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Recurring itchy, red swollen bumps, temporary relief with medicines, history of blood transfusion. Could that be related?

Hi I have itchy red swollen bumps like hives that keep coming back.have been to the doctor numerous times,and just get told its an allergy and given a dose of anti histamines.bumps are not itchy while takin the meds but are back as bad as ever once I m finished them.had a blood transfusion two and a half years ago following a c section,just wondering would it be anything to do with this??this is an ongoing thing for a year or more now.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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A reaction (infectious usually) following a blood transfusion taken 2.5 yrs ago is unlikely and your urticaria will be controlled on long acting non-sedating antihistamines that need to be taken for 6 weeks at least.
Blood tests such as CBC LFT TSH (thyroid profile) followed by Hepatitis infection screen (only if LFTs altered or clinically jaundiced) is indicated.
Allergy testing is unhelpful in 80% of patients with urticaria.
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