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Welts (Definition)

Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas , hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually ...Read more


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I have 4 nickel sized itchy welts on my lower legs and bottom of foot. What are they?

I have 4 nickel sized itchy welts on my lower legs and bottom of foot. What are they?

Hives: Sounds like hives but could be bug bites, bed bugs, tic bites, or a different type of nodule altogether (erythema nodosum). You really need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Please describe these itchy welts on my arms and leg?

Please describe these itchy welts on my arms and leg?

Hives: Without seeing the welts, i presume they are hives which can often be controlled with antihistamine. There are however many causes for hives and not uncommonly, no cause can be found despite exhaustive studies. See your doctor especially if the hives have persisted more than 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What to do for itchy welts that come randomly on my body?

What to do for itchy welts that come randomly on my body?

Many things cause: welts or urticaria. to really find out you need to keep both a food diary and product diary (what goes in your body and what goes on your body) but even then 1/2 the time we don't actually find out the cause ...Read more

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Hot itchy welts. They are everywhere and it looks horrible. Is there any way to treat this?

Hot itchy welts.  They are everywhere and it looks horrible.  Is there any way to treat this?

See a doctor: Because they are so wide spread i would see a doctor. You may want to try over the counter Benadryl for the itching and a topical Hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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My child gets up with red itchy welts on her back , i get it to stop itching & it goes away, now she has it on her butt same thing red itchy welts. ?

Dermatographism: Dermatographism means the ability to write on the skin. People with this form of chronic urticaria are sensitive to touch and pressure, as well as scratching. The areas of skin that are touched or scratched get a raised, red and itchy rash. While many people with chronic urticaria have some features of dermatographism, people with true dermatographism have pressure as the only trigger. ...Read more

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Could small red itchy welts on my body be an allergy to dryer sheets?

Possibly: Dryer sheets are known to irritate skin, but before you blame the allergy on the sheets, try to investigate if food, wool, perfume, or insect bites including bed bugs could be the culprits. ...Read more

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Skin disorder itchy, welts, blisters, what should I do?

Skin disorder itchy, welts, blisters, what should I do?

MAYBE Athlete's foot: These are often caused by a fungal infection commonly referred to at athlete's foot. There are many different presentations and this is one of them. Use drying soaks (dilute vinegar or epsom salts). One of the otc topicals i recommend is lotrimin ultra. If this doesn't work, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can fat loss create sickness through toxin release? I am currently dieting and exercising and noticing itchy welts developing on extremities.

Can fat loss create sickness through toxin release?  I am currently dieting and exercising and noticing itchy welts developing on extremities.

Not really.: Exercise can cause "cholinergic uritcaria." but this usually occurs after exercise and does not persists for more than a few hours. Your diet would not causes this unless you are ingesting a food you have mild allergies to, which previously was not eaten. Otherwise, this may be unrelated and a completely new issue. Try some otc zantac 75mg twice daily with one geexneric zyrtec 10mg/day. See your d. ...Read more

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Woke up with 2 puncture holes, and itchy welts, and eyes? Took a Claritin, and hives better. Holes still there? Should I be concerned?

Woke up with 2 puncture holes, and itchy welts, and eyes?  Took a Claritin, and hives better.  Holes still there?  Should I be concerned?

Insect bite: ? spider, keep taking the Claritin though, please visit your doctor, or urgent care for reassurance, as you are as well on a biological medicine, humors which is kind of an immune modulator, you might need some other meds, good luck ...Read more

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