, also known in medical terms as
, is a skin condition that is characterized by intense itching along with
red welts. It looks like a person has been stung by a swarm of bees -
only it occurs at any time without warning.
The problem for patients that suffer with chronic hives is that dermatologists
and allergists are limited in what they can offer to give lasting relief.
At Mitchell Medical Group, I believe we have found a way to provide significant
relief for those patients waiting for a solution.
In most cases of chronic urticaria, an allergist can have difficulty finding
the cause of the hives. In acute cases of urticaria it is much easier:
it could be a food a patient ate, it could be a medication a patient used
or it can be due to an infection. The simple cases you don’t need
a medical detective, it’s usually quite obvious. However, chronic
urticaria is more of a mystery. The latest research seems to indicate
it’s a mild type of
autoimmune disease that isn’t due to a food or environmental allergen. But….
I have also seen in our practice cases where the hives were due to Candida,
a yeast overgrowth coming from the digestive tract.
I mentioned that many patients I see have already seen an allergist, who
may have done conventional allergy testing for foods or environmental
allergens without any positive results. My approach is to look where others
may have not thought to check.
The thyroid gland, whether it is overactive or more commonly underactive-
hypothyroid- can be associated with hives and autoimmunity. Especially,
the condition Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
sounds like a scary condition, but it can be easily treated. In cases
where the thyroid hormones are rebalanced the hives can go away. The key
tests to look at are:
- Thyroid peroxidase antibodies
- Thyroglobulin antibodies
- Free T3 and Free T4 and reverse T3
In these difficult cases of chronic urticarial, especially those patients
that have been depended on oral corticosteroids, I have found a treatment
that is safe and effective:
Gamma globulin injections.
Gamma globulin is a product derived from plasma that contains protective antibodies from
multiple donors. It is nano-filtered so it is considered safe from viruses.
It has the antibodies that appear to block the autoantibodies frequently
causing chronic hives.
A series of 8 injections in many cases is enough to see significant disappearance
of the hives.
Please see our video testimonial.
I also put patients on an
anti-inflammatory diet that decreases the overgrowth of yeast. In addition, some patients also
benefit from antifungal medications and sublingual Candida drops for long
If you suffer from chronic hives, please check all your options: a solution
- Dr. Dean Mitchell
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