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A 29-year-old female asked:

what sort of test i have to get done to find out the cause of urticaria allergy that i have?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Skin and blood tests: 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. HENRY LEGERE
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Usually none : Depending on the specifics of your reactions you might not need labs or testing at all. Hives can usually be controlled with an aggressive antihistamine regimen with or without the addition of a cys-lt blocking medication such as singulair (montelukast). A thorough discussion with an allergist can determine whether you need any testing or not.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a solar urticaria allergy?

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Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Allergy to sun: Its a type of urticaria (hives) triggered by sun's uv rays. It is a rare condition and can cause severe discomfort to individuals with this condition when they go out in the sun. The exposed skin breaks out in red raised bumps with severe itching lasting for several hours. Sunblocks, antihistamines and limiting the time of exposure to sun can alleviate this condition.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a solar urticaria allergy?

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Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Itchy hives: Upon exposure to sun's rays the exposed skin breaks out in red raised bumps (hives) with severe itching lasting for several hours.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you treat a solar urticaria allergy?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Betacarotene: Sun avoidance, betacarotene orally, and oral antihistamines. If severe steroids.
A 23-year-old member asked:

How do you manage a solar urticaria allergy?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Sunblocker: If truly it's caused by sun, sunblockers might help, favoring the ones can block uva. Antihistamines might be used to relieve the symptoms.

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