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Skin peeling in elderly woman that when peeled turns black, different areas of body, eyelids. Had hives reaction to drug. Ideas on what it could be?

Skin peeling in elderly woman that when peeled turns black, different areas of body, eyelids. Had hives reaction to drug. Ideas on what it could be?

?: Exfoliative dermatitis, meaning inflammation of the skin lleading to its falling, (exfoliation/peeling), that can happen as a type of alllergic reaction to a drug, which can explain the hives as well, which is another type of allergic reaction, please see your doctor soon, stop any drug you believe is causing this, and 63 is not elderly, take care ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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What are hives on the skin from?

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

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How do you get hives on skin settled down?

How do you get hives on skin settled down?

Several choices: The best way to control hives is with antihistamines---depending on the severity and duration, stronger medications such as Prednisone might also be considered. ...Read more

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I have hives on my skin for 3 weeks, when will they go? How long do they usually last?

Difficult to answer: Hives are usually self-limited and go away by the 6 week mark; however, some cases become chronic and can last a lot longer. ...Read more

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A itch started bout 3 months ago. Its all the time worsens at night and it's all over I will scratch until I brake skin! Eventually turns into hives?

A itch started bout 3 months ago. Its all the time worsens at night and it's all over I will scratch until I brake skin! Eventually turns into hives?

Allergy or bites?: This could be symptomatic of hives (urticaria), which may be a response to a chemical or other exposure in your life. If they're worse at night, insect bites like bed-bugs or scabies are a consideration. See your doctor so that they can evaluate the rash in person. In the interim, try some Aveeno, an oatmeal based lotion. And take a Zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before bed for the itching. ...Read more

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Lumps on my skin that have come in patches. Could this be hives?

Possibly: Hives or urticaria or raised, red and typically very itchy. They wax and wane (come and go) over minutes to hours and usually the skin returns to normal without leaving scars, bruises, etc. Deeper skin tissue swelling from an allergic reaction similar to hives is angioedema. This typically leads to lip, tongue or eye swelling. If the lumps don't itchy and not red, unlikely to be hives. ...Read more

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I broke out in hives and now I have these little ashy spots on my skin. How can I remove them?

I broke out in hives and now I have these little ashy spots on my skin. How can I remove them?

Patience: I assume that the ashy spots are where you had your hives. They may still disappear without leaving a mark, again assuming that you have not scratched violently so that those lesions are now scars. If they remain, see a physician because hives that leave scars are sometimes associated with diseases that require proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have dry skin and in the winter I develop hives when anything touches my skin or when I'm cold or when I'm exercising.?

I have dry skin and in the winter I develop hives when anything touches my skin or when I'm cold or when I'm exercising.?

Hydration & moisture: dry skin in winter is common, in your case you may have urticaria, an allergic skin condition of several types, and gets stimulated by different agents, temperature change is a powerful physical agent in such cases, you need to see a dermatologist or an allergist, meanwhile keep yourself well hydrate even in winter, moisturize your skin well right after bathing with a cream saop, goodluck ...Read more

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Non itching hives appear on skin for no reason? What could this be?

Non itching hives appear on skin for no reason? What could this be?

Rash: Hives usually present as red, raised, itchy lesions that can be small or large. "Hives" are often used non-specifically to describe many different skin lesions so I would have your rash looked at directly in order to make the correct diagnosis. Hives do tend to itch and individual lesions usually appear and resolve completely within 24 hours. See your doctor for further treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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I feel like my skin is crawling all over. No hives or bumps. No dry skin.

I feel like my skin is crawling all over. No hives or bumps. No dry skin.

Nerves?: It could be a sensation of nerves/anxiety. Do you feel nervous? Worried about something? Restless? ...Read more

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Is my skin breaking out in hives possibly related to me being very nauseous?

Is my skin breaking out in hives possibly related to me being very nauseous?

H pylori: If you suffer from acid reflux, it can cause nausea. It can be caused by h pylori that has been associated with hives. See an allergist to detemine the cause of your hives. ...Read more

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Can dermographism happen because of the chronic hives that I have? My skin seems to mark with everything that touches it.

Can dermographism happen because of the chronic hives that I have? My skin seems to mark with everything that touches it.

Yes: This is very common with chronic urticaria. Nobody really understands it. The search for the cause of chronic urticaria is occasionally rewarding, most often unsuccessful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I get stressed, nervous or my skin becomes irritated, I will break out in random hives that eventually go away. What can be the cause?

Sometimes when I get stressed, nervous or my skin becomes irritated, I will break out in random hives that eventually go away. What can be the cause?

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

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Skin gets red easily after a scratch, no inflammation. Recently got off a med that gave me hives (yesterday so med is still in system), is this why?

Skin gets red easily after a scratch, no inflammation. Recently got off a med that gave me hives (yesterday so med is still in system), is this why?

Very much possible: red skin after a scratch could be a sign that the medicine that gave you hives has some antibodies that are still active, that would wane with time, just note that medicine and write its name down to give to your doctor in the next visit, and avoid taking that medicines or the like again, ask your doctor about the precautions ...Read more

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When I scratch my skin, I develop red welts and hives this has been happening for over a year

You: You have dermatographism, a form of hives. Would see an allergist who could help you with this if not controlled by otc antihistamines. It would be best to try to figure out what is causing it, if possible. ...Read more

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I get hives when my baby's diaper touches my skin. What could this be an allergy to, exactly?

I get hives when my baby's diaper touches my skin. What could this be an allergy to, exactly?

Interesting: Does this happens with all brands of disposable diapers? Does this happen only when your skin touches the "glue" of the diaper? Does the diaper have latex on it? Once we get answers to these questions, we can give you a better answer. ...Read more

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I have a skin problem? Seems that some hives keep coming every day. What would be a good treatment?

I have a skin problem? Seems that some hives keep coming every day. What would be a good treatment?

Treating hives: Be sure a doctor has seen your rash and it is definitely hives. People who think they have hives may have other rashes. If you have hives for more than 6 weeks, they are called chronic. If they are mild and you feel otherwise well, you can start by trying to control them with antihistamines that are sold otc:cetirizine/fexofenadine/loratidine/benadryl. H2 blockers sometimes help also-ranitidine eg. ...Read more

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I'm on Amoxicillin 500 mg and after the 1st dose my skin got itchy and had a few hives pop up, both stopped within 3hrs, should I be worried?

I'm on Amoxicillin 500 mg and after the 1st dose my skin got itchy and had a few hives pop up, both stopped within 3hrs, should I be worried?

Yes. This most: Likely represents an allergic reaction to the medication. Contact your health care provider and explain your situation. He/she should prescribe an alternative medication. Do not take another Amoxicillin. ...Read more

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For approx 8 weeks I've had a "burning" type of sensation under skin through entire body. No visible hives. Could this be dysesthesia or ms-related?

For approx 8 weeks I've had a "burning" type of sensation under skin through entire body. No visible hives. Could this be dysesthesia or ms-related?

Possible answer: Has anyone discussed a diffuse small fibre neuropathy? This can cause diffuse burning pain, and may be associated with a number of conditions. To diagnose, you will need an EMG study, and perhaps, a 3 site skin punch biopsy. Additional blood studies are decided based on this approach. May wind up having a vitamin deficiency. Find an experienced neurologist in this regard. Doubt ms. ...Read more

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My skin's gotten pretty itchy in last couple hour sw/hives in several places. Normally wouldn't stress but had colonoscopy today. Should I be worried?

My skin's gotten pretty itchy in last couple hour sw/hives in several places. Normally wouldn't stress but had colonoscopy today. Should I be worried?

Possible allergy: Call the doctor who did the colonoscopy and see if he gave you any medications that you could be allergic to. Over the counter antihistaminemay be helpful. ...Read more

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By applying olive oil to your skin, cure hives?

Unfortunately no: Hives are very distressing. Unfortunately, topical treatment such as creams, ointments, etc are not effective for treating hives even antihistamine creams. The best treatment for the itching and redness of hives is an antihistamine by mouth such as claritin, zyrtec, Allegra or benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more