Zyrtec Antihistamine -Dermographism Treatment - Thyroid Problem
by Mary C
After two weeks of welts every time I scratched, I went online and diagnosed myself with dermographism. A dermatologist confirmed it two days later. He told me to go on Zyrtec and I have been living on the generic version of Zyrtec (since it is cheaper) at half a pill every morning. It works great - really. Then I went to an immunologist/allergist. He confirmed the diagnosis of dermographism and the prescription for treatment was correct. He also told me that:
- I would have to live with dermographism for the rest of my life
- I probably had a thyroid problem, but there was no need to go to an endocrinologist.
Since my mom, aunts, uncles, and cousins all have thyroid problems, including thyroid cancer, I immediately called the endocrinologist's office. I talked her into treating me with Synthroid in hopes the welts would go away and to treat my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Six months later I am on 75 mcg Synthroid AND 5 mg Zyrtec with no changes. At least the Zyrtec works and my thyroid is being treated. I continue to surf the internet in hopes of finding something else because I would rather find the reason for this thing to stop it than treat it with a pill for the rest of my life. I think that's what the doctors are doing - just covering the symptoms rather than treating the cause. I HATE THAT.
I tried the vitamin D theory since I also have Costochondritis (upper rib pain), but my levels are normal and even after self-treating for a few months, there were no changes, although the Costochondritis is 75% better. I tried the vitamin B12 theory, again no changes after a month. I guess the allergist was right - I'm stuck with this for the rest of my life. I just hope the Zyrtec keeps working. If I come across anything I will be sure to spread the word.