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How can I treat urticaria?

How can I treat urticaria?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines are the primary treatment for hives. Long acting ones like zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) are often effective and easier to take than short acting ones like benedryl. If the hives are persistent or recurrent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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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 can I manage urticaria?

How can I manage urticaria?

Antihistamines: The primary way to manage hives (urticaria) is with over the counter antihistamines (cetirizine) or prescription antihistamines (hydroxyzine). If your hives have been present for more than 3-4 weeks, i would recommend seeing your physician asap. ...Read more

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What causes urticaria to occur?

What causes urticaria to occur?

Histamine: Urticaria is caused by the release of histamine from mast cells located in the skin. This can occur due to a variety of mechanisms, with allergy being the most common acute cause of hives. ...Read more

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Who dr do you see for urticaria?

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 more

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What exactly is cold urticaria?

What exactly is  cold urticaria?

Hives: Cold urticaria is the development of urticaria or hives when one is exposed to a cold environment or other cold exposure (drink, ice). ...Read more

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Can cold urticaria be temporary?

Can cold urticaria be temporary?

Sometimes: Cold urticaria is usually a chronic problem but sometimes it can be temporary if triggered by another problem which resolves. An allergy evaluation can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the tests for urticaria?

What are the tests for urticaria?

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

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What can I do if I have urticaria?

What can I do if I have urticaria?

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

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How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

Examination: Examination of the skin or pictures of the skin during an outbreak. ...Read more

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Is chholingeric urticaria dangerous?

Is chholingeric urticaria dangerous?

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

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What does it mean if I have urticaria?

What does it mean if I have urticaria?

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 more

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What to do if boyfriend has urticaria ?

What to do if boyfriend has urticaria ?

Not contagious: You are not at risk of catching urticaria from your boyfriend. The best thing you could do is be gentle with him, scratch his back, and get him some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) :-). ...Read more

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How much should I worry about urticaria?

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 more

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Do symptoms like urticaria go away quickly?

Takes time & recurs: Resolution of urticaria can be very challenging in severe patients. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have urticaria?

Could it be something bad if I have urticaria?

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 more

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What is the cause of dermatographic urticaria?

Histamine: Du is caused by histamine release from mast cells in the skin. It is caused by physical pressure on the skin and is not due to allergies. ...Read more

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I have urticaria. Which foods must not i eat ?

Urticaria : You only need to avoid the foods that give you symptoms. Urticaria can have many different causes, in some cases none are found. You should see an allergist for evaluation. Take care! ...Read more

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How do you cure urticaria? Nothing is working.

Find the cause: The itchy rash is a symptom of something else going on, either irritation, allergy, or something. In order to get the urticaria to go away, you have to find the cause and deal with that. An allergist or dermatologist would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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What does it mean for urticaria to be idiopathic?

Unknown: Chronic urticaria (hives) is divided into 2 groups - non-physical & physical. In the latter mast cells release histamine under external stimuli - heat, pressure, cold. 50% of non-physical chronic urticaria is autoimmune, the immune system attacking self. About 5% can be attributed to a chronic infection or malignancy. When your allergist has ruled out these the rest is idiopathic & usually benign. ...Read more

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I am suffring from chornic urticaria last 15 years.

See below: You may want to consider being tested for celiac disease---there are cases of chronic urticara associated with it. ...Read more