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dermatological, maybe allergy problem (urticaria) - cannot tell for sure. what should i do?

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Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Take antihistamines: If your urticaria has an obvious cause, like peanuts or shrimp, or if you are experiencing lip swelling, tongue swelling, trouble breathing or light-headedness you should see an allergist. Otherwise, try taking an otc antihistamine like Cetirizine or fexofenadine once or twice a day. The urticaria will often resolve on its own over time. If this doesn't work, see a doc.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
See derm or allergis: You should see dermatologist or allergist. In fact you might have to see both.

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What makes hives come out, and do the different types of allergies cause different sizes or different types of hives?

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What allergies are the most likely causes of urticaria?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Urticaria: Milk, cheese, egg, protein products, wheat, cereals, certain daals as used in india, peas, orange, fish, chicken, etc. Synthetic and natural food additives and artificially-flavored food articles can cause urticaria. However, medications, environment allergens, infections, infestations, emotional factors, autoimmune diseases, systemic and general disease states and idiopathic causes.See allergist.

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