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Will urticaria kill me?

Will urticaria kill me?

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 more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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Can urticaria kill me? I've had rashes for 6 weeks, am i gonna die?

Can urticaria kill me? I've had rashes for 6 weeks, am i gonna die?

Hives don't kill: Hives are very itchy and appear unsightly, but do not lead to death. They can be a sign of allergy or if going on for over 4 weeks, may be related to an autoimmune urticaria. Either way, there is pretty good treatment options especially with antihistamines. If there is swelling that affects the throat or breathing difficulties, see your allergist right away. ...Read more

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Will urticaria kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will drive you crazy: Urticaria is more uncomfortable than life threatening. It can reach extremes, predisposing to skin infection and severe fluid loss with dehydration. ...Read more

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Can hives kill?

Can hives kill?

VERY Rarely: Hives are annoying but extremely rarely are life threatening and only if hives cause swelling in throat/upper airway. Usually hives only affect skin and pattern of distribution tends to recur so if previous hive attacks were only on skin, not internal, then unlikely future attack will be internal and affect throat/upper airway. ...Read more

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How can I treat urticaria?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines are the primary treatment for hives. Long acting ones like zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) are often effective and easier to take than short acting ones like benedryl. If the hives are persistent or recurrent, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I manage urticaria?

How can I manage urticaria?

Antihistamines: The primary way to manage hives (urticaria) is with over the counter antihistamines (cetirizine) or prescription antihistamines (hydroxyzine). If your hives have been present for more than 3-4 weeks, i would recommend seeing your physician asap. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have urticaria?

What can I do if I have urticaria?

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

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How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

How is urticaria diagnosed usually?

Examination: Examination of the skin or pictures of the skin during an outbreak. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have urticaria?

What does it mean if I have urticaria?

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 more

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