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Urticaria Put Any Stroke
Yes: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic response of small blood vessels in the digits to external cold. It is a risk factor for stroke. You probably can't eliminate your cause of raynaud's as its ultimately genetic in origin. You can control other risk factors for stroke like cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with chronic urticaria my allergist has put me on Allegra 180mg twice a day , and atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg as needed does this sound ok .
Raised red itchy hives on face & neck that come/go for 10 days since husband had stroke driving car while we were going 70 on hwy. Stress related? TX?
Stress Trigger: You definitely have been going through a lot over the last 2 weeks. Stress can trigger a number of health related issues including hives. Treat with non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec 1-2 times per day with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for breakthrough symptoms for the next few days until hives resolve and things settle down. Take care of yourself and your husband. All the best. ...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
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
No: Urticaria (hives) won't kill. Just don't take both hands off the steering wheel to scratch. Anaphylaxis is a much more severe allergic reaction that includes hives with laryngospasm (a choked off windpipe) or shock. These things can kill you but anaphylaxis is quite uncommon compared to hives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube on your skin you will develop a hive at the site (see photo). Keep warm, cover skin in cold air, take antihistamines. Swimming in cold water and cold drinks can be fatal. See an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Heat, antihistamine : First avoid temperatures colder than the temperature which causes your hives. Second cover as much of your skin as possible. Third, because the hives are due to the release of histamine in your skin when it cools, antihistamines will minimize or control the symptoms. See an allergist. Avoid swimming in cold water and drinking cold drinks to prevent potentially life threatening reactions. ...Read more
Find & Control: Find the cause, when possible. Control the symptoms. There are many things which cause urticaria, and sometimes urticaria can be auto-immune (ie due to your own body's production of antibodies). An allergist can help you identify the cause, when possible, either something as simple as your soap, or watch, or a food, or more complicated like a serious medical problem. ...Read more
Chronic Urticaria: The cause of chronic idiopathic urticaria is currently unknown. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. Screening labs can be drawn by Allergist to see if hives caused by autoimmune condition including thyroid disorder. Treat with high dose antihistamines (Zyrtec, Zantac), also can add montelukast or doxepin. If still not effective oral albuterol, cyclosporin, Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) or sulfasalazine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cure, hmmm: Wish there was an easy answer for hives. They have a mind of their own and don't follow a religion. Your best bet is to consult an allergist to help you determine possible triggers, but if you have chronic hives, this is going to be a tough call. Work is in progress in several studies to unlock the mystery of chronic hives. Some allergists have dedicated their careers in the study of urticaria... ...Read more
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