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Doctor insights on: Hives (Urticaria)

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What if you have hives/urticaria, and you tried every medication like zyrtec, (cetirizine) zentec, and a two meds I had to pay for, but I'm still breaking out?

What if you have hives/urticaria, and you tried every medication like zyrtec, (cetirizine) zentec, and a two meds I had to pay for, but I'm still breaking out?

Xolair now approved: Xolair (omalizumab) is now approved for chronic hives. It has been used for many years for allergic asthma. While it is expensive, there are programs to help cover the cost. This monthyly injection can remarkably control hives. See a board certified allergist and ask about Xolair for hives. This is the first FDA approved treatment since antihistamines. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Urticaria is the medical term, if treated by an allergist/dermatologist, adhere to the advice given. ...See more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Treating Hives (Checklist)

If you have problems breathing or swallowing, go to the ER
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Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) initially
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Consider using other antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra
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I am experiencing hives (urticaria) and swollen face. The following also describes me: Skin rash. What should I do?

I am experiencing  hives (urticaria) and swollen face. The following also describes me: Skin rash. What should I do?

Go to ER now : It sounds like you may have developed an allergic reaction. If you have a swollen face, it can get worse with swelling of your tongue and theist and airways. Please visit ER immediately to get an examination and treatment ...Read more

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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Chronic hives are rarely caused by foods. Control the itch &amp; don't worry about finding their cause. ...See more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, bumpy) and lip swelling. The following also describes me: Hives (Urticaria). What should I do?

I am experiencing  skin rash (quality: itchiness, bumpy)  and lip swelling. The following also describes me: Hives (Urticaria). What should I do?

Maybe related: This may all be manifestations of your urticaria . You will need to have clarification as to why you have urticaria . This is something you can evaluate with your physician and possibly a specialist such as a dermatologist or an allergist ...Read more

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Hives urticaria x 3 weeks. Antihistamines and prednisone are moderately effective only with consistent use. Would a skin biopsy help determine cause?

Hives urticaria x 3 weeks. Antihistamines and prednisone are moderately effective only with consistent use. Would a skin biopsy help determine cause?

No: A skin biopsy can help prove that these are hives, but usually cannot help to identify a trigger (unless you have underlying blood vessel disease called vasculitis). Prednisone should be avoided if possible because the hives can come back stronger when it is stopped. There are many potential triggers to discuss with a physician and many effective treatment options. Recommend Health Tap consult. ...Read more

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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Don't take hot showers or baths. They will make the hives and itching worse! ...See more

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I am experiencing lip swelling, hives (urticaria) and chest pain or discomfort whenever I swallow food or drink. ?

I am experiencing  lip swelling, hives (urticaria) and chest pain or discomfort whenever I swallow food or drink. ?

See your doctor: for evaluation ASAP, go to ER or urgent care, you may want to keep emergency medicines handy, as injectable epinephrine, and antihistamines, also need to check your heart, and stomach, good luck ...Read more

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What is the cure for hives aka urticaria?

What is the cure for hives aka urticaria?

Cure, hmmm: Wish there was an easy answer for hives. They have a mind of their own and don't follow a religion. Your best bet is to consult an allergist to help you determine possible triggers, but if you have chronic hives, this is going to be a tough call. Work is in progress in several studies to unlock the mystery of chronic hives. Some allergists have dedicated their careers in the study of urticaria... ...Read more

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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Do consider why you have developed hives and not just treat them. Identify and avoid! ...See more

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Can chronic dehydration cause chronic hives (physical urticaria) since water directly affects histamine production in the blood? Rehydration cure it?

Can chronic dehydration cause chronic hives (physical urticaria) since water directly affects histamine production in the blood? Rehydration cure it?

No.: dehydration is not a standard cause of hives. Of course it certainly is easy enough to find out. Frankly, NEURODERMATITIS https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/neurodermatitis/who-gets-causes is more common than association with dehydration. ...Read more

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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Hives are itchy and uncomfortable, but if you feel like your throat is closing—call 911! ...See more

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What to do if I have cold induced urticaria (hives) and would like some suggestions to help reduce my reaction.?

What to do if I have cold induced urticaria (hives) and would like some suggestions to help reduce my reaction.?

Avoidance: Avoiding cold exposure if possible. However many people need to take antihistamines to prevent symptoms. See an allergist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how psoriasis and urticaria (hives) differ?

Distinct: These are two distinct rashes by pathology and appearance. Psoriasis can have a red base with white-silver scales attached or can be pustular. Psoriasis can itch but urticaria can have intense itching. Urticaria can have the appearance of raised whelps. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Hives (urticaria) (Tip)

Blotchy itchy rash, swelling and tingling of throat, hives can be deadly! ...See more

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What are your treatment options for severe urticaria/hives?

What are your treatment options for severe urticaria/hives?

See Allergist: There are a number of treatment options for severe, refractory hives. First line is high dose non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec followed by H2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine). Montelukast can also be used as well as sedating antihistamines like hydroxyzine or doxepin. If these therapies fail there are more aggressive treatments like omalizumab, anti-inflammatories, and immunosuppressants. See Allergist ...Read more