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Hives? Rash? It keeps spreading it starts as a red area then a welt appears and it itches and burns/stings on legs arms lower back and lower abdomen

Hives? Rash? It keeps spreading it starts as a red area then a welt appears and it itches and burns/stings on legs arms lower  back and lower abdomen

Hive & rash: you have urticaria or allergic dermatitis, it is best if you see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, at the mean time try an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) hydrocortisone cream, but you need to find out what you are allergic to. Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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How fast can hives spread?

How fast can hives spread?

Very rapidlly: Some allergic reactions are more aggressive than others and spread rapidly. In this case the patient needs emergency medical evaluation. ...Read more

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In what way can I make my hives go away fast?

In what way can I make my hives go away fast?

Antihistamines...: ... Generally treat the hives and the itchiness the best, but the best way to handle this is to find out what's causing the hives so you don't get them in the first place, and get an optimal treatment regimen if you simply cannot prevent them. See an allergist. ...Read more

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How can I make swelling from hives go away really fast?

How can I make swelling from hives go away really fast?

Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful to resolve hives quickly. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my hives fast?

How can I get rid of my hives fast?

Cetirizine (Zyrtec): Cetirizine (generic zyrtec), 2nd generation, minimally sedating type 1 antihistamine, one 10 mg tab at bedtime is most likely to be effective. If the hives persist add ranitidine (generic zantac), a type 2 antihistamine, 150 mg twice a day should be tried as 20% of skin histamine receptors are type 2 receptors, so blocking type 1 & 2 receptors increases effectiveness. If hves continue see an md. ...Read more

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Hives have spread from wrist to back and now chest. What's going on and what do I do?

Hives have spread from wrist to back and now chest. What's going on and what do I do?

Hive challenge: Hives (urticaria) are very annoying, itchy and frustrating to both patients and physicians. For acute hives (lasting less than 6 weeks) frequently a cause is found when a very detailed history is taken by a physician experienced in diagnosing and treating hives. These triggers can be medications, stings/bites, foods, and even infections. It is common for hives to "come and go.". ...Read more

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I have chronic unexplained hives, wide spread body pain and recently frequent painful 'charley horses'. Could this be a sign of fibromyalgia?

I have chronic unexplained hives, wide spread body pain and recently frequent painful 'charley horses'. Could this be a sign of fibromyalgia?

Hives: Chronic hives of over 6weeks duration deserve work up as it can be a sign of serious underlying disease. For potential causes: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/137362-overview#aw2aab6b2b3aa. They are not associated with fibromyalgia and suggest an alternative diagnosis. A virtual consult to discuss triggers and treatment options can help. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I have a reaction that itches it's mosquito like reaction that spreads all over my body it comes out I itch it and hives appear then goes on ?

Hi doc, 
I have a reaction that itches it's mosquito like reaction that spreads all over my body it comes out I itch it and hives appear then goes on ?

Hives: They sound like hives. Try antihistamine up to every 6 hrs to see if it helps. If not, see doctor. Even if it helps, if they persist over 6 weeks, see allergist. ...Read more

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One year old, breaking out in hives? My daughter is having horrible diarrhea. It has been going on for 3 weeks now. Last night she had broken out into hives that continued to spread all night. They were abnormally large and purple, with white on the insid

One year old, breaking out in hives? My daughter is having horrible diarrhea. It has been going on for 3 weeks now. Last night she had broken out into hives that continued to spread all night. They were abnormally large and purple, with white on the insid

See doctor: I am more concerned over your daughter getting dehydrated from so much diarrhea at this age. The appearance of hives however suggests that this may be a viral infection unless she was given an antibiotic which she is allergic to. You need to get her to a doctor. ...Read more

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