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How is chronic urticaria of children resolved? With allergy testing?

How is chronic urticaria of children resolved? With allergy testing?

See below: Allergy testing may hold an answer. However, with chronic urticaria, less than 5% of the time is a cause found. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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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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What causes chronic hives?

What causes chronic hives?

Chronic Urticaria: Agree with Dr. Al Hegab. The cause of chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is currently unknown. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients. Screening labs can be drawn by Allergist to see if hives caused by autoimmune condition including thyroid disorder. Typical screening labs include CBC/diff, CMP, TSH, ESR/CRP. ...Read more

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What major illnesses can cause chronic hives?

Chronic urticaria: Chronic urticaria and angioedema is a common condition. Most patients have no underlying disorder. Some illnesses that have been linked to chronic urticaria include: chronic infections (HIV, Hepatitis, parasitic infections, H.pylori), autoimmune disease (lupus), thyroid disorders, and malignancy. ...Read more

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Could I get some serious help with my chronic hives?

Could I get some serious help with my chronic hives?

Yes!: An Allergist can help. In fact, there is a new treatment known as Xolair that was recently approved for hives and is doing wonders for difficult-to-treat patients in our practice. This is just one of many potential strategies. With hives, treatment often must be highly individualized: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/skin-allergy.aspx ...Read more

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Chronic hives(unknown cause). How do I figure out what it is?

Chronic hives(unknown cause). How do I figure out what it is?

You probably can't.: The vast majority of chronic hives ends up being defined as chronic idiopathic angioedema, which in english translates as "hives of unknown origin." most likely, most of these patients have chronic autoimmune urticaria, meaning that the hives are caused by the immune system acting against the body. I do not find the labs to evaluate this condition to be particularly helpful. ...Read more

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What are chronic hives, and what is the best way to manage them?

Tough problem: Chronic hives last more than 6 weeks with treatment. Consistent suppression with Claritin in the am and Benadryl in the pm or any combination of anti-histamines may help. Stop any herbal or homeopathic drugs which can trigger hives. If unresponsive, avoid oral cortisone chronic use. Too many side effects. I use CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) 500mg twice daily for chroic urticaria. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between acute hives and chronic hives?

How do you know the difference between acute hives and chronic hives?

6 weeks: If hives occur daily for 6 weeks, they are chronic. If the frequency or duration is less than that are still considered "acute". ...Read more

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I have hives for last 10-12 years. Any permanent solution for chronic hives?

I have hives for last 10-12 years. Any permanent solution for chronic hives?

Yes and no: Hives are one of the most difficult skin eruptions to determine the source of. The only permanent way to "cure" hives is to treat the underlying cause. Hives are labeled as either acute (less than 6 weeks) or chronic (more than 6 weeks) . The longer hives are present the less likely it is to identify the cause which are epic in numbers. Read about Xolair and hive treatment. Just FDA approved. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with chronic hives for about 10 years, wondering if there's anything i can do to reduce symptoms?

I've been dealing with chronic hives for about 10 years, wondering if there's anything i can do to reduce symptoms?

Perhaps: Unfortunately, sometimes hives last for decades. The usual medications like antihistamines (h1 and h2) are first line. Some patients can have improvement with montelukast and recently the medication Omalizumab injection was shown to help with hives. (it's approved for asthma currently). An allergist can review the list of treatments and find one that may help. It's frustrating--hang in there! ...Read more