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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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
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
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 as an H1 blocker which can enhance histamine blockade of antihistamines. Singular is another idea. Aveeno oatmeal baths, cut fingernails. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Safe?
Can taking allegra, zyrtec, and Benadryl 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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