for more tips such as those from Crumbs (for example, I read lemon juice helps I suspect it doesn't and also that oats help etc...)
I had the same thing, the lack of sleep caused by the itching was almost worse than the itch. I used every single cream I could find, and nothing helped at all. I was referred to a dermatolist and prescribed two strong antihistamines - atarax and ceterazine which finally worked. the only other thing that soothed it at all was aveeno shower oil, which I get on prescription, but you can buy in chemists - it's about £9 a bottle though, so I get 4 bottles per prescription