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How Much Should I Worry About Urticaria
Hive Worry Index: On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst). Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some simple solution: Many types, but an easy cure without asignificant side-effects is the combination of Hydroxyzine (50mg) at night with rantidine (300mg). Most people experience significant relief, almost immediately. Both of these drugs are $4.00/mo at target, walmart, kroger's, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple: There are many because the causes of urticaria are many. Some of the tests are actually physical stimuli (temperature, vibration, etc). Most others will involve skin prick or blood testing: cbc, cmp, ana, esr, crp, tsh, food ige, total ige, just to name a few... This is generally very low yield though. A good allergist will help you sort through all the options. ...Read more
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 for acute hives. 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
Heat-induced hives: Cholinergic urticaria is a skin condition that is brought on by the physical trigger of increased warmth or blood flow to the skin (bringing warmth) or of a raised body temperature. Chemicals, including histamine, are released and cause the hives to develop. It is usually a benign albeit uncomfortable condition, does not have a clear cause, and can last for years. It does not usually leave scarri. ...Read more
Hives: Urticaria is simply the medical term for hives. It can be classified as acute (short term) or chronic (greater than ~6 weeks). Acute urticaria could be due to (but not limited) to allergic or infectious in nature. In contrast, chronic daily hives are not typically due to an external allergy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Urticaria - hives: Most urticaria represent mild symptoms of allergy with a raised red bump on the skin and itching. They usually come on abruptly with a lot of itching. Most urticaria represent just a local skin reaction to some antigen. Local reactions are usually not very severe. The problem is that over time local reactions can progress to systemic reactions with repeated exposure, and that could cause high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the cause: The itchy rash is a symptom of something else going on, either irritation, allergy, or something. In order to get the urticaria to go away, you have to find the cause and deal with that. An allergist or dermatologist would be a good place to start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Chronic urticaria (hives) is divided into 2 groups - non-physical & physical. In the latter mast cells release histamine under external stimuli - heat, pressure, cold. 50% of non-physical chronic urticaria is autoimmune, the immune system attacking self. About 5% can be attributed to a chronic infection or malignancy. When your allergist has ruled out these the rest is idiopathic & usually benign. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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