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Information about Urticaria

We Have to Know about the Urticaria

  • Common allergic reaction
  • Angioedema coexists, which involves larger areas and deeper tissues beneath the skin.

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions               

Causes of Urticaria

  • Allergy to certain foods like fish, nuts, eggs, and milk
  • Direct contact with pollen, animal dander, latex, and insect stings.

Do’s and Don’ts of Urticaria

  • Identify the cause and avoid exposure to it
  • Stress control

Signs & Symptoms of Urticaria

  • Itching, smooth, whitish, and slightly elevated areas surrounded by a red rash occurs in clusters
  • Hives are most common on the arms, legs, and trunk.
  • In angioedema – burning occurs around eyes and lips, rarely inside the throat, genitals

Medical advice for Urticaria

  • If burning is beginning to develop in your throat, or you have difficulty breathing
  • If you develop hives after a blood transfusion.
  • If you develop hives and symptoms such as a dry throat, cough, nausea, dizziness, abdominal cramps, shortness of breath immediately after an insect bite or drug injection.

Risk factors of Urticaria

  • Have a family history of Hives

Treatment for Urticaria

  • Antihistamines and ultraviolet light treatments

Self-care for Urticaria

  • To relieve the itching soak in a lukewarm bath, or apply calamine lotion or a cold compress to the area.
  • Avoid heating or rubbing, which releases more histamines.

Investigations for Urticaria