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What are the symptoms of a solar urticaria allergy?

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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What is a solar urticaria allergy?

What is a solar urticaria allergy?

Allergy to sun: Its a type of urticaria (hives) triggered by sun's uv rays. It is a rare condition and can cause severe discomfort to individuals with this condition when they go out in the sun. The exposed skin breaks out in red raised bumps with severe itching lasting for several hours. Sunblocks, antihistamines and limiting the time of exposure to sun can alleviate this condition. ...Read more

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How do you manage a solar urticaria allergy?

How do you manage a solar urticaria allergy?

Betacarotene: In addition to sunblocks, and antihistamines to decrease symptoms, betacarotene 1-8 pills a day may decrease solar urticiaria. At higher doses the skin will turn an orange color like carrots, but this is temporary. ...Read more

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Do solar urticaria allergies go away?

Do solar urticaria allergies go away?

Yes: But it can also persist and may need to be treated with oral antihistamines and topical steroids. ...Read more

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Can you explain what is solar urticaria?

Can you explain what is solar urticaria?

Reaction to sun.: Swelling and itiching that does not stay localized with negative blood tests. The body reacts to exposure to sunlight. This is distinguished from other conditions which cause sun sensitivity such as lupus. Treatment is antihistamines, sunscreen, and limiting sun exposure.Betacarotene orally can be useful in minimizing symptoms. ...Read more

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How common is solar urticaria and what are the risk factors for developing this?

How common is solar urticaria and what are the risk factors for developing this?

Rare condition: Solar urticaria is a rare cause of photosensitive dermatoses. Risk factors are a family history of the condition, having dermatitis, use of perfumes or other chemicals which may trigger the condition when there is exposure to sunlight, and use of antibiotics or other medications which may trigger the condition. I am available to consult with you further via Healthtap if you desire. ...Read more

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Solar urticaria-- what is treatment?

Solar urticaia Rx.: Sun avoidance, good sun screens, and antistamines are primary treatments. Solar urticaria is a form of physical urticaria (hives) and can be very annoying. There are some medications that can cause a person have a rash on exposure to sun, but they are usually not urticarial in nature. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments or drugs that can help with solar urticaria?

Solar Urticaria: A very frustrating disorder. Sunscreen and adequate coverage of the skin, oral non-sedating antihistamines once to twice daily. Consider buying swimwear including hats, tops, suits and bottoms that are impregnated with upf protection since that can also help. It will burn out but we don't know when. ...Read more

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Is solar urticaria dangerous?

Is solar urticaria dangerous?

Usually not: Solar urticaria normally results in hives after sun exposure that is often accompanied with itching, burning, and rarely pain. Severe attacks are RARE but can manifest with malaise, light-headedness, nausea, bronchospasm, and/or syncope. If you have solar urticaria, I recommend taking an oral antihistamine about an hour before going outdoors and protecting your skin when outside. ...Read more

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What causes cold urticaria and solar urticaria in the same patient? Could it be an hhv6 infection/encephalitis she had at 18 months?

Urticaria: It's not known why these two conditions occur. They may be inherited or caused by a virus. In the case of solar urticaria, there is also activation of some antigen in the skin by ultraviolet light which then causes an ige reaction. Ige is an antibody responsible for immediate hypersensitivity reactions of which urticaria is one. The mechanisms and causes of these are not entirely worked out yet. ...Read more

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+ana, postive 320 and anti ribosomal p antibodies. All other labwork is normal. Symptoms are photosenstivity, livedo reticularis, mouth sores.....?

+ana, postive 320 and anti ribosomal p antibodies. All other labwork is normal. Symptoms are photosenstivity, livedo reticularis, mouth sores.....?

See allergist and dermatologist: Your symptoms and clinical picture suggests to different diagnosis as -either simple allergic condition ,or connective tissue disease,lupus erythrommatosus .You should be further investigated as blood test and may be skin biopsy may give clue to diagnosis .Avoid sun exposure ,taking anti allergic medication and steroids may help .Consult the dermatologist ...Read more

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Is there a way to get tested for solar allergy? I get hives everytime I'm out in the sun.

Is there a way to get tested for solar allergy? I get hives everytime I'm out in the sun.

See allergist: There are different types of solar allergy and your best bet would be consulting an allergist. ...Read more

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Can you explain the relationship between allergies and urticaria?

Can you explain the relationship between allergies and urticaria?

Allergy & Hives: Urticaria, or hives, are caused by release of histamine in the skin; this leads to itching and a raised rash. Histamine is also released in allergic reactions; in the nose it causes drainage & sneezing while in the lungs it causes wheezing & tightness. Hives can be due to an allergic response to a food or medicine but they can also be a contact response or due to direct histamine activation. ...Read more

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Hi, can i infect my partner if i have the allergy (cold Urticaria)?

Hi, can i infect my partner if i have the allergy (cold Urticaria)?

Hives-urticaria: That is a localized wheal and hive response of your skin. This cannot be transmitted to your partner, as it is not an infectious disease. You should see an MD to work this up and diagnose your exact condition. There are many treatment options available to help you feel better. ...Read more

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What allergies are the most likely causes of urticaria?

What allergies are the most likely causes of urticaria?

Food allergy: Urticaria is a common presentation of food allergy. The common food allergens r peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg white, wheat, seafood, etc. But any food can cause allergy. Urticaria can also happen w drug allergy, sometimes pollen/animal allergy, but not as often. Sometime urticaria can happen w no obvious reason. See an allergist if it bothers u often, or u suspect it is due to an allergy. ...Read more

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Dermatological, maybe allergy problem (urticaria) - cannot tell for sure. What should I do?

Dermatological, maybe allergy problem (urticaria) - cannot tell for sure.  What should I do?

Take antihistamines: If your urticaria has an obvious cause, like peanuts or shrimp, or if you are experiencing lip swelling, tongue swelling, trouble breathing or light-headedness you should see an allergist. Otherwise, try taking an otc antihistamine like Cetirizine or fexofenadine once or twice a day. The urticaria will often resolve on its own over time. If this doesn't work, see a doc. ...Read more

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How can I treat(cure) heat allergies (cholinergic urticaria)?

How can I treat(cure) heat allergies (cholinergic urticaria)?

Antihistamines: Cholinergic urticaria (hives) is caused by increase in core body temperature with triggers like exercise with sweating, strong emotions, and bathing in hot water. Identify and avoid known triggers, avoid bathing in hot water and performing strenuous exercise during hot weather. Can take non-sedating antihistamines 1-2 times daily. Allergist can perform methacholine challenge in office to confirm. ...Read more

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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