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How common is Chronic Urticaria w/Celiac Disease? Was diagnosis w/Celiac almost 2 yrs ago but hives just started a week ago & only on areas in the sun.
Uncommon: The two issues are likely unrelated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Recent diagnosis w/autoimmune disease & skin biopsy result: urticaria or mast cell disease. Shouldn't biopsy give more definitive diagnosis?
Hard to tell: Mast cells are the cells that release histamine in the body. This is what happens in urticaria, so one will see mast cells in biopsies of urticarial (hive-like) lesions. Mast cells can also be found in increased numbers in people with mastocytosis. Thus the biopsies may be similar. As stated by my colleague, the clinical history can be key to the diagnosis. Talk with your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A skin doctor made diagnosis of my problem i.E choinergic urticaria. He suggested medicine atarax (hydroxyzine) 25 mg (hydroxyxine). Tell me about prblm nd medicine?
A 34 year old male with urticaria, abdominal pain & cramps of four days duration. No fever, please what is his diagnosis? Thanks
Some simple solution: Many types, but an easy cure without asignificant side-effects is the combination of Hydroxyzine (50mg) at night with rantidine (300mg). Most people experience significant relief, almost immediately. Both of these drugs are $4.00/mo at target, walmart, kroger's, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple: There are many because the causes of urticaria are many. Some of the tests are actually physical stimuli (temperature, vibration, etc). Most others will involve skin prick or blood testing: cbc, cmp, ana, esr, crp, tsh, food ige, total ige, just to name a few... This is generally very low yield though. A good allergist will help you sort through all the options. ...Read more
Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful for acute hives. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward. ...Read more
Heat-induced hives: Cholinergic urticaria is a skin condition that is brought on by the physical trigger of increased warmth or blood flow to the skin (bringing warmth) or of a raised body temperature. Chemicals, including histamine, are released and cause the hives to develop. It is usually a benign albeit uncomfortable condition, does not have a clear cause, and can last for years. It does not usually leave scarri. ...Read more
Hives: Urticaria is simply the medical term for hives. It can be classified as acute (short term) or chronic (greater than ~6 weeks). Acute urticaria could be due to (but not limited) to allergic or infectious in nature. In contrast, chronic daily hives are not typically due to an external allergy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hive Worry Index: On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst). Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Urticaria - hives: Most urticaria represent mild symptoms of allergy with a raised red bump on the skin and itching. They usually come on abruptly with a lot of itching. Most urticaria represent just a local skin reaction to some antigen. Local reactions are usually not very severe. The problem is that over time local reactions can progress to systemic reactions with repeated exposure, and that could cause high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer