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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

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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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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 don't itch?

I have Aquagenic urticaria. Is there any medicine to control it. Skin is painful n red after contacting with water. But skin don't 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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How can I treat urticaria?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines are the primary treatment for hives. Long acting ones like zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) are often effective and easier to take than short acting ones like benedryl. If the hives are persistent or recurrent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I manage urticaria?

Antihistamines: The primary way to manage hives (urticaria) is with over the counter antihistamines (cetirizine) or prescription antihistamines (hydroxyzine). If your hives have been present for more than 3-4 weeks, I would recommend seeing your physician asap. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have urticaria?

What can I do if I have urticaria?

Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful for acute hives. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward. ...Read more

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How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

Examination: Examination of the skin or pictures of the skin during an outbreak. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have urticaria?

What does it mean if I have urticaria?

Hives: Urticaria is simply the medical term for hives. It can be classified as acute (short term) or chronic (greater than ~6 weeks). Acute urticaria could be due to (but not limited) to allergic or infectious in nature. In contrast, chronic daily hives are not typically due to an external allergy. ...Read more

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What to do if boyfriend has urticaria?

What to do if boyfriend has urticaria?

Not contagious: You are not at risk of catching urticaria from your boyfriend. The best thing you could do is be gentle with him, scratch his back, and get him some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) :-). ...Read more

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I am suffring from chornic urticaria last 15 years.

See below: You may want to consider being tested for celiac disease---there are cases of chronic urticara associated with it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have urticaria or something else?

Urticaria: Your doctor can help you answer your question by examining your skin lesions ...Read more

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Will urticaria kill me?

No: Urticaria (hives) won't kill. Just don't take both hands off the steering wheel to scratch. Anaphylaxis is a much more severe allergic reaction that includes hives with laryngospasm (a choked off windpipe) or shock. These things can kill you but anaphylaxis is quite uncommon compared to hives. ...Read more

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What's cold contact urticaria?

What's cold contact urticaria?

Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube on your skin you will develop a hive at the site (see photo). Keep warm, cover skin in cold air, take antihistamines. Swimming in cold water and cold drinks can be fatal. See an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What's cold contact urticaria cure?

What's cold contact urticaria cure?

Heat, antihistamine: First avoid temperatures colder than the temperature which causes your hives. Second cover as much of your skin as possible. Third, because the hives are due to the release of histamine in your skin when it cools, antihistamines will minimize or control the symptoms. See an allergist. Avoid swimming in cold water and drinking cold drinks to prevent potentially life threatening reactions. ...Read more

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