The Drs TV: Suffering From Hives All Over Body
Dr Travis Stork asked viewers to try to imagine waking up one morning and finding your skin covered in rashes. That’s been the reality for The Doctors publicity coordinator Lindsay, who spent months trying to find a solution. She shared that she’s been breaking out in horrible, itchy, painful hives for eight months. She said the hives are sometimes small and sometimes as big as a softball. She never knows what to expect, and at first thought she was just allergic to her shampoo or her laundry detergent. She said she always has to wear sweaters and pants even in hot weather to try and cover her hives.
The Doctors sent Lindsay to see allergist and immunologist Dr Marc Meth. Dr Meth said most people think hives are from an allergy, but in reality, something happened to Lindsay back in April that turned on her cells in the top of her skin, which are called mast cells, which started to cause them to spit out all sorts of chemicals like histamine. Her mast cells have been in the “on position.”
The Doctors: Xolair for Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria
He shared that there is a new medicine called Omalizumab, trade name Xolair, that is a once-a-month injection. He said most people have had significant improvements in their hives with the injection. Lindsay got the injection and he was hoping it would help in just a few days.
Lindsay and Dr Meth joined The Doctors to show that Lindsay was hive-free! Dr Meth said if you have hives for six weeks or more, they say that person has chronic idiopathic urticaria. Obviously a different treatment has to be used for those hives than with those who have hives from allergies. Dr Meth said Lindsay had hives even after trying other medications, so the medicine that suppressed the histamine worked like a charm.
Dr Meth said the condition is autoimmune-like. Dr Travis Stork said if you have an ongoing rash, you need to get it checked out with a specialist.