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Welts (Overview)

Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas, hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually from an allergic reaction.


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What bugs leave welts?

What bugs leave welts?

Many: Many insects will leave a red raised spot at the site of the bite, if you get numerous welts from 1 bite the it may be hives which is an allergic reaction. ...Read more

Welts (Overview)

Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas, hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually from an allergic reaction.


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What can cause these continuous welts?

Welts: Evaluation can determine if you have some form of urticarial. Work may be able to determine cause but sometimes etiology is uncertain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: welts?

What is the definition or description of: welts?

Hives: Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas, hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually from an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What would cause a person to get welts just by touching them?

What would cause a person to get welts just by touching them?

Dermatographism: Dermatographism means the ability to write on the skin. People with this form of chronic urticaria are sensitive to touch and pressure, as well as scratching. The areas of skin that are touched or scratched get a raised, red and itchy rash. Treatment is to identify the cause and antihistamines. ...Read more

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How do I figure out what these mysterious welts I'm getting are?

How do I figure out what these mysterious welts I'm getting are?

Welts: Welts are often hives--a reaction, often allergic, to something: medication, food, stress, etc. Making a food diary and noticing a link between any food, vitamin or medication can help. Unfortunately, if it is hives, it is often difficult if not impossible to find the cause. Otc antihistamines--allegra, zyrtec, (cetirizine) claritin--can help. ...Read more

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3" welts randomly appear instantly on back only and disappear with in a mintue never change anything use same products all the time they randomly appe?

3" welts randomly appear instantly on back only and disappear with in a mintue never change anything use same products all the time they randomly appe?

Fleeting welts: Those welts may be hives which are itchy and an allergic reaction to something internal (like a food or medication) or to something external like temperature, exercise, pressure on skin for example. Hives usually take hours to resolve, however. Another possibility would be insect bites which last longer than your welts. It would be helpful if a physician could see these welts for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

No bites: Silverfish are not bloodsuckers. They eat carbohydrates like food droppings on the floor or the glue in bookbindings. They will not attack you. ...Read more

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What are welts on the skin usually caused by?

What are welts on the skin usually caused by?

Multiple causes: Welts or hives on the skin are usually triggered by increased allergy cell activation (mast cells) that release histamine. If present for less than 6 weeks, they can be secondary to medication, infection, food, or sting. If they last greater than 6 weeks, there is often no known cause or there can be an autoimmune etiology. ...Read more

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What's the best cure for welts over the body?

What's the best cure for welts over the body?

Antihistamine: Antihistamines may work. You may need a biopsy and blood work to evaluate the whelps. ...Read more

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How can you make welts fade away, from rubberband snapping?

How can you make welts fade away, from rubberband snapping?

Stop snapping and..: Well, the obivious is stopping what is causing it, in your case, snapping with rubberband. Topical cortisone, calamnide, oral zyrtec/benadryl can help. You probably have dermatographia (writting on skin) in which light trauma/pressure to skin causes the hive to appear. Often, the search for the specific cause is illusive. If not better or worsen, call your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are these welts that appear right after I scratch my skin?

What are these welts that appear right after I scratch my skin?

Dermatographism: Welting of the skin immediately following rubbing is called dermatographism or dermatographic urticaria (medical word for hives). It suggests that a cell population in your skin, called mast cells, are releasing histamine. It is seen in 4-5% of people. In most cases a cause is not discovered. If it bothers you, try antihistamines like zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (check interactions and contraindications). ...Read more

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There is big red welted bug bites all over my child. What should I do?

There is big red welted bug bites all over my child. What should I do?

Call: Call your pediatrician. Bites may be from any number of different insects, and rx may vary. Call the pro. ...Read more

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After scratching my skin I get welts and my skin becomes really hot and it Hurst a little?

After scratching my skin I get welts and my skin becomes really hot and it Hurst a little?

Dermatographia: Some people have really sensitive skin. If you scratch your skin, you will get a raised rash on the affected skin. There is nothing to do about this, aside from taking benadryl (diphenhydramine). Try writing words on your skin with your fingernails. If it works, you have sealed the diagnosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a raised welted circle with two puncture wounds in the middle it itches what could this be? Thought it might be a spider

I have a raised welted circle with two puncture wounds in the middle it itches what could this be? Thought it might be a spider

Not enough info!: If this is worsening, your bite (assume it is by your description) may become infected. Certain bites (brown recluse spider, for example) can contain tissue toxins that lead to large (r) difficult-to-heal wounds that may require physician care or even surgery. If this is getting worse, see an md promptly. If no sign of worsening, oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the welt and itch. ...Read more

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I have itchy sensation all over my body most of the time, and when I scratch it welts but goes away. Its irritating please suggest/help?

I have itchy sensation all over my body most of the time, and when I scratch it welts but goes away. Its irritating please suggest/help?

Best to see Dr.: Rashes and skin conditions are best treated by a dr. Who can see the rash in person. It is tough to DX over the computer, and we are here to point you in the right direction. As stated, you could have allergic urticaria as one example, and in that case over the counter zyrtec (cetirizine) may help, but your treating dr. Needs to properly DX you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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For some months now I've been breakjng out in welts all iver my body and they itch bad and the more I scratch the more welts come what is it?

Itchy Welts: This could be urticaria commonly referred to as hives. If this is the case there are numerous possible causes a few of which are prescription or over the counter medications, heat, pressure and sunlight. You need to see a dermatologist to determine the possible cause and receive the appropriate treatment because in some cases hives can progress to a much more serious life threatening condition. ...Read more

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Welts on scalp, please help?

Welts on scalp, please help?

Welts: How long have they been there? What do they look like? Do you have pics? More information is needed to help you ...Read more

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Why when I scratch my skin I welt?

Why when I scratch my skin I welt?

Wilting: It is called urtication and is normal. Pressure on the skin releases histamine and other factors, which cause the welt. The same thing happens when you get bitten by an insect, or get hives. ...Read more

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Do mosquito bites leave big welts?

Do mosquito bites leave big welts?

They can: Misquito bites can leave big welts if you are sensitive to them. Do not scratch or yu can get infected. Use cortisone or benydrl cream for relief. ...Read more

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Giaant red welts from bug bites - what is this?

Giaant red welts from bug bites - what is this?

Not answerable.: It is often difficult to distinguish a bite from one insect from another. However spider bite often gets larger and infected. ...Read more

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What could be causing my recurring hives, welts?

What could be causing my recurring hives, welts?

Wish we knew: That is a question that as an allergist is very perplexing. In most people with chronic hives (ciu), hives going on for longer than 6 weeks, we do not find an external cause. Rather most people with ciu have very sensitive mast cells and basophil cells that readily release histamine causing the itching, reddness and swelling. Consider seeing a board certified allergist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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What causes rashes that look like welts? In toddlers

Urticaria: It is usually due to an infection somewhere in the body. The second most common cause would be an allergy to something. ...Read more

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What to do for itchy welts that come randomly on my body?

What to do for itchy welts that come randomly on my body?

Many things cause: welts or urticaria. To really find out you need to keep both a food diary and product diary (what goes in your body and what goes on your body) but even then 1/2 the time we don't actually find out the cause ...Read more

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I have weird rash and unusual welts, should I be concerned?

I have weird rash and unusual welts, should I be concerned?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more