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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
I have been suffering from severe urticaria attacks every 1.5 years for the past 4.5 years. I am not able to find out the root cause for it, any help?
Take antihistamines.: Although allergy should be ruled out in people who have hives/ urticaria, if it is daily and lasts for weeks at a time it is unlikely to be of an allergic origin. In these cases of chronic urticaria the cause is unknown in 50% and can be attributed to autoimmunity in about 50%. Taking daily scheduled doses of antihistamines can help control the rash and itching. See and allergist for advice. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No hot showers: Urticartia, in most cases is the result of oozing fluid from blood vessels. If you take a hot shower, you dilate the blood vessels and you will make the welts worse. A cold shower may temporarily reduce the size or resolve the urticaria temporarily. If not tolerated, use lukewarm water. Along with the showers, take an antihistamine such as fexofenadine or cetirizine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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