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Doctor insights on: Chronic Urticaria And Angioedema

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Are there any serious potential complications of urticaria and angioedema?

Are there any serious potential complications of urticaria and angioedema?

Depends on cause: The risk of severe laryngeal swelling or throat swelling depends on the cause of your hives and swelling. This risk can be high in food/ drug allergy but may be low some chronic hive disorder. An accurate diagnosis can help stratify risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Johnston
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Angioedema (Definition)

Angioedema is swelling that occurs under the skin. Hives are very similar but hives occur in the skin layer. Angioedema is due to fluid leaking from blood vessels usually due to an allergy or genetic abnormality. Treatment includes steroids, ...Read more


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How do doctors treat urticaria and angioedema?

Antihistamines: Most physicians will treat urticaria with antihistamines. Often this requires higher than standard doses. In severe cases of angioedema, physicians often prescribe injectable epinephrine. Sometimes steroids are used to get the hives under control but often switched as soon as possible.It is helpful to see an allergist to try and identify any allergic triggers. ...Read more

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How long can a chronic urticaria last? Apparentely it is related with hashimoto thyroiditis.. Any idea? Its been 1year of hives and angioedemas.

How long can a chronic urticaria last? Apparentely it is related with hashimoto thyroiditis.. Any idea? Its been 1year of hives and angioedemas.

Can be a long time: The association with hashimoto's thyroiditis is generally just thought to be that people who make antibodies to one thing inappropriately (thyroid) are more likely to make antibodies to other things inappropriately (mast cell receptors which can be a cause for urticaria). Most chronic urticarias last 2 weeks to 2 months, but 10-20% can last more than 2 years. ...Read more

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22yr female. Experience the following symptoms: angioedema, chronic urticaria, anaphylaxis, bone/muscle pain etc, is this systemic mastocytosis?

22yr female. Experience the following symptoms: angioedema, chronic urticaria, anaphylaxis, bone/muscle pain etc, is this systemic mastocytosis?

Serum tryptase level: You're certainly describing an entity that sounds histamine mediated but of course can be due to other causes and mediators. Does she have urticaria pigmentosa? Have you done a serum tryptase level? To my knowledge the one definitive diagnostic is a bone marrow bx. The other lab i look at to asses a histamine mediated process is anti high affinityfc epsilon receptor antibodies. Any meds? ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have angioedema or urticaria?

Blood tests: It is not an issue for self diagnosis as it requires blood tests to diagnose angioedema. ...Read more

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Severe urticaria & angioedema every day for 10 weeks now. Allergy tests show nothing. Not responding to antihistamine, steriods, or prednisone. Help!

Hives: I assume you saw an allergist, if not please do so. When steroids and antihistamines do not help, your doctor can suggest stronger medications. Their pros and cons should be discussed first. ...Read more

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Hi I was diagnosed with have chronic urticaria, angiodema in 2011. Have had 30 anaphylaxis since I'm take antihistamines, break out in hives daily. Developing lipomas & cysts everywhere. ?

Allergist: I recommend seeing an allergist/immunologist. Often high dose antihistamines and other meds are needed to get control. Also you need to be evaluated to find out if the episodes are the urticaria/angioedema or truly anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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I've had chronic hives for 2 yrs. Dr cannot find cause. What are chances of me suffering from angioedema and having a severe reaction?

Angioedema ; hives: Sometimes it's not possible to pinpoint the cause of hives and angioedema, especially when these conditions become chronic or recur.Hereditary angioedema is a rare inherited form of the condition. It's related to low levels or abnormal functioning of certain blood proteins (c1 inhibitors) that play a role in regulating how your immune system functions. Get an allergy test and blood work test. ...Read more

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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