Chronic Hives - Urticaria symptoms and treatment By VieFit Sutra


Hives, medically also known as urticaria, affects about 20 percent of people at some time during their lives. Hives appear on the skin as wheals that are red, very itchy, smoothly elevated areas of skin often with a blanched center. They appear in varying shapes and sizes, from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter anywhere on the body.

It can be triggered by many substances or situations and usually starts as an itchy patch of skin that turns into swollen red welts.

Hives are more common in women than in men.

An individual hive usually lasts no longer than 24 hours. An outbreak that looks impressive, even alarming, first thing in the morning can be completely gone by noon, only to be back in full force later in the day.

Swelling deeper in the skin that may accompany hives is called angioedema. This swelling of the hands and feet, as well as the face (lips or eyelids), can be as dramatic as it is brief.

There are two types of hives - short-lived (acute) and long-term (chronic). Neither is typically life-threatening, though any swelling in the throat or any other symptom that restricts breathing requires immediate emergency care..

Hives Triggers

  • Some food (especially peanuts, eggs, nuts and shellfish)

  • Medications, such as antibiotics (especially penicillin and sulfa), aspirin and ibuprofen

  • Insect or bugs stings or bites

  • Physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, heat, exercise or sun exposure

  • Latex

  • Scratching

  • Blood transfusions

  • Bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and strep throat

  • Viral infections, including the common cold, infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis

  • Pet dander

  • Pollen

  • Workout

  • Stress

  • Alcohol

  • Some plants, such as poison oak and poison ivy

  • Tight squeeze- due to belt, bag pack etc

Hives Management and Treatment

  • Avoid known triggers like alcohol, perfumes etc

  • See an allergist, who will try to look for triggers to your hives and may recommend medications to prevent the hives or reduce the severity of symptoms. Whether the treatment is available only by prescription or over the counter will depend on several factors, including how uncomfortable the hives are making you.

  • Medications help, but lifestyle changes can make you more comfortable, too.

  • Use mild, fragrance-free soap.

  • Don't Dry Out-Some people get new hives from scratching their skin. When it's dry, it's itchy.

  • Keep your skin moisturized

  • Avoid hot water

  • Limit baths and showers to 10 minutes

  • Moisturize right after you bathe.

  • Use a humidifier.

  • Watch What You Do-Some things people do or take every day can cause a reaction.

Know When to Get Help

Get help right away if any of the following come with an outbreak:

  • Swelling in your lips

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Trouble breathing

  • Tightness in your throat, hoarse voice

  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea

  • Fast heartbeat

  • Feeling of doom

  • Chest pains

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