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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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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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Which allergies cause urticaria?

Which allergies cause urticaria?

Any allergy can.: Urticaria (hives) is due to true allergy only 10% of the time. Any type of allergy can cause the skin rash. Foods & drugs are the most common. Other causes can be physical (direct pressure on the skin; cold; change in skin temperature) or underlying diseases like thyroid or auto-immune disorders, infections, cancer, etc. Urticaria that lasts up tp 4 weeks is considered acute. Longer is chronic. ...Read more

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Can sun urticaria cause anaphylaxis?

Can sun urticaria cause anaphylaxis?

Not usually: Solar urticaria is not usually associated with anaphylaxis but cold urticaria may. Perhaps extensive exposure can cause problem but most people would have had a sunburn before further complication develops. ...Read more

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Lupus and chronic hives, related?

Lupus and chronic hives, related?

occasionally: Occasionally people with lupus get hives, but most people with hives do not have lupus. ...Read more

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Are allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis chronic?

Are allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis chronic?

Usually: Although many people with allergic rhinitis only have symptoms during the peak pollen seasons depending on what they are allergic to. ...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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Chronic urticaria not responding to antihistamines ?

Urticaria: You may need to add a steroid cream to alleviate your symptoms. Have you had allergy testing done? have you seen a dermatologist? Use a non scented soap and lotion as not to further irritate your skin. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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Can chronic anxiety cause itchy hives on chest?

Can chronic anxiety cause itchy hives on chest?

Possible: Anxiety and stress have been known to induce or aggravate hives. However this diagnosis is usually made after the common causes have been ruled out. The most common type consists of small red itchy bumps called cholinergic urticaria. ...Read more

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Treatment for chronic urticaria?

Treatment for chronic urticaria?

Chronic urticaria: can be very tough to control, but treatment modalities are present, different protocols are used, needs first to be diagnosed right as so many types are there, chronic idiopathic urticaria is only diagnosed after exhausting all possible causes, and still there's treatment to control it, takes time, and compliance is important, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more

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Does chronic hives signal possible future anaphylaxis reaction?

Does chronic hives signal possible future anaphylaxis reaction?

No: These are two separate entities. It is often difficult to identify the cause of chronic hives, and less often for anaphylaxis. But unlike some other allergic phenomena, there is no progression from hives to anaphylaxis. The best step you can take is to see an allergist to try to understand why you're having hives. ...Read more

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Is non-allergic rhinitis a chronic condition?

It usually is: Unless the problem is caused by medication, thyroid disease, hormonal changes(pregnancy ), or aspirin-sensitivity. Then one would expect the problem to resolve once the underlying condition has been treated. ...Read more

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What causes hives besides allergies?

What causes hives besides allergies?

Several causes: The most common causes of hives are allergy, autoimmunity, and physical stimuli. Foods or drugs can cause hives - peanut and shellfish are common food allergens, and Ibuprofen and penicillin are common drug allergens. Some hives are due to physical stimuli such as cold, heat, pressure or stroking of the skin. ...Read more

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Is Cholinergic Urticaria dangerous?

Is Cholinergic Urticaria dangerous?

No: Cholinergic urticaria (CU) is one of the physical urticaria (commonly referred to as hives), which is provoked during sweating events. Sometimes, this can be called a "heat rash." by some doctors. This is not a dangerous condition. ...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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Macular rash or urticaria?

Easy question: Macules are flat. Papules are raised above the surrounding level of the skin. Hives are itchy papules where each hives lasts less than 24 hours. Hives often last for days to weeks but an individual hive lasts less than a day, resolves without leaving a mark on the skin, and may be replaced with other hives. ...Read more

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Citalopram allergy = hives?

Citalopram allergy = hives?

Very rare: According to fda data less than 1% of individuals develop urticaria (hives) or anaphylaxis with citalopram. Citalopram can be ruled out as the cause of any anaphylaxis, skin rash or hives you develop after you have been on it for over 1 year. ...Read more

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Can a chronic urticaria causes lung spots?

Can a chronic urticaria causes lung spots?

Hives that warn: Not the urticaria, but occasionally urticaria can be associated with conditions that can show chest x-ray changes such as infection, hodgkin's lymphoma, and other cancers. You need to pursue this immediately! ...Read more

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How can I treat(cure) heat allergies (cholinergic urticaria)?

How can I treat(cure) heat allergies (cholinergic urticaria)?

Antihistamines: Cholinergic urticaria (hives) is caused by increase in core body temperature with triggers like exercise with sweating, strong emotions, and bathing in hot water. Identify and avoid known triggers, avoid bathing in hot water and performing strenuous exercise during hot weather. Can take non-sedating antihistamines 1-2 times daily. Allergist can perform methacholine challenge in office to confirm. ...Read more