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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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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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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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What to do if boyfriend has urticaria ?

What to do if boyfriend has urticaria ?

Not contagious: You are not at risk of catching urticaria from your boyfriend. The best thing you could do is be gentle with him, scratch his back, and get him some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) :-). ...Read more

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I am suffring from chornic urticaria last 15 years.

See below: You may want to consider being tested for celiac disease---there are cases of chronic urticara associated with it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have urticaria or something else ?

Urticaria: Your doctor can help you answer your question by examining your skin lesions ...Read more

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Whats cold contact urticaria?

Whats cold contact urticaria?

Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube on your skin you will develop a hive at the site (see photo). Keep warm, cover skin in cold air, take antihistamines. Swimming in cold water and cold drinks can be fatal. See an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Whats cold contact urticaria cure?

Whats cold contact urticaria cure?

Heat, antihistamine : First avoid temperatures colder than the temperature which causes your hives. Second cover as much of your skin as possible. Third, because the hives are due to the release of histamine in your skin when it cools, antihistamines will minimize or control the symptoms. See an allergist. Avoid swimming in cold water and drinking cold drinks to prevent potentially life threatening reactions. ...Read more

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Is urticaria painful or just itchy?

Is urticaria painful or just itchy?

Can be painful.: Urticaria may be painful especially if near a joint or if the lesions are due to vasculiis. You need to see you doctor. ...Read more

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Is amla good for urticaria problems?

May be momentarily: I believe you meant "emla" which is a topical anesthetic, short acting, and wouldn't help with urticarial symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a simple remedy to urticaria?

Is there a simple remedy to urticaria?

Find & Control: Find the cause, when possible. Control the symptoms. There are many things which cause urticaria, and sometimes urticaria can be auto-immune (ie due to your own body's production of antibodies). An allergist can help you identify the cause, when possible, either something as simple as your soap, or watch, or a food, or more complicated like a serious medical problem. ...Read more

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What can be done for chronic urticaria?

What can be done for chronic urticaria?

Chronic Urticaria: The cause of chronic idiopathic urticaria is currently unknown. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. Screening labs can be drawn by Allergist to see if hives caused by autoimmune condition including thyroid disorder. Treat with high dose antihistamines (Zyrtec, Zantac), also can add montelukast or doxepin. If still not effective oral albuterol, cyclosporin, Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) or sulfasalazine. ...Read more

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