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how can i test for hives?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Dr can examine, test: To evaluate urticaria (hives) that come more than one time, a doctor can first examine and talk with the patient. Then blood tests can be done, to check for abnormalities in the blood, as well as for antibodies to foods or other possible allergens causing the urticaria. At an allergist's office, skin tests can be done to look for reactions to possible allergens causing the hives.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Test for Hives???: There are specific labs that can be ordered to try to determine the cause in chronic urticaria, but usually nothing in the acute phase. Skin testing is useless since you already have hyper-reactive skin and you will test positive whether you are allergic or not.

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When do I need to get my baby a hearing screen?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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At birth!: It is now recommended universally for babies to be screened for congenital hearing problems right after birth. This should be done at the hospital your baby is born at and you should receive a written report. If this was not done or if you ever have any concerns about your child's hearing, request that your doctor refer you to a pediatric audiologist.
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Usually testing is done in the first 24-48 hours of birth.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How are hives treated if itchy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Itchy hives: The itching associated with hives is usually responsive to at least some extent to oral antihistamines, but often require higher than standard doses.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What could be causing my recurring hives, welts?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Wish we knew: That is a question that as an allergist is very perplexing. In most people with chronic hives (ciu), hives going on for longer than 6 weeks, we do not find an external cause. Rather most people with ciu have very sensitive mast cells and basophil cells that readily release histamine causing the itching, reddness and swelling. Consider seeing a board certified allergist for evaluation & treatment.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

I am suffering from urticaria hives. My doctor have tried anti histaminics but of no use. Ige test values were on higher side. What should I do?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Chronic Hives: Omalizumab (xolair). This medication is normally given by injection to treat allergic asthma. It may help people who have chronic hives caused by an autoimmune response that haven't been helped by antihistamines. Only very small studies have been completed, so more clinical trials are needed.

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