Urticaria/ Hives

Urticaria/Hives are red, itchy rash that looks similar to mosquito bites. The condition is considered Chronic Urticaria/Hives if the welts appear for more than 6 weeks. Chronic hives can be very uncomfortable and interfere with sleep and daily activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms include:

  • Welts that vary in size, change shape, and appear and fade 

  • Itching, which may be severe

  • Painful swelling (angioedema) of the lips, extremities, eyelids and inside the throat

 

Chronic hives don't put you at any sudden risk of a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). But if you do experience hives as part of a serious allergic reaction, seek emergency care. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include dizziness, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, eyelids and tongue.

 

Diagnosis:

Skin tests are rarely helpful in diagnosing urticaria. Usually blood tests to determine potential cause of urticaria will be performed.

 

Treatment:

Initial treatment usually involves taking antihistamines. Other medications such as montelukast, biologic medications, oral corticosteroids and occasionally immune-suppressing drugs can be used to treat severe disease.

 

Lifestyle and home remedies:

Chronic hives can go on for months and years. The following precautions may help prevent or soothe the recurring skin reactions of chronic hives:

  • Wear loose, light clothing.

  • Avoid scratching or using harsh soaps and avoid known triggers.

  • Soothe the affected area with a bath, fan, cool cloth, lotion or anti-itch cream.

  • Keep a diary of when and where hives occur, what you were doing, what you were eating, and so on. This may help you and your doctor identify triggers.

  • Apply sunscreen before going outside.

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