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Hives 4 week, steroid pack worked for 2 days. I catch every bug & have all over inflammation. Rume says mechanical but has no explanation for why?

Hives 4 week, steroid pack worked for 2 days. I catch every bug & have all over inflammation. Rume says mechanical but has no explanation for why?

Multiple causes: Steroids are very helpful for a vasculitis and some allergic and autoimmune hives. Lower sedating antihistamines such as Cetirizine (zyrtec) can often be very useful. Antibiotics can cause hives as long as two weeks after completing the antibiotic but can persist for 6 months. If hives persist for 6 weeks, physicians most of the time do not have an answer. Most long term hives are autoimmune. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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What are hives?

What are hives?

Itchy, red, raised.: Hives are itchy, red, raised lesions on the skin and they usually happen after contact with or ingestion of something you're allergic to. Try some benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cold packs, and see your doctor if they get worse! ...Read more

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What are hives?

Skin rash : That is characteristically raised, evanscent, and itchy. ...Read more

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What causes hives?

What causes hives?

Many causes: There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, stress, cold temperatures, and exercise amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. For further evaluation and management, consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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What causes hives?

What causes hives?

Many causes: There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, stress, cold temperatures, and exercise amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning no known cause. For further evaluation and management, consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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Are hives chronic?

Are hives chronic?

Depends: Hives can be acute and last less than 1 day- 1 week or they can be chronic lasting greater than 6 weeks. Acute hives often have a trigger- such as food, medication, bug bite, venom sting, or pet allergy. However, they can also coincide with infections and the cause may not be easy to identify. Hives that are chronic >6 weeks require evaluation by an allergist and often have no known cause. ...Read more

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How to trat hives?

How to trat hives?

Avoid and take meds: Hives are generally treated by removing the offending trigger and taking antihistamines ( loratadine, Cetirizine or fexofenadine) or glucocorticoids if lesions are severe. ...Read more

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What causes hives ?

Anything: Just about anything and everything can cause hives. Despite this we never determine the cause in many cases of chronic hives. Treatment is the main approach. For many people the hives eventually go away. ...Read more

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Is hives permanent?

Well....: I think you mean to say will you keep getting hives "forever"? If you are clearly get hives when you come into contact some "offending agent" then every time you come into contact with it yes, you will get hives, and maybe worse. However, a lot of the time we are not able to determine why you get hives (or to what). See your dermatologist or allergist if it continues to be a problem. ...Read more

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What can cause hives?

What can cause hives?

So Many Causes: There are a number of potential causes of hives (urticaria) which include: viral infections, parasitic infections, IgE-mediated allergic reactions like bee stings, medication allergy, latex allergy, food allergy, transfusion reactions, and contact reactions. Some meds/products can induce hives like narcotics, radiocontrast media, muscle relaxants, stinging nettle, physical stimuli, and foods. ...Read more