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How likely is it for someone to have urticaria pigmentosa and cold urticaria? And should I be more worried about symptoms with my son having both?

How likely is it for someone to have urticaria pigmentosa and cold urticaria? And should I be more worried about symptoms  with my son having both?

Urticaria pigmentosa: Urticaria pigmentosa is arare genetic mutation of mastocytosis of the skin. Symptoms can be mild (flushing and hives that require no treatment), moderate (diarrhea, tachycardia, nausea/vomiting, headache, and fainting), or life-threatening (vascular collapse requiring emergency treatment and hospitalization). Usually cold urticaria is annoying but not serious though in rare case it can be. The coi. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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What kind of specialist can I see for urticaria pigmentosa?

What kind of specialist can I see for urticaria pigmentosa?

You are lucky: You should see an allergist/immunologist and/or dermatologist. As you live in Denver, go either to National Jewish Health at 1400 Jackson or to the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, at what used to be Fitzimmons Army Medical Centers many years ago. ...Read more

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My six month old son has urticaria pigmentosa. Are there any safe topical medications that I can use on him?

My six month old son has urticaria pigmentosa.  Are there any safe topical medications that I can use on him?

Urticaria pigmentosa: Your son has an elevated number of mast cells in the skin. When you rub the skin, the skin will make hives, because the mast cells release histamine. It doesn't mean that topical medications pose any problem to him, just that when you apply them, you need to do so very lightly, to avoid setting off histamine release. Your doctor can prescribe topical antihistamines but oral ones are really needed. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use both cetirizine and fexonadine alternately to my 16 month old son? He has urticaria pigmentosa

Is it ok to use both cetirizine and fexonadine alternately to my 16 month old son? He has urticaria pigmentosa

That is fine.: With itching or flushing due to diffuse cutaneous involvement or urticaria pigmentosa, non-sedating antihistamines may be administered on a scheduled or as-needed basis, depending upon symptom frequency. Sedating antihistamines can be added for refractory symptoms. Consult with prescribing physician if symptoms are not well controlled. ...Read more

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Does having more % body fat worsen symptoms of cholinergic urticaria?

Does having more % body fat worsen symptoms of cholinergic urticaria?

Yes: It'll itch in your folds. There are many, far better reasons to trim down, as well. Hit the gym, get fitness-focused friends, get used to the idea of eating only to satisfy real genuine hunger, and you'll have the body that a 22 year old guy should. You can do it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Since physical urticaria progressed to peak symptoms, texture of my skin has been feeling bumpy. Why is that?

Since physical urticaria progressed to peak symptoms, texture of my skin has been feeling bumpy. Why is that?

What type of hives?: There are several different forms of physical urticaria. Difficult to evaluate your skin symptoms without seeing your skin. What do you mean by "peak symptoms?" ...Read more

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Can hives be a symptom of contact urticaria?

Hives: Urticaria is the medical term for hives. Contact urticaria happens when you come into contact with something your skin is allergic to and you develop hives from it. The best thing to do is avoid contact with that thing your skin is allergic to. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of familial cold urticaria?

Symptoms include: Rash, conjunctivitis, fever/chills and arthralgias. You would certainly be suspicious since it is an autosomal dominant genetic condition. One parent would be affected and sometimes, several siblings. ...Read more

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I just have a very bad urticaria, the symptoms disappear after taking 2 tablets of telfast 180 2 times a day. What are the risk of taking such dose?

I just have a very bad urticaria, the symptoms disappear after taking 2 tablets of telfast 180 2 times a day. What are the risk of taking such dose?

Low risk: Telfast or fexofenadine is a non-drowsy new generation antihistamine. In general antihistamines are very safe. While it is preferred to use the recommended dose, under certain circumstances, a higher than usual dose may be necessary. Short term use is usually well tolerated but should be under the direction of a physician. ...Read more

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Is Xolair commonly used for chronic physical urticarias? Most antihistamines don't work for me. Symptoms still strong.

Is Xolair commonly used for chronic physical urticarias? Most antihistamines don't work for me. Symptoms still strong.

No: Xolair isn't commonly used for physical urticaria, waste of time and money, other drug and treatment options, than antihistamines or xolair, can be used. kindly see a dermatologist / allergist with experience in treating chronic urticaria, good luck ...Read more

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My wife shows every symptom for chronic urticaria but the auto-immune test came back negative. Is it possible it's a false negative?

Hives: Hives becomes chronic when it lasts for greater than 6 weeks. The most common cause is idiopathic- cause unknown. If the hives lasts less than 24 hrs in one given spot it is unlikely to have an autoimmune cause. See an allergist to help find the best combination of medications to control the hives. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with urticaria which randomly appears on my skin as a rash. Is there any way of avoiding this or reducing symptoms?

I have been diagnosed with urticaria  which randomly appears on my skin as a rash. Is there any way of avoiding this or reducing symptoms?

Urticaria: Would sse an allergist who may wish to do some tests depending on your history. If a source is discovered it will need to be avoided. Often one is not and the symptoms can be controlled by the use of over the counter medication called antihistamines. Would ask about the non-sedating ones. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms, tests, and treatment for autoimmune urticaria? Is au the same thing as chronic idiopathic hives or is there a distinction?

What r the symptoms, tests, and treatment for autoimmune urticaria? Is au the same thing as chronic idiopathic hives or is there a distinction?

Treat the cause!: Good morning, good morning, urticaria refers to hives, due to changes in blood flow to skin due to certain neuro-chemicals. Autoimmune urticaria suggests an association of these chemicals being released as a result of immune system fighting your own cells producing antibodies against nuclear components of cells such as those of thyroid glands (thyroiditis), intestines, pancreas, skin, kidneys etc. ...Read more

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I have cholinergic urticaria. Histamines don't work. With every single physicle exercise the symptoms got worse. What should I do? Please help me

I have cholinergic urticaria. Histamines don't work. With every single physicle exercise the symptoms got worse. What should I do? Please help me

Immunologist: I would recommend you see a board certified immunologist, they probably would not be they allergy shot type bu a clinical immunologist. It is your mast cells releasing histamine , possibly a drug that is a mast smell stabilizer would help you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a solar urticaria allergy?

Itchy hives: Upon exposure to sun's rays the exposed skin breaks out in red raised bumps (hives) with severe itching lasting for several hours. ...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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What can I do if was diagnosed with acute urticaria but the symptoms have carried on for more than 6 weeks?

What can I do if was diagnosed with acute urticaria but the symptoms have carried on for more than 6 weeks?

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

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What r the symptoms, tests, & treatments for autoimmune urticaria? Is it different from chronic urticaria?

Not necessarily: Chronic urticaria ilasts longer than 6 weeks, and most of those are of unknown cause, chronic idiopathic urticaria (ciu). Part of ciu is due to autoimmunity. However, the tests for autoimmune urticaria may not be sspecific. Autoimmune urticaria may not respond to antihistamines alone. Such patients may require leukotriene antagonists, prednisone, dapsone, Cyclosporine and even ivig. ...Read more

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Is stinging a normal symptom for cholinergic urticaria when you get warm to hot? It is very painful at its worst.

Is stinging a normal symptom for cholinergic urticaria when you get warm to hot? It is very painful at its worst.

No: cholinergic urticaria shows up as small itchy bumps and not painful ones usually subsiding within hours . Need to see a dermatologist to find out the cause for your problem especially if there are painful blisters present. ...Read more