Skin Itching & Psychiatry

Itching all over my body for last 3 years, the scratched area becomes like a mark & inflates for up-to 1 hour then disappear. Itching would be Very aggressive sometimes, making me to scratch over & over at a particular part. But for last 6 months there is no bumps appearing while scratch, but itching still continues. I remember the itching was disappeared inbetween for some months during last 3 years, I don't know how. But presently am suffering from that. Recently I visited a homeopath doctor and was diagnosed the problem as "Urticaria" and was taking medicines from him past 6 days but no improvement, I think he has given medicine for my anxiety disorder too (for which I am taking allopathy psychiatric medicine for last 12 years) But his pills make me too sleepy and tired during mornings. Also fear that I may face another panic attack as per present condition & medication like Homeopathy & Allopathy together. Pls suggest me, the best possible way of treating this. Thanks & Regards.
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Thanks for the query. Hives are irritating and difficult to live with. Chronic urticaria is the medical terminology and needs proper assessment. The triggers should be identified. Based on your description, it appears that you have intermittent variable of chronic urticaria. These conditions have a strong relation to one's internal health and it needs to be evaluated as often quoted - Skin is the mirror of internal health. Your dermatologist will decide a treatment plan for you after a consultation which probably will include a non sedative antihistamine and some other medications based on blood chemistry. A common mistake is to take antihistamines as when and needed while it should be taken for a reasonably long time frame in urticaria whether you develop hives or not. After a certain period,its advisable to wean the treatment. Now a days modern treatment options also exists which requires once a month treatment. Hope it helps.
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