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Why Do I Get Hives During The Winter Months
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get cyclical hives before/during my period (exactly one day after taking my last birth control pill in the pack). Should I discontinue the pill?
A trial off: I would talk with your physician about a trial off oral contraceptives. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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