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Manage Urticaria Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
Allergic contact: Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with substances that your skin is sensitive or allergic to. The reaction usually appears within 24-48 hours after exposure to the allergen. Symptoms that are common include redness, itching and swelling. Sometimes blistering and weeping of the skin also develop. What you are allergic to is determined by your genes, not foods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's curious....: Allergic reactions are when the body's immune system detect something that it recognizes as a foreign substance (ingested, contact through skin, food or medicine, or in the case of auto-immure diseases, it's own cells). One reax is to mobilize cells that secrete anti-histamines to fight the allergic reax. So, allergic relax to antihistamine would be very unusual. Let detective doc sort this out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is pruritus (body) a common allergy symptom? are allergy induced pruritus alleviated with anti histamines? how different from miliara rubra?
Yes: Allergy is usually associated with itching at the affected organ but most itching are not caused by allergies. Dry skin is by far the most common cause for itching without a skin rash. If the itching is caused by allergies (but not contact allergy), antihistamine in sufficient doses would work. In contact allergy involving the skin, topical cortisone works far better. ...Read more
No: Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that are typically elevated in allergic disorders and certain infections such as parasitic infection. While eosinophils may help to fight off specific infections and may serve as a marker of allergic disease, they do not prevent or cure allergic reactions. ...Read more
No: Rosacea is an inherited condition characterized by extra sensitive skin, flushing, dilated blood vessels, inflammatory bumps that mimic acne, and enlarging bumpy nose. Common triggers are chronic sun exposure, caffeine, alcohol, and increase in core temperature, etc...The inflammatory reaction of rosacea is not histamine driven as it is in an allergic reaction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergy treatment: Ideally you should be tested to find out what you are allergic to. Once you know what you are allergic to, you should undertake environmental control of your environment. You can also undergo a desensitization program as well as taking antihistamines for your rhinitis and bronchodilators for your asthma ...Read more
Any allergy can.: Urticaria (hives) is due to true allergy only 10% of the time. Any type of allergy can cause the skin rash. Foods & drugs are the most common. Other causes can be physical (direct pressure on the skin; cold; change in skin temperature) or underlying diseases like thyroid or auto-immune disorders, infections, cancer, etc. Urticaria that lasts up tp 4 weeks is considered acute. Longer is chronic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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