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Aquagenic Urticaria Death
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: It is usually confined to the skin. I presume that you are not talking about cold urticaria. ...Read more
I've been told I have aquagenic urticaria because of my symptoms. When it's a hot day, same symptoms (red rash, itchy) happens too. Is it related?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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