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Hives And Hormones
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Facial redness/hives/swelling that burns and covers my whole face this always coincides when I'm due on a period could I be allergic to my hormones?
Autoimmune: Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis is a rare skin condition of woman that recurs premenstrually. The skin rash is and autoimmune response to the body's own progesterone see>http://bit. Ly/1UCPtV4 The condition may improve with topical steroids and antihistamines and occasional systemic corticosteroids.The production of progesterone can be suppressed with hormones. ...Read more
I'm 7 weeks pregnant and suddenly developed horrible hives all over my arms and legs. Do they go away after my body is use to the hormone change?
Possibly: Pregnancy can cause all sorts of hormonal and other changes. Cetirizine and Loratadine are pregnancy class b, so these can be safely used during the pregnancy if the hives do not resolve on their own within a short period of time. Your OB and allergist can work together to help in this circumstance. ...Read more
I have had chronic urticaria for the last 13 year's. I often asked many of the doctors I had to see if it could be connected to my hormones......
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
Well....: I think you mean to say will you keep getting hives "forever"? If you are clearly get hives when you come into contact some "offending agent" then every time you come into contact with it yes, you will get hives, and maybe worse. However, a lot of the time we are not able to determine why you get hives (or to what). See your dermatologist or allergist if it continues to be a problem. ...Read more
Find trigger first: If a trigger for the hives is found, this should be avoided. If no obvious trigger, antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) allegra, zyrtec are indicated for treatment of hives. An allergist can assist in finding the trigger and developing a treatment plan for the hives. Sometimes different doses of antihistamines are used or combinations with other medications are used to obtain control. ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Take 50 mg (two tabs) every 6 hours. Also, take tagamet or another h2 blocker (yes, for the stomach) like Zantac or pepcid. Claritin or another antihistamine will also work in conjunction with benadryl (diphenhydramine). The best addition is prednisone, but this requires a prescription. Your hives should clear in 5 days or so. If they last longer, check in with your doctor. ...Read more
Don't panic: Hives are pretty common affecting 25% of the population. They are itchy and can be prominent but are not life threatening. Triggers of acute hives includes food allergy, medication allergy, insect sting or bite and sometimes infections. Typically an antihistamine such as claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec or Allegra can bring relief. To help identify the trigger, see an allergist, so it won't happen again. ...Read more
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
Allergic response: Hives are swollen, usually reddish and occasionally donut shaped skin lesions related to exposure of your body to some allergic item (drugs, environmental chemicals, internal response from no actual known cause). They are treated by removal of the exposure and anti-allergic drug administration. If recurrent your allergist can help determine the cause and best response. ...Read more
Some systemic conditions like autoimmune disorder, allergy, atopic disease, other chronic diseases like diabetes etc, and certain cancer can have some skin manifestations- may be in the form of hives, rash, nodules, discoloration etc.
If you have some hives, and you don't know why- discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Hives: If you are looking for a medicine to start while waiting to follow up with an allergist or dermatologist, I prefer zyrtec 10 mg at night otherwise known as cetirizine. Bjs and costco have good pricing. If they lead to swelling or facial/throat symptoms, you should see your physician immediately. ...Read more
Dr can examine, test: To evaluate urticaria (hives) that come more than one time, a doctor can first examine and talk with the patient. Then blood tests can be done, to check for abnormalities in the blood, as well as for antibodies to foods or other possible allergens causing the urticaria. At an allergist's office, skin tests can be done to look for reactions to possible allergens causing the hives. ...Read more
Immune system alert: For some reason (often it is mysterious even with best efforts to identify the agent) some people's immune systems go into an emergency alert mode and send out defensive weapons to protect you from what it feels as a threat. Unfortunately, it usually is an over-reaction and causes more problems for you. If your dr agrees - a daily benedryl may help. Be ready with an epi-pin & 911 for emergency! ...Read more