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I get hives on my legs every night but they disapear within 5 minutes when sitting down. Can hives really disapear when you sit down? Confused

I get hives on my legs every night but they disapear within 5 minutes when sitting down. Can hives really disapear when you sit down? Confused

Never heard of it.: Do these hives itch or are they mainly swelling? In general, hives take hours to go away. I just wonder what you observe may be prominent varicose veins which go down when not standing.

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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 exactly do you get hives?

How exactly do you get hives?

An allergic reaction: Hives occur when mast cells release histamine. Histamine makes nearby nerve endings fire causing the sensation of itching & iincreasing blood flow causing redness. Small veins leak plasma (the liquid part of blood) causing local edema - that's the white bump. Hives lasting 6 weeks or less are usually caused by a virus or an allergic reaction to a food, medication, insect bite or sting.

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How do I get relief from hives?

How do I get relief from hives?

Avoid: Avoid the causative agent. Use an over the counter antihistamine such as Cetirizine in adequate dose. Cool compresses, avoidance of heat and irritants. Consider additional agents if these don't work. See your doc.

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Do hives get progressively worse?

Do hives get progressively worse?

No: For people that have had hives for a long period of time (more than a couple months) they may get better and worse in intensity off and on, but don't usually worsen steadily or progressively. However, they may continue for a long time, which can be frustrating. Usually, we can find a combination of medicines that controls most hives, but it can take some trial and error to find what works.

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Why do I get hives while exercising?

Why do I get hives while exercising?

Urticaria: Cholinergic urticaria is a rash brought on by physical stimulus. The stimulus might be heat but thought also to be sweating. Hives last a short time. It develops usually in response to exercise, bathing, in heated environment, or emotional stress.

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What is the easiest way to get hives?

What is the easiest way to get hives?

Allergic rxn to food: Hives generally represent allergic reactions to some trigger, often a food ingestion. Hives can also arise in response to fabric softeners, shampoos, makeup, metals & a large variety of other agents.

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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.

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Can you get hives from being really upset?

Yes and no: Stress can worsen hives but does not cause it. If you have developed hives in the past, and are going through a stressful period, it may make them worse.

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Why do I get hives during the winter months?

Cold urticaria: Urticaria or "hives" as they are commonly called, can be triggered by exposure to cold. Persons with cold urticaria often cannot hold a cold can in their hand without itching developing when the hand is re-warmed.

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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.

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Is it possible to get hives due to febreeze?

Is it possible to get hives due to febreeze?

Yes: It is possible to develop hives to febreeze or any fragranced air freshener. Fragrance is a very common irritant to skin and it is possible to develop an allergy to anything at anytime. If you google "febreeze causing hives" you will find that numerous people have reported this. Discontinue use of febreeze and see your dermatologist if hives persist.

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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.

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Every time I go into the cold I get hives. Could I be allergic?

Every time I go into the cold I get hives. Could I be allergic?

Cold urticaria: Hives occurring while exposed to cold or while warming up after cold exposure are in a class of non-allergic conditions called physical urticaria. No allergy antibodies are involved. Antihistamines taken 30-60 minutes before exposure may help. Swimming in cold ocean water can be fatal for those with cold urticaria.

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Why do I get hives and have since I have had my son 2 years ago?

Why do I get hives and have since I have had my son 2 years ago?

Hives: Hives can be caused by allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, or medicines can all cause histamine release. Sometimes it's impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed. Hives can also be caused by infections or systemic disease. See your local allergist for help.

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Please explain why is it that every time I get out of the shower I get hives?

Please explain why is it that every time I get out of the shower I get hives?

Urticaria: Cholinergic urticaria can happen after contact with water, very comon and benign. You need to pretreat with an antihistamine before you shower. The best for this condition is periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride).

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Why is it that every time I get out of the shower I get hives? I need some advice.

Urticaria: It is a type of physical urticaria and can also happen with swimming. I suggest taking an antihistamine an hour before showering or swimming. Reason is unknown.

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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.

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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