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When I was younger I always had extremely sensitive skin - so when I used to develop random rashes the doctor wasn't too worried, and everyone just put it down to general allergies as allergy tests pointed to no single cause. However when I was 7 my skin became constantly itchy, and bright red from where I'd always be scratching it. The doctor finally diagnosed me with urticaria and prescribed a cream; but that would only help temporarily and could not be applied at school etc. So two years later the doctor prescribed one-a-day 10mg Zirtek tablets. After two doses the itching had completely gone. Simple as that. Zirtek is amazing for this purpose - if you or your child chronically suffer from extremely itchy skin but are unsure of the cause i urge you to at least try Zirtek. It is available over the counter for £3.49 for seven tablets from Boots, Superdrug and other chemists so you will not have to look far to find it and it is inexpensive just to try. If it doesn;t help you, you will only have lost a few quid. However, if Zirtek does help, then I'd advise you to visit your GP and ask him or her for a prescription so you can get it for free or for standard prescription charge if you don't qualify for free prescriptions. I have been taking Zirtek non-stop for 8 years and the only adverse side effect I have ever experienced is a dry mouth. You may wish to try taking half a Zirtek tablet a day instead of a whole because for some people this works sufficiently. Also, periodically try completely stopping taking the tablets to see if the itching is still there - I know of someone who outgrew her condition, so theres no point taking medication unneccessarily!
If you have M.E. or simlpy suffer from exhaustion then I strongly recommend that you take an Echinacea supplement. If you are constantly tired, then your immune system is not going to be functioning properly, and you will be much more prone to colds and infections. Before taking Echinacea, because of my M.E I would frequently be stuck in bed with a cold - any illness that was going around school I would seem to pick up and take twice as long as everyone else to recover. However, after taking Echinacea for three weeks at a time (a one week break inbetween to prevent the body becoming immune to the effects of Echinacea) I began to notice that I got ill less. Eventually, I reached the point where it was rare for me to be ill with anything other than M.E, and its been that way for a year! It makes life so much more manageable. Echinacea also has the added advantage of improving Acne - though in my case not clearing it, just a mild improvement. So if you find yourself tired and constantly sick, please give Echinacea a try. You can buy Echinacea in many forms, but I have tried capsules, tea made from bought teabags (though these only have 5% Echinacea in them, so i would not advise you to use these if taking Echinacea for medical purposes) and the pure root decocted to make a tea. I mainly use the capsules simply because they are quick to take! I bought the capsules (400 capsules, 400mg Echinacea in each) for £9.99 from Holland & Barrett - they were on sale though, so I'm not sure of their usual price. The teabags were also bought from Holland&Barrett, costing around £1.50 for 20 bags. If you wish to buy the pure root, try contacting a local stockist of herbs - or you can order from the internet. The local shop I bought my Echinacea Root from (Sacred Earth, Ipswich - they also allow you to order goods from the internet:- www.sacredearth.org.uk) sells it for £2.90 for 25 grams. An end note: If you suffer from M.E.
then i strongly recommend that you take an additional supplement of Ginseng to give you extra energy!