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Urticaria - Symptoms & Treatment

Urticaria also known as hives, are groups of raised, red or white itchy welts (wheals) of different sizes that emerge and evaporate. The condition affects a probable 20 percent of the populace at one time or another in their lives. Hives can arise in times of emotional stress, work out, heat, or strong sunlight. Frequently this excessive occurrence arises on those with sensitive skin. Urticaria possibly will be acute or chronic. Acute urticaria is repeatedly self-limited and frequently resolves in 24 hours however may last up to 6 weeks. Chronic urticaria lasts above 6 weeks. Neither acute nor chronic urticaria results in durable consequences other than anxiety and depression.

Urticaria can arise in any age group, while chronic urticaria is more frequent in the fourth and fifth decades. Certain types of chronic hives are more tender than itchy. The hives may depart leaving a bruise on the skin, and individual hives may last over 24 hours. In such cases, the cause may be tenderness of the blood vessels (vasculitis). Even as the basic reason of chronic hives is usually not known, treatment can help with symptoms. If a causal factor can be known, the best treatment is to avoid or get rid of that factor. For instance, if a problem with a specific food is strongly assumed, then that food should be reduced from your diet. This will need cautious reading of packaged food labels and vigilant questioning about ingredients in restaurant meals.

Causes of Urticaria

Some causes & risk factors of Urticaria are as follows:

  • Many foods that reason urticaria are: nuts, chocolate, shellfish, tomatoes, eggs, berries, and milk.
  • Antibiotics, pain drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers, diuretics (water pills), diet supplements, antacids, arthritis tablets, vitamins, herbal supplements, laxatives, vaginal douches, or any other non-recommended thing can be a possible reason of urticaria.
  • Adults and children can obtain urticaria, but it is more expected in those with allergies or sensitivities to heat or cold.
  • Various infections can reason urticaria. Viral upper-respiratory tract contaminations (colds) are a common reason in children.
  • Other viruses, including hepatitis and numerous bacterial and fungal infections, may induce urticaria.

Symptoms of Urticaria

The possible symptoms of Urticaria includes:

  • The weals may be red, pink or white and are frequently enclosed by red skin.
  • The weals are typically itchy.
  • Fever.
  • When larger areas of the skin are occupied, the condition is called angioedema, and may include stern swelling that obstructs with breathing.
  • Digestive problems.

Treatments of Urticaria

The best treatment for urticaria is to discover and eradicate the cause whenever probable. In most cases, urticaria will recover with medications for instance antihistamines. Low-sedating or non-sedating antihistamines are chosen because they are efficient with minimal side effects. A medicine used for psoriasis and kidney transplants, cyclosporin, is almost always useful in clearing even the most stern cases of chronic hives at low doses. However, it causes considerable side effects if taken for a long time. If you have a flare-up of strict symptoms, your GP may recommend a short course of steroid tablets in addition to antihistamines. The steroids may help to make stern urticaria symptoms go away more rapidly. To evade side-effects like drowsiness, non-sedative antihistamines are accessible. Antihistamine creams are useless.


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