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Do hives get progressively worse?

Do hives get progressively worse?

No: For people that have had hives for a long period of time (more than a couple months) they may get better and worse in intensity off and on, but don't usually worsen steadily or progressively. However, they may continue for a long time, which can be frustrating. Usually, we can find a combination of medicines that controls most hives, but it can take some trial and error to find what works. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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Can your hives get worse if you are pregnant?

Can your hives get worse if you are pregnant?

Yes: Hives are due to dilated blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. In pregnancy, blood volume increases, as does the flow of blood to the skin (hence the "pregnancy glow"). Therefore, hives can worsen.... ...Read more

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When I have an allergic reaction why does alcohol make it worse and make me get hives everywhere?

When I have an allergic reaction why does alcohol make it worse and make me get hives everywhere?

Vasodilation : Alcohol has drug effect making more blood to be pumped to the skin by dilating blood vessels in the skin ( vasodilation). With hives you have leaky blood vessels in the skin and the more fluid you pump into a leaky pipe the more it leaks. Over heating, exercise, taking a hot shower and eating spicey food will do the same thing. ...Read more

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Do non-ige pseudoallergies get worse over time? I've had hives for 4 years; now know it is nsaid-related, but it hasn't worsened. Always mild hives.

Do non-ige pseudoallergies get worse over time? I've had hives for 4 years; now know it is nsaid-related, but it hasn't worsened. Always mild hives.

Chronic urticaria: Chronic urticaria is not always allergy related and can worsen with nsaids. In some cases it can be autoimmune. It is good that it has remained stable over the years and mild. A daily antihistamine should control the symptoms. It can go through flares from time to time and can remit on its own also. ...Read more

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Do allergic reactions really get worse with each exposure?Allergist said if I have only hives for reactions, chances are good it will stay only hives.

Do allergic reactions really get worse with each exposure?Allergist said if I have only hives for reactions, chances are good it will stay only hives.

Allergist is correct: Reactions are likely to be the same each time. If you know specific causes you should carefully avoid them. Carry an antihistamine at all times. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is often the best for hives. Many people need 2 or 3 at a time. ...Read more

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I have been getting hives for the past 3 days now and they seem to get worse each time. I'm taking prednisone & 2 antihistamines. What else can I do?

I have been getting hives for the past 3 days now and they seem to get worse each time. I'm taking prednisone & 2 antihistamines. What else can I do?

No scratching: Think about everything you've eaten or been exposed to in the last 3 days or viral symptoms. Sometimes they are idiopathic. Ask your doctor to check your blood counts, ANA, thyroid function if they persist and become chronic. Some dermatologists advise zantac (ranitidine) as an H1 blocker which can enhance histamine blockade of antihistamines. Singular is another idea. Aveeno oatmeal baths, cut fingernails. ...Read more

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Chronic hive sufferer whose hives get worse w nsaids. I need aspirin for variety of reasons. Dr wants to desensitize me, now that i'm on xyzal (levocetirizine). Safe?

Chronic hive sufferer whose hives get worse w nsaids. I need aspirin for variety of reasons. Dr wants to desensitize me, now that i'm on xyzal (levocetirizine). Safe?

Aspirin: If your doctor is experienced in Aspirin desensitization, you will be in good hands, ask your doctor how many he has done. There are protocols to follow. Not all allergists do this in the office. ...Read more

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Can taking allegra, zyrtec, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time cause you to have worse allergies and also get hives?

Can taking allegra, zyrtec, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time cause you to have worse allergies and also get hives?

No: It is not advisable to take 2 or more antihistamines together without md supervision. Taking multiple antihistamines together will not cause increased allergy symptoms or hives and if used properly under md supervision multiple antihistamines can control difficult to treat symptoms. ...Read more

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6yr old son has mild cold urticaria, but getting worse-why? Didnt expect it to get worse-suggestions? No hives but swollen itchy skin. Takes benadryl (diphenhydramine).

6yr old son has mild cold urticaria, but getting worse-why? Didnt expect it to get worse-suggestions? No hives but swollen itchy skin. Takes benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Needs a good work up: Thyroid disease and sarcoidosis may be associated with skin problems. So there is more than simple allergy. Also, the drug of choice for cold-induced urticaria (if this is really the case for him), is not diphenhydramine (Benadryl) but cyproheptadine (Periactin), Still, needs to see a Board-certified allergist-immunologist. ...Read more

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Do I have an ulcer? Everytime I eat my stomach hurts. At times I have no appetite to eat. I get nauseous and my hives have been getting worse.

Do I have an ulcer? Everytime I eat my stomach hurts. At times I have no appetite to eat. I get nauseous and my hives have been getting worse.

Possible relation: Between hives and stonach aches/heartburn, some hypothesize that helicobacter pylori infection which causes GERD or peptic ulcer is a hidden cause for chronic hives, see your doctor to start your management, might refer you to an Allergist/Gastroenterologist, goodluck ...Read more

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Have occasional mild hives that get worse with ibuprofen. don't know if this means i have ibuprofen allergy. if so, am i allergic to aspirin too?

Have occasional mild hives that get worse with ibuprofen. don't know if this means i have ibuprofen allergy. if so, am i allergic to aspirin too?

Probably: There is cross reactivity between aspirin and NSAIDs as ibuprofen and the like, but whether you're truly allergic to this class of medicines is yet to be sure of, visit an allergist, in the interim avoid NSAIDS and aspirin, use acetaminophen for pain and fever till sorted out ...Read more

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How can I get tested for an allergy if i can't be off prednisone long enough to have my system clear out? I recently got bronchitis.Doc put me on tessalon & an azmacort inhaler.The next day, i had hives. The next day, worse.Next day hives & swollen lips

How can I get tested for an allergy if i can't be off prednisone long enough to have my system clear out? I recently got bronchitis.Doc put me on tessalon & an azmacort inhaler.The next day, i had hives.  The next day, worse.Next day hives & swollen lips

No need: What you are describing is not necessarily an allergy. Some individuals develop hives when they acquire a viral infection. Allergy testing is of no value in this case. You can always have a rast blood test, which is inferior to the skin test, but i still do not see the need for it in your case. The hives should subside once the infection resolves. ...Read more

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Why does dermatographic (or idiopathic chronic) urticaria tend to get worse at night / before & during sleep? When I wake up, it's much less severe.

Chronobiology: When one wakes up, the body is pumped with with epinephrine( norepinephrine) and steroid to prepare for hunting or gathering. These agents need to be mostly shut off at night to allow you to fall asleep . Since both of these agents counter itching and hives, they can account for what you have observed. There may be other factors involved but this is the simplest explanation. ...Read more

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I have had chronic urticaria (for over 2 years), have had fluctuating thyroid results (also high antibody levels) with a family history of hypothyroidism. I also get ill frequently and often get severe fatigue for no specific reason but is worse on exerti

I have had chronic urticaria (for over 2 years), have had fluctuating thyroid results (also high antibody levels) with a family history of hypothyroidism. I also get ill frequently and often get severe fatigue for no specific reason but is worse on exerti

See internist: If you are taking enough thyroid pill, your fatigue is not related to it. Are you taking something like hydroxyzine or benadryl for your hives? If yes, these are the likely cause for your fatigue. You need to get a workup to rule out anemia and possibly another autoimmune disease or asthma. A recent study found that nearly 20% of all cases of fatigue are related to depression. ...Read more

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How exactly do you get hives?

How exactly do you get hives?

An allergic reaction: Hives occur when mast cells release histamine. Histamine makes nearby nerve endings fire causing the sensation of itching & iincreasing blood flow causing redness. Small veins leak plasma (the liquid part of blood) causing local edema - that's the white bump. Hives lasting 6 weeks or less are usually caused by a virus or an allergic reaction to a food, medication, insect bite or sting. ...Read more

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How do I get relief from hives?

Avoid: Avoid the causative agent. Use an over the counter antihistamine such as Cetirizine in adequate dose. Cool compresses, avoidance of heat and irritants. Consider additional agents if these don't work. See your doc. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives while exercising?

Why do I get hives while exercising?

Urticaria: Cholinergic urticaria is a rash brought on by physical stimulus. The stimulus might be heat but thought also to be sweating. Hives last a short time. It develops usually in response to exercise, bathing, in heated environment, or emotional stress. ...Read more