Hello everyone! I’m so glad I found this awesome resource and community.
After years of having itchy, painful rashes with no answers from doctors, I got diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria a few days ago. I got put on Zyrtec twice daily, on top of the Singulair once daily I already take for seasonal allergies and asthma.
I’ve been so drowsy that in addition to sleeping 8 hours a night, I’ve taken a 4-5 hour nap each afternoon. I guess I can’t be itchy if I’m asleep haha?! My doctor wants me to try this regime for 3-4 weeks, then if it does not work she will refer me to an allergist.
Is the drowsiness likely to improve overtime? She did warn me that I may get drowsy, but I’m not certain if it’s worth toughing out. I work 12 hour overnight shifts as a nurse and due to IBS I am not able to have caffeine without going into a flare.
I tried to have just a half cup of coffee today but all it did was make me feel ill and I still couldn’t keep my eyes open. I’m guessing I do just need to just tough it out for the 3 weeks, and if that’s the case does anyone have any ideas to keep me awake for work without caffeine?
Additionally, one of my main reasons for seeking out a doctor was that my underarms were so painful I could not put deodorant on, even ones that are hypoallergenic and aluminum free. If you get rashes in your underarms, what deodorant have you found that works without causing additional discomfort?
Thank you everyone in advance for your responses. I hope this post made sense, I feel like I’m in a fog from my new medication.