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I am diagnosed with chronic urticaria and I have consulted doctor for it. But when I take medicines I do not feel any itching or redness on my body but the day I don't take medicines it comes back.

I am diagnosed with chronic urticaria and I have consulted doctor for it. But when I take medicines I do not feel any...
Hello Lybrate user !!! You need to identify the allergen and try to avoid it's exposure or get into a desensitisation program . you can try gluten free diet , acupuncture , hypnotherapy etc. But some important though rare underlying conditions like C1esterase deficiency etc have to be ruled out. All the best.
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My friend has urticaria problem she also has sun allergy and her hands and cheeks turn red rashes in sun. She got sun burns 2-3 weeks ago but still her burns are present. Kindly tell something to prevent sunburns.

My friend has urticaria problem she also has sun allergy and her hands and cheeks turn red rashes in sun. She got sun...
Hi, as far as sun allergy is concerned, make sure to sure a sunscreen lotion with spf of atleast more than 40. It has to be applied minimum half an hour before the person goes out of the home.Regarding urticaria she needs to identify the triggers which cause it and avoid the same. She can use homeopathic medicine Rhustox 30c thrice daily when she suffers with urticaria. Consult in private if you have any further queries.
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I am facing chronic hives from last october. My ige level is near by 1500 which was 2600 in october. My doctor gave bepazol and teczine in starting 6 month and after it alday and defcort 6 is taking by me. My thyroid level is normal. I want to know why it doesn't come under control.

I am facing chronic hives from last october. My ige level is near by 1500 which was 2600 in october. My doctor gave b...
There are certain allergens in your environment or in your food which need to be identified and you should avoid contact with them. Medicines you mentioned are prescribed to reduce effects of antigen antibody reaction which releases certain histamine and related substances which cause symptoms.
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I am 39 years male and I am suffering from chronic urticaria for more than a year. I have taken many medicines like anti histamine, montelukast, ranitidine,but I cannot get the better result. When I take steroids prednisolone 10 mg I feel better but it is used for short term only. So I would like to know weather there is any option. Thank you.

I am 39 years male and I am suffering from chronic urticaria for more than a year. I have taken many medicines like a...
You can try to find the cause of the urticaria by skin patch tests by dermatologist. If nothing works chronic low dose, e. G. 5 mg prednisolone daily under supervision of allergy specialist may be an option.
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Hives - Know Signs Of It!

Hives - Know Signs Of It!

‘Hives’, also known as urticaria, is the outbreak of pale red, swollen bumps on the body. It can occur on any part of the body including the face, back, arms or legs. It is a type of hypersensitivity reaction in which the cause for the reaction is idiopathic (unknown). Also, it can come in various shapes and sizes. Hives can be associated with redness, itching, and a burning and stinging sensation. These can last for more than a minute or even more than that; up to days.

What causes hives?
Most of the times, hives are idiopathic, i.e. the reason that causes this type of hypersensitivity reaction is unknown. The bumps are caused by the action of histamine that makes the plasma in the blood leak out of the small blood vessels. Histamine is a substance that is released from a specialized cell and is what causes allergic responses in general. There are three types of hives- namely, acute, chronic urticaria and physical urticaria. Acute urticaria is when the hives last for less than six weeks. Chronic urticaria occurs when the hives last for more than six weeks.

Physical urticaria refers to the condition when the hives are triggered due to causes such as heat, cold, sun exposure, sweating, pressure and exercise. Although, this condition is mainly idiopathic, there are common causes that may trigger this condition such as:

What are the symptoms of hives?
Hives are usually self-diagnosable. The various symptoms of urticaria are:

  1. Swollen red bumps known as wheals
  2. The red bumps can occur suddenly and subside all of a sudden as well
  3. “Blanching” which is characterized by the whitening of the swollen red part.
  4. They occur on any part of the body and can change shapes, and sizes. It can become larger or it can reduce in size; it can also move around in the body.
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Hives - What Should You Know?

Hives - What Should You Know?

Hives is also known as Urticaria, which is a sudden outbreak of swollen, red bumps on the skin. These occur due to an allergic reaction to an allergen or some unknown reasons. These bumps are usually accompanied by a few common symptoms like redness, burning sensation, itchiness, inflammation and swelling. They can be of varied shapes and most often the larger ones are very painful. Your skin gets badly affected by hives and the itchiness is quite irritating. 

Few facts about hives:

  1. Prominent symptoms: Hives occur due to allergic reactions and some of the most highlighting symptoms are trouble in breathing, swelling, stomach crampsdizziness and other related ones. People facing these kinds of symptoms are mainly kept in an emergency room so that proper care can be taken.
  2. Lasting period of hives: In general, the symptoms of hives fade away within a few hours and just few scratches are left behind. Though in some cases hives return either for few weeks or days. Some people experience the symptoms after specific intervals and thus you got to have proper medical care.
  3. Causes of hives: Some of the commonest causes of hives are medicines, excessive exercises, serious or rare diseases, cold, heat or pressure, insect bites or stings, different kinds of allergies especially food allergies, bladder or other infections and others. Sometimes, hives might occur all of a sudden without any specific reason.
  4. Who gets hives: Both adults and kids of different ages can have hives at any time. Thus, you should be aware fully of the same in order to prevent this kind of skin disease. Though the symptoms last maximum for six months but still the sufferings are unbearable at times.
  5. Diagnosis of hives: Hives can now be easily detected by doctors just by looking at the available symptoms and thus no special kind of diagnosis is required. Physical examination is conducted and the doctor often asks a few questions from the patients. If the symptoms continue for a long time then in that case blood tests are also recommended by the doctor. The doctor might recommend any other medical test in this regard in accordance with the patient's condition.
  6. Treating hives: The doctors often prescribe antihistamines to the patients who suffer from hives. The sources causing hives are asked to be avoided so that the chances of getting attacked by this kind of skin trouble can be reduced. Doctors keep the patients under supervision and then accordingly prescribe medicines for a speedy recovery.
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