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What is the difference between a rash and hives

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
blisters: With poison ivy you have blisters.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Immune system alert: For some reason (often it is mysterious even with best efforts to identify the agent) some people's immune systems go into an emergency alert mode and... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Many causes: Depends on whether it is short-lived or chronic. If it is under 6 weeks duration , they can be caused by food or drug allergy and even a viral infec... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, vi... Read More
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Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
Need more info: Rashes are a general term for any lesions that affect the skin and are not growths. Hives (in medical terms) are urticaria; they usually present as re... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Chronic hives: Hives usually gets worse at night regardless of the cause. Try taking antihistamine from 2 to 4 doses a day (higher than the dose for hay fever) and i... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Chronic urticaria: 'Keep' is the operative word here. Is the duration now 4-6 weeks? If so, you have chronic hives, and the issues change from finding a 'cause' (unusual... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis 31 years experience
Allergy: Try changing to hypoallergenic detergent to wash your sheets. See a allergy specialist
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Hives: Hives (urticaria) is common and sometimes you may never find the cause. Causes can be food allergies, medications, problems w your liver, infections i... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to tell: Proper assessment will require some history, an exam & possibly lab work. This could be as simple as a transient virus or a more worrisome auto-immune... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Terminology: Urticaria is an other way to say hives. So you can not have urticaria without hives. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, w... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sarkis Barupian
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Dermatitis and find : this is called pruritic dermatitis so that your skin shows an allergic reaction to the components of your sweat.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Zabawski
Dermatology 27 years experience
Maybe: Hives is a generic reaction to many different situations, including cancer. A formal evaluation by a doctor with experience in this area is recommende... Read More
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