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Why do I get hives during the winter months?

Why do I get hives during the winter months?

Cold urticaria: Urticaria or "hives" as they are commonly called, can be triggered by exposure to cold. Persons with cold urticaria often cannot hold a cold can in their hand without itching developing when the hand is re-warmed. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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How come i get hives during an asthma attack?

How come i get hives during an asthma attack?

Good ?: This is very uncommon and i can't recall having seen anyone with these two conditions occurring together on a consistent basis. Are these episodes related to pet exposure? Some times excessive mold exposure may trigger asthma or hives and perhaps that may be the best guess. ...Read more

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How typical is it to get hives on your arms during a flu or cold?

Not normal but happe: Hives may be triggered by stress during a flue, less likely due to a cold. Hives may be due to whatever you choose to treat the symptoms of the flue, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and medications used to treat the symptoms, such as caugh medicines, decongestants and other medications. For colds and flue, it is best to drink large amounts of fluids and use Acetaminophen for fever and muscle aches. ...Read more

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I have been suffering with chronic hives for 4 months now and I honestly do not know what the trigger is to this allergic reaction. I get breakouts sometimes during the day , or when I'm going to sleep after I shower?

I have been suffering with chronic hives for 4 months now and I honestly do not know what the trigger is to this allergic reaction. I get breakouts sometimes during the day , or when I'm going to sleep after I shower?

Change soap: The trigger is sometimes hard to find in chronic urticaria but you have sleuthed the solution yourself. The pruritis or itching is worse after your shower. What kind of soap are you using? You may have developed a hypersensitivity to it. Change to hypoallergenic soap you also need a full history and exam to look for other causes. Pregnancy test, md visit next steps. Dry skin another common cause ...Read more

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I've been breaking out in hives now almost everyday at least 4 times a week for the past 2 years. Also the tips of my fingers and lips get swollen, I notice this happen more towards the night but also during the day especially after working out. Should I

I've been breaking out in hives now almost everyday at least 4 times a week for the past 2 years. Also the tips of my fingers and lips get swollen, I notice this happen more towards the night but also during the day especially after working out. Should I

Rash : Hi Jen, Your body is in a inflammatory state causing urticaria or rash. In addition it appears your experiencing Raynaud's phenomenon which causes the blue hue of the finger tips, and especially during the cold. This is inflammation of the smaller blood vessels in the fingertips which leads to poor blood flow. I would suggest meeting up with a rheumatologist to further work up these symptoms! ...Read more

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Why does dermatographic (or idiopathic chronic) urticaria tend to get worse at night / before & during sleep? When I wake up, it's much less severe.

Chronobiology: When one wakes up, the body is pumped with with epinephrine( norepinephrine) and steroid to prepare for hunting or gathering. These agents need to be mostly shut off at night to allow you to fall asleep . Since both of these agents counter itching and hives, they can account for what you have observed. There may be other factors involved but this is the simplest explanation. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives while exercising?

Urticaria: Cholinergic urticaria is a rash brought on by physical stimulus. The stimulus might be heat but thought also to be sweating. Hives last a short time. It develops usually in response to exercise, bathing, in heated environment, or emotional stress. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives and have since I have had my son 2 years ago?

Why do I get hives and have since I have had my son  2 years ago?

Hives: Hives can be caused by allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, or medicines can all cause histamine release. Sometimes it's impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed. Hives can also be caused by infections or systemic disease. See your local allergist for help. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives everytime I have a shower?

Hives from hot water: Hives when showering are called a "physical urticaria." these types of urticaria mean the histamine in your mast cells is for unknown reasons, easier to release than other people's histamine. Sometimes the stimulus is heat, sometimes cold, sometimes water, sometimes vibration. When the hives are small, it's often called cholinergic urticaria. Usually, antihistamines can block the symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives even if I'm are not allergic to any foods?

Why do I get hives even if I'm are not allergic to any foods?

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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Why do I get hives on arms and behind knees after I sweat?

Why do I get hives on arms and behind knees after I sweat?

Physical Urticaria: These are warmer spots of the body and places we tend to sweat more....Hives can oftentimes afflict these locations. It is nothing abnormal. Stick to loose-fitting and cotton-blend clothing. Oral antihistamines can also help. ...Read more

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Why do I get hives and itchy spots between fingers? And i just got red bumps in my elbow.

Why do I get hives and itchy spots between fingers? And i just got red bumps in my elbow.

Many reasons: The red bumps could be a form of hives in skin that is more tight by the elbow. Hives may be caused by allergies to 1. Pollens - unlikely this time of the year in the north 2. Dust/mold/cats/dogs 3. Foods 4. Drugs 5. Autoimmune reasons (lupus for example) 6. Infections (even hepatitis) 7. Thyroid abnormalities. ...Read more

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How exactly do you get hives?

How exactly do you get hives?

An allergic reaction: Hives occur when mast cells release histamine. Histamine makes nearby nerve endings fire causing the sensation of itching & iincreasing blood flow causing redness. Small veins leak plasma (the liquid part of blood) causing local edema - that's the white bump. Hives lasting 6 weeks or less are usually caused by a virus or an allergic reaction to a food, medication, insect bite or sting. ...Read more

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How do I get relief from hives?

Avoid: Avoid the causative agent. Use an over the counter antihistamine such as Cetirizine in adequate dose. Cool compresses, avoidance of heat and irritants. Consider additional agents if these don't work. See your doc. ...Read more

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Do hives get progressively worse?

Do hives get progressively worse?

No: For people that have had hives for a long period of time (more than a couple months) they may get better and worse in intensity off and on, but don't usually worsen steadily or progressively. However, they may continue for a long time, which can be frustrating. Usually, we can find a combination of medicines that controls most hives, but it can take some trial and error to find what works. ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to get hives?

What is the easiest way to get hives?

Allergic rxn to food: Hives generally represent allergic reactions to some trigger, often a food ingestion.Hives can also arise in response to fabric softeners, shampoos, makeup, metals & a large variety of other agents. ...Read more

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Can you get hives any place on your body?

Can you get hives any place on your body?

Anywhere on the skin: Some parts of the body react differently. Instead of hives the lips and eyelids often swell and hurt. This is called angioedema (see photo). This often occurs with the hands and feet as well. When the eye itself has an allergic reaction the white of the eye swells but the iris and pupil do not. This is called chemosis. ...Read more

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Can you get hives from being really upset?

Yes and no: Stress can worsen hives but does not cause it. If you have developed hives in the past, and are going through a stressful period, it may make them worse. ...Read more