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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. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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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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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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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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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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After exercising, my daily hives/rash on hands and feet has spread, what to do?

After exercising, my daily hives/rash on hands and feet has spread, what to do?

Exercise hives: Cholinergic urticaria occurs following sweating/exercise when acetylcholine receptors stimulate sweat glands to make sweat. It can be a difficult thing to treat, antihistamines should be tried first line prior to exercise but desensitization programs by an allergist would likely result in the most long lasting result. ...Read more

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Hives-like itchy rash on tummy. I don't want it to spread all over. What to do?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a allergic reaction (hives). Im breakin out on my hands and vagina.(spread there last time) can it be an allergic reaction?

I have had a allergic reaction (hives). Im breakin out on my hands and vagina.(spread there last time) can it be an allergic reaction?

Visit allergist: A physician should perform a physical exam and review your symptoms history and any medications you might be taking. They can recommend an aggressive antihistamine regimen including h1 and h2 antihistamines and might include a lt rc blocker such as singulair (montelukast). ...Read more

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18 mo dtap 8/19 mon that night fever next day vomit2x diarrhea x3days wed hives/rash at inject site rash spread to les scant on torso now adversereac?

18 mo dtap 8/19 mon that night fever next day vomit2x diarrhea x3days wed hives/rash at inject site rash spread to les scant on torso now adversereac?

Possible: Possible adverse reaction or may be another viral illness that happened at the same time please report this to the office who gave that dtap vaccine. ...Read more

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I have a rash or hives that started on sides of stomach, spread to inside arms, my neck, all over stomach. Its been 8 days. Any idea what it is?

I have a rash or hives that started on sides of stomach, spread to inside arms, my neck, all over stomach. Its been 8 days. Any idea what it is?

Many causes: Hives can occur for many reasons, among them are viral infections and resolve on their own. They can also occur from contact, if you have a sensitivity to a new body product or laundry detergent. If the problems continues, consult an allergist to pint point triggers. ...Read more

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Hives from penicillin allergy started 7days ago. The doctor prescribed benadryl+hydrocortisol 4days ago. The skin isno more stiff but redness has spread. Normal?

Hives from penicillin allergy started 7days ago. The doctor prescribed benadryl+hydrocortisol 4days ago. The skin isno more stiff but redness has spread. Normal?

Penicillin Allergy: Penicillin allergy often abates as soon as the medication is stopped and treatment applied when indicated. The skin lesions often prevail for a while, but usually they disappear after a week or two baring any sequela that could have arisen from scratching, scarring etc. ...Read more

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