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Randomly Break Out In Hives
Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Not easy: Check for indoor allergens or pets. Have you had a flood or water leak at your home lately since this could cause increase in mold counts. Do you have any conflict with your spouse? Stress can induce hives as well. More importantly, do you have hives only when you are at your own home and not at another location? ...Read more
My fiance has serious allergies but we are having issues with what the cause is, she will randomly break out in hives, itch all over, cant breathe?
Hives: There are different causes for chronic hives, also known as chronic urticaria. Some people have physical triggers such as heat, cold, vibration. For some it is due to an allergy. For others, there could be an underlying health condition or an autoimmune process. An allergist/immunologist can assist you with delineating the cause and prescribing the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Chronic Urticaria: Chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is the persistence of hives on most days of the week for a period of 6 weeks or longer. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients with this condition. Treatment involves daily doses of non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec (cetirizine). See Allergist for more details and treatment options. ...Read more
Can hydroxyzine effect how my body reacts to new allergens. I've been taking it for 8 yrs and now I'm randomly breaking out in hives for no reason?
No: Hydroxzine loses its effect after some time due to tolerance, so you will need to increase the dose, and unlikely it will control the symptoms, you seem to have chronic urticaria for whatever reason or no reason, there are many drugs out there to control your symptoms, you need an allergist/dermatologist evaluation and follow up, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luc ...Read more
Keep randomly breaking out in hives for months now. No known triggers. Yesterday was in the sun and woke up with hives on hands arms and legs.
Chronic uticaria: Or hives can be difficult to diagnose or treat. In my practice hives are usually caused by a summation and or mix of triggers. Example- eating a Strawberry after a day at the park by a person with known Grass Pollen allergy may cause hives while doing just ONE or the OTHER will not in the same person. It has been theorized there may exist an "Allergy Index" that determines symptoms or no symptoms. ...Read more
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
What is causing recurring knots in my feet? 19 yr f. They are random I've had them for about three to four months now. I break out into hives sometime
Knots???: By knots do you mean cramping in your feet, or actual lesions? If you get cramping in your feet it could be do to electrolytes imbalance which also leads to dryness of skin and lack or perspiration. This could explain the hives. See your primary care doctor and discuss this with them. Blood works could reveal the problem. ...Read more
I break out in random, red blotches all over my body. Sometimes they get very itchy, then they become hives. Skin allergy?
Red blotches: It could be a skin allergy but also something taken internally like medicine or food could cause the red blotches. See an allergist for help. ...Read more
Does the fact I break out in hives when I pet dogs mean I am severely allergic as opposed to mild or moderate?
After taking my shower I break out in hives this started about 10 days ago some days thire real bad other days light they go away in 3-4 hours?
Possible: This is possible but it is more likely from making the water too hot. ...Read more
Hives: If hives have been occurring for more than 6 weeks, the cause may be: chronic autoimmune, physical or unknown (idiopathic). If hives occur for <6 weeks, hives may be related to medication, insect sting or bite or contact hives from another substance. Hives specifically on the arm in one spot is curious. Take photo and show your doctor. ...Read more
? unrelated: But you need to be seen, the best to judge initially would be your primary doctor. Hives can be acute or chronic, if not related to a certain food or medicine, most of the time follow a viral URI (acute), and most of the time have no specific cause thatwe know of (the chronic type). Whether the mild hallucinations are related or related to any medicine you are on, yet to be known, c ur MD, goodluck ...Read more
Hives: Hives/urticaria are most commonly form some allergen, wither a new food or grooming product as you state. But also can be an external allergen such as pollen, dust, mold, danders, insects, trees, grass, etc etc. Anxiety can also cause a "stress induced urticaria." Try the OTC meds, and if they do not work, get the Dr. To evaluate you. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have been feeling really tired and when I exercise I break out in hives and this itch and it happens whenever I'm not working out?
Hives: Hives or urticaria can occur like this and are referred to a exercise-induced uricaria. Certain individuals get it in hot showers or when they sweat. This is a physical "allergy" type of reaction. If you also get itchinbg otherwise go to an allergist and have tests since this can also occur with food or food additive allergy and let them help you. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: If nio related to a direct cause, eg a food or a medicine, and lasting more than six weeks, you need to be evaluated by an Allergist or a Dermatologist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an Allergist in your area ...Read more
Saw old movie where after sex they get itchy and break out in hives all over. What could this be?
Sci Fi Plot: Some women, and this is very rare, develop allergy antibodies to male semen resulting in anaphylaxis during or after intercourse. One symptom of anaphylaxis is hives. But you referred to "they". There are only 2 things that can give a man hives during intercourse - latex allergy if he is using a latex condom or exercise-induced urticaria. Don't lose too much sleep over these possibilities. ...Read more
My son was born 12/12/12 ever since my skin is really itchy and when I scratch I break out in hives. Is this normal?
Not necessarily: It's more common during winter months.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I cleanse my body with oil? (like the oil cleansing method) My body doesn't tolerate soap I break out in hives. I've been using plain water so far.
Cetaphil: Is an alternative cleanser that does not have soap in it. We use it a lot for allergic patients and patients with eczema. It does not lather. You may want to try it. ...Read more
After running (exercise) I break out in hives. Today it was only 4 bumps but Its been all over my body once. Only has happened 3 times not every time?
See an allergist: What you have is exercise-induced urticaria. It remain as urticaria only, but can develop into a more serious reaction. Rarely, it is caused by allergy to a food that you eat AND exercise within 2 hours from eating to suffer the reaction. In the meantime don't eat for 2 hours before you run and take an antihistamine such as fexofenadine 180mg 30 minutes before you run. See an allergist ASAP. ...Read more
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