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How can people with aquagenic urticaria live?

How can people with aquagenic urticaria live?

Water causing hives: Aquagenic urticaria (hives) is one of the phyusical urticarias. It can often be controlled with antihistamines (an old one called Cyproheptadine - periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) especially). Also if there are angioedema symptoms injectable Epinephrine is advisable. There is no effective desensitization at this time, but sometime the symptoms clear or lessen with time. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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Is aquagenic urticaria hereditary? Who is the first person to have this and when is it? (when he/she have it)

Is aquagenic urticaria hereditary?
Who is the first person to have this and when is it? (when he/she have it)

Yes. Hereditary: Aquagenic urticaria (water allergy) is a rare condition, which causes skin breaks out in painful or itchy lesions when it comes in contact with water. It has an hereditary pattern, with location on chromosome 2q21. It is more common in females than males, and more likely to occur during puberty. There is no cure, but there are a number of treatments including antihistamines and topical steroids. ...Read more

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Can aquagenic urticaria occur on scalp?

Can aquagenic urticaria occur on scalp?

Yes: This is a rare condition and the scalp would be an usual location. The hives are quite small and resolve within an hour after water is removed. If it doesn't fit this description then it may be something else. ...Read more

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Is there any cream in south Africa that i can use to treat aquagenic urticaria?

Is there any cream in south Africa that i can use to treat aquagenic urticaria?

No: Urticaria is best treated with oral antihistamines, you may need to take one at least 30 minutes before contact with water. Creams are of little value in this case. ...Read more

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What blood work tests would you have to request to check if someone may have aquagenic urticaria?

What blood work tests would you have to request to check if someone may have aquagenic urticaria?

Non specific: There are no specific blood tests for aquagenic urticaria; however you can rule out other causes for urticaria...Cbc, thyroid functions, lupus panel, hepatitis panel, metabolic panel, complement levels, sed rate, rhuematoid factor. ...Read more

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I have Aquagenic urticaria. Is there any medicine to control it. Skin is painful n red after contacting with water. But skin dont itch?

I have Aquagenic urticaria. Is there any medicine to control it. Skin is painful n red after contacting with water. But skin dont itch?

Difficult control: It is very difficult to control this disease and no one has known the actual cause. Some try the regular treatments for urticaria with antihistamines like hydroxyzine, cyproheptadine, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Other treatments are more difficult and would need direct care or observations and not enough room here to go into all of the types. See MD-health.com for further information. I hope this helped. ...Read more

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I have aquagenic urticaria is there anything else I can do other then just antihistamine everyday? I have had it for 12 years now. 20yr old female

I have aquagenic urticaria is there anything else I can do other then just antihistamine everyday? I have had it for 12 years now. 20yr old female

No: There is no cure for this condition which may subside by itself with time You are taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) which often makes people drowsy and tired. Consider trying Zyrtec or Allegra instead and you will likely have a better quality of life. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with aquagenic urticaria still drink water?

Yes: It is usually confined to the skin. I presume that you are not talking about cold urticaria. ...Read more

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What exactly is cold urticaria?

What exactly is  cold urticaria?

Hives: Cold urticaria is the development of urticaria or hives when one is exposed to a cold environment or other cold exposure (drink, ice). ...Read more

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