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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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I get hives all over my body everyday. What causes it?

I get hives all over my body everyday. What causes it?

Hives:urticaria: I would suggest you to see an allergist. For now take antihistamines. Sometimes is difficult to find what causes it. ...Read more

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I have hives all over my body but they only get this bad when I go to work. I only get a few or none when im at home. As soon I start doing some physi?

I have hives all over my body but they only get this bad when I go to work. I only get a few or none when im at home. As soon I start doing some physi?

? Chronic urticaria: May be also physical urticaria, or something at work that triggers your symptoms, stress can, keep taking a second generation antihistamine regularly if you're already taking it as needed, or start an OTC one, unless contraindicate. See an allergist/ dermatologist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I get huge red blotches that look like hives all over my body frequently especially after showering. They don't itch. What is it?

I get huge red blotches that look like hives all over my body frequently especially after showering. They don't itch. What is it?

HMMMM?: Tough to say. See your Doctor as it could be a simple "heat rash" reaction from the hot water, or maybe a change in soap/shampoo is causing your reaction to occur. See your Doctor and s/he can take a good history and physical examination to determine what is the most likely cause and then discuss the best treatment options with you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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The past 2 months I am getting hives all over my body after a shower. They cover my chest back, face. I have changed nothing! What could be the cause?

Urticaria: Most commonly it would be Cholinergic Urticaria caused by a rise in skin temperature. These tend to appear as very small bumps surrounded by red flare.
You could also have hives from water itself called Aquagenic Urticaria but this is rare. An allergy to products used in the shower is also possible. Finally the pounding of water on to the skin may cause Dermatographic Urticaria but unlikely. ...Read more

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I keep getting hives all over my body (esp legs) and can't figure out a cause! Help?

I keep getting hives all over my body (esp legs) and can't figure out a cause! Help?

Hives: Hives are red, raised and intensely itchy bumps that have multiple causes. If you have tried avoidance measures, then maybe you should see an allergist for evaluation. Keep showers cool, topical anti-itch creams and oral non-sedating antihistamines at a dose of twice daily as opposed to once daily. ...Read more

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Can you get hives from a spider bite? I seem to have broken out in hives all over my body (red itchy bumps) and I found a spider the next day.

Can you get hives from a spider bite? I seem to have broken out in hives all over my body (red itchy bumps) and I found a spider the next day.

Urticaria: Finding a spider probably has nothing to do with your hives, just a coincidence. Urticaria (the medical term for hives) usually is an allergic reaction to something. If you're taking any medications, that might be the cause. See a doctor ASAP to help determine the cause and for treatment to reduce the itching. ...Read more

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Can you get hives any place on your body?

Can you get hives any place on your body?

Anywhere on the skin: Some parts of the body react differently. Instead of hives the lips and eyelids often swell and hurt. This is called angioedema (see photo). This often occurs with the hands and feet as well. When the eye itself has an allergic reaction the white of the eye swells but the iris and pupil do not. This is called chemosis. ...Read more

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I get hives ever evening. What. Causes that?

Hives: Chronic hives are mostly of an unknown cause but you should be evaluated by an allergist to help elucidate the cause if any. ...Read more

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What are the cause of hives all over your body?

Multiple triggers: Acute hives affect about 20% of the population. Generalized hives can occur from a food, insection sting, latex or medication allergic reaction including Aspirin or antibiotics. Both viral and bacterial infections have been associated with hives. Physical triggers like cold, heat, exercise, dermatographism can lead to hives. Sometimes, a cause is not found. ...Read more

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I get hives in the fall. It usually starts after the first frost. Is temperature change a cause of hives?

Possibly: Hives can be triggered from any number of things, including certain exposures. Going from a warm home to a cold environment could be enough of a noxious stimulus to trigger histamine release, thus precipitating hives. Other causes are stress, certain ingested chemicals, and obviously, allergies. ...Read more

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If you were to get hives from reacting badly to medicine, do the hives have to appear all over the body or can they be in a tiny spot only?

Hives from: A medication allergy are generally all over (and can be dangerous if this swelling occurs in the upper airways!!)

Hope this is helpful
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Can blepharitis cause hives on body?

Can blepharitis cause hives on body?

Not by itself: If you are taking some products like antibiotics or some other agents to treat the blepharitis, you might get hives from allergy to them. Blepharitis by itself will not induce hives. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hives on one side of body?

How do I get rid of hives on one side of body?

Antihistamines: Whether the hives are localized or generalized, the first line treatment for hives is oral antihistamines. There are several new generation antihistamines including zyrtec, Allegra and claritin (loratadine). The distribution of one sided is curious. Take a photo and see an allergist or dermatologist. They can assist in determining cause and more specific treatment. ...Read more

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Can pollen cause hives and welps I get these daily

It: It is possible but not likely. Would suggest a full work up by an allergist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a rash and hives all over the body without any itch?

Hives usually itch: If you have a rash that resembles hives but doesn't itch, it probably isn't hives. Hives almost always itch and therefore is probably another type of rash. Unfortunately, rashes are usually diagnosed by physical examination and the history, so it will be difficult to help you over the internet and you likely will need to be examined by a physician. ...Read more

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Hello I'm breaking out in hives everyday in differnt places of my body should I get my blood check to see what's wrong with me?

Hello I'm breaking out in hives everyday in differnt places of my body should I get my blood check to see what's wrong with me?

Depends: If you have had them for <6 weeks, then "no." I would start with generic zyrtec 10mg twice daily and you can add additional Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25-50mg at bedtime as needed for breakthrough itch at bedtime. If they persist >6 weeks, then see an allergist. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can get rid of hives caused by sweat?

Can I tell me how I can get rid of hives caused by sweat?

Antihistamines: Cholinergic urticaria (hives) is caused by increase in core body temperature with triggers like exercise with sweating, strong emotions, and bathing in hot water. Identify and avoid known triggers, avoid bathing in hot water and performing strenuous exercise during hot weather. Can take non-sedating antihistamines 1-2 times daily. Allergist can perform methacholine challenge in office to confirm. ...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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Could a fever cause my 5yo to get small hives breakout only on his face?

Could a fever cause my 5yo to get small hives breakout only on his face?

Yes: Fever is the result of chemicals which are a result of immune stimulation. Hives can be a signal of this. In fact, viral infections are the most common cause off hives in children. ...Read more

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How to get cure from hives over hand and body? Is this the symptomps of pregnancy?

How to get cure from hives over hand and body? Is this the symptomps of pregnancy?

Urticaria: If she can find causative agent, avoid it! Otherwise, it's chronic idiopathic urticaria (http://goo. Gl/gjgiJK, http://goo. Gl/eGJKSQ & https://goo. Gl/MwFpzp). I would not use hives as a sign of pregnancy but would recommend taking pregnancy test (her, not you) b/c Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) occurs in last trimester (http://goo. Gl/Wile3o & http://goo. Gl/8w3CwX). ...Read more

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Itchy bumps all over my body! It's not hives so what else can cause this?

Itchy bumps all over my body! It's not hives so what else can cause this?

How long?: If it lasts over 6 weeks, see an allergist. If it is short term, try some otc antihistamine up to 4 x the regular frequency but watch out for drowsiness. If it did not work, see an allergist. ...Read more

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My daughter keeps breaking out in random places all over her body. She get big red hard spots. Is this hives?

My daughter keeps breaking out in random places all over her body. She get big red hard spots. Is this hives?

Hives: Hives also called urticaria are typically round to oval, raised, red, itchy "welt" that come and go on any part of the body. They can feel firm and blanch when pressed on. When they resolve, hives generally do not leave any skin changes. It may help to take photos of the rash to show the doctor. Picture is worth a thousand words! ...Read more

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At night I get itchy burning hives all over by body. If I scratch it gets bigger. And it hurt last couple hours to days. The appearance is red.?

At night I get itchy burning hives all over by body. If I scratch it gets bigger. And it hurt last couple hours to days. The appearance is red.?

Urticaria: Hives can be due to many things including:
1. Allergies to pollens, mold, dust, food, drugs and bee stings
2. Infections like hepatitis
3. Autoimmunity
4. Complement deficiency – acquired or hereditary
5. Vaculitis
6. Idiopathic – unknown cause – very common
treatment may include antihistamines, steroids, h2 blockers and if very severe, cyclosporine
scratching can cause dermatographism. ...Read more

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I have developed a rash on my body and swelling face which gets worse at night/the morning...I think I have hives. What are the remedies and causes?

I have developed a rash on my body and swelling face which gets worse at night/the morning...I think I have hives. What are the remedies and causes?

Allergist: It appears that you're experiencing hives and angioedema which are allergic type reactions often to something internal or external. However the offending agents are often elusive. Your best bet is to consult an allergist who will investigate and treat. ...Read more

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Whenever I go into water (shower, pool, lake)I get hives and welts throughout body. They can be itchy sometimes. What's causing this&how do I stop it? Thanks

Whenever I go into water (shower, pool, lake)I get hives and welts throughout body. They can be itchy sometimes. What's causing this&how do I stop it? Thanks

? aquagenic urticaria: Kind of rare, you need to see your doctor who would refer you to a dermatologist / allergist for evaluation, meanwhile, you can take OTC antihistamines like cetirizine or Loratadine on regular basis, but remember to stop them about 5 days before you see the specialist, good luck ...Read more

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What can I do, besides taking benadryl, (diphenhydramine) to treat hives. Ate something that caused my body to break out in hives. Don't want to go to work drowsy. Help!

What can I do, besides taking benadryl, (diphenhydramine) to treat hives. Ate something that caused my body to break out in hives. Don't want to go to work drowsy. Help!

Hives: Non drowsy antihistamines like Allegra (fexofenadine) can help, not usre if it is food that is causing your symptoms if they are persistent, you may want to consider seeing an allergist if theybpersist. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to dust, but can that cause constant Episodes of hives? Should I get skin tested for everything else?

I'm allergic to dust, but can that cause constant Episodes of hives? Should I get skin tested for everything else?

Two different: Conditions, being allergic to dust wouldn't cause hives, would cause atopic diseases rather, viz allergic asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, rhino sinusitis, or atopic dermatitis, hives have different causes though, or usually no discernible cause, visit an allergist to sort both conditions out, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I recently tried the Neutrogena Body wash and it gave me hives and scarring. What would you suggest to use to get rid of the hives and dark spots?

I recently tried the Neutrogena Body wash and it gave me hives and scarring. What would you suggest to use to get rid of the hives and dark spots?

See doctor: I am surprised you got scarring from it unless the area was scratched to the point of bleeding. The dark spot will likely fade in weeks or months unless you keep on scratching it. Since the reaction was most likely from contact allergy, a topical hydrocortisone cream may help although a more potent Rx one may be needed. Bleaching cream and intense pulsed light treatment may be helpful. ...Read more