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Urticaria

An outbreak of urticaria

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Urticaria goes by several names, including hives, nettle rash and welts. It is an itchy red rash composed of weals that affects the skin. These can vary greatly in size, from just a few millimetres to a handspan. Generally, an outbreak of urticaria will be over within 24 hours and when the weals fade the skin returns to normal. The condition can be either acute or chronic, the latter label being given when an outbreak strikes daily for six weeks. An estimated 1 in 5 people will be affected by acute urticaria at some point in their lives, though it is more common amongst children. Chronic urticaria will only affect about 1 in 1000.

With acute urticaria, allergens, irritants, infections, medicines or physical factors like heat or exercise can spark the condition. An allergen could be a certain food or material the body reacts to, whilst an irritant may be something like a nettle sting. Any of these factors may trigger the release of histamine in the skin, which is what causes the swollen itchy weals. Nonetheless, sometimes no cause can be identified. Chronic urticaria is linked to other conditions, such as autoimmunity problems. For example, if the immune system attacks the cells that contain histamine this will be released, causing urticaria. Other conditions have been linked to chronic urticaria, including thyroid disease and viral hepatitis.

Depending on what a doctor believes the cause of urticaria to be, you may be referred to an allergy clinic. In some cases urticaria clears of its own accord, however antihistamines are a common treatment for the condition. Corticosteroid tablets are also sometimes prescribed and menthol cream can be used to relieve itching. A change in diet is sometimes recommended to sufferers of chronic urticaria.

More complicated forms of urticaria exist, such as urticaria vasculitis, which leaves a bruise and requires a dermatologist’s expertise. Angioedema may also occur, causing swelling with a burning sensation, usually around the eyelids and lips. This will normally clear in a few days but call your GP if symptoms persist or cause difficulty with breathing.

NHS Choices:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Nettle-rash/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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Well I have a weird probem over here.Firstly I didnt bother to look or consult doctor about my changes in skin. There are alot of 'lines' on body. And its has been almost 6 years. But im not having any pain pr ithy because of this. Is it Urticaria or I'm having different problem. Can someone help me?





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Hi I also have ulticaria vasculitis and suffer from a lot of anxiety I am on telfast and I alone have swelling on lips and face at times am unable to go to work because of the pain





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Hello My self Kanika and I am an Indian I am suffering from chronic urticaria from last 8 years, when I was 17 years old.I gave CBSE examinations of 12th and suddenly met with this disease I felt that its a common allergy due to an allergen but I found that it is not permanently cured so it will be a big issue to my life ,its so painful, itchy, burn,swelled and of different shapes and sizes,but still now I am suffering from this and I have taken costly to costly treatment to recover from this permanently from the root system from my body and I got so tired to trying all types of treatment ,whether it is homeaopathic,ayurvedic or alleopathic, me and my family hard to find the right treatment and now we got tired,my hope have became restless, we does pray to god please forgive me and keep me get well soon.

Hi I'm 17 and I've had hives for a month now.. I have to take 2 Benedryl in the morning, 2 when I get home from school and 2 at night! The pills help reduce the amount of hives I get but I still get a lot!! I wake up an have hives all over my legs and arms and I can't wear shorts or anythin shortsleave because of how bad my hives are. It's affecting the way I'm living and it's getting warm outside too. I've realized that heat and stress makes my hives worse :/ I've been to allergists and doctors and they can't figure out what I'm allergic too. It might be nothng! I stay in my room alone a lot now when I have hives so my friends don't see how I look. I also have prom coming up and I'm scared that I will have hives for that or randomly break out!! It's destroying my social life. Plus I just got a job at mcdonalds I don't want to look like a freak there! I need help on how to reduce the amount of hives or even cure it. I heard juicing works but I'm scared to try it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you





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Hi does any one else know of 3 siblings who all have auto immune disorders and all 3 have low iron stores which are not helped with iron treatment .





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Hi There im really hoping you can help me . In November last year I had a flare up on something very severe on the side of my lips . I arrived home from work feeling like I had the flu hot/Cold. Woke the next day to the whole side of my face swollen and numb and this great big massive weeping lump right on the side of my lip. Afew 2 visits to a&e to be told could be a horsefly bite but didn't know 6 lots of antibiotics and painkillers and 4 weeks for it to clear. In the mean time it had eaten in to my lip. Then in Dec in flared up again but only lasted a week , about 2 wks again it came back last a week and has now come back with revenge eating into my flesh again .Doctors don't think it important as they will not give me an appointment . The 1st time it happened I couldn't eat for 3 wks and lost a lot of weight . I'm really worried abt this and espically now as im 3 months pregnant please help . Hi There im really hoping you can help me . In November last year I had a flare up on something very severe on the side of my lips . I arrived home from work feeling like I had the flu hot/Cold. Woke the next day to the whole side of my face swollen and numb and this great big massive weeping lump right on the side of my lip. Afew 2 visits to a&e to be told could be a horsefly bite but didn't know 6 lots of antibiotics and painkillers and 4 weeks for it to clear. In the mean time it had eaten in to my lip. Then in Dec in flared up again but only lasted a week , about 2 wks again it came back last a week and has now come back with revenge eating into my flesh again .Doctors don't think it important as they will not give me an appointment . The 1st time it happened I couldn't eat for 3 wks and lost a lot of weight . I'm really worried abt this and espically now as im 3 months pregnant please help .





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I have suffered from Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria for 6 years now, it has been depressing at times. I also suffer from insomnia and more recent hot flushes, it was only very recently that my doctor linked these symptoms together and has decided to test for Thyroid Disease (which my mum has)and I am strangely hoping I have it, at least it will be a step closer to controlling it. My advice would be to mention any other regular symptoms to your doctor on your next visit, no matter how insignificant or separate you think they are :)





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Hello there. I developed uticeral vasculitis a year ago, I was in so much pain with my whole body and felt every where was aching and heavy . my body came out in masses of rashes and bruising really bad! I was rushed into hospital and also found out I had blood poisoning. I has loads of test and skin biopsy and was given antihistamines, steroids, antibiotics,auto immune medication etc . It has left me scared on my legs and took 6 months for me to feel myself again! I felt my body had been yo he'll and back. Now a year on I still suffer not but not like it was... I still take antihistamines every day and immune meds and steroid cream (only when it plays up ). I come to learn that mine gets worse when I'm stressed. I really don't think this condition will ever fully go away but I pray it never gets to the severe stage mine got to again.





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Hi, My name is Byron I have been suffering from bad itchy skin and hot flashes whilst i eat. I've been to my doctors in regards to this and he's told me look over urticaria. my skin isn't getting patches, and as soon as i stop eating it will eventually go away. It happens with food more with spices in, But I've also seen it happening with things like BBQ sauce and even vinegar. I don't know if urticaria is the right diagnosis can i ask your opinion





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Hi Byron. I also come out in hives after eating anything that is spicy or contains vinegar. It sounds like you have an allergy to those foods. Although, I recently received acupuncture to treat my condition and was told by the doctor that the root cause is actually that I have low blood count and my blood is very toxic. This is apparently because my kidney has not bring able to flush out the toxins in my body and I have therefore an overload. This makes sense as I do sometimes get hives even though I haven't eaten anything that could have triggered them. I do get other symptoms too which is frequent vivid dreams and a constant need for the toilet. These symptoms are also linked to poor kidney function.

Hi I wanted to comment as I have suffered with this problem for around 6 months now and have tried almost everything. I have noticed that a few people have said that they have had allergy testing to foods to see if that was the problem but they have come back with no allergies...well it may not be that you are allergic to food allergens but rather the excess sugars and salt in the foods that are processed. looking into your diet seeing what you eat and how much refined sugar you have in your diet may be the first step. I have found that juicing has been one of the best things that I have done and believe that this could help a lot of people get rid of their urticaria for a longer period of time as it gets rid of the toxins within the body. google juicing.





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I have had chronic Urticaria for most of my life, I'm 24 now, I was only properly diagnosed with this about a year ago though along with many other allergies (excluding food). I take 6 high dose allergy tablets a day and nothing seems to work. I get random attacks of this and have no idea if he cause I have been to hospital twice because of this and been given steroids. It's very uncumfortable and quite embarrassing at times.





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Hello there, I had urticaria myself and know how it feels like, I used to cry for most of the day, i suggest u to drink as much water as you can (max 5litres) a day and also try ayurvedic medicines because they are really very effective, have good food, avoid nonveg and alcohol(I am very serious alcohol makes you Atoimmune)try having yogurt everyday and stay away from caffeinated drinks, I can bet u will fight this. Also get urself checked for vitamins,b12, D3 and C...stop taking antihistamines they have very bad aftereffects And steriods also. God Bless. All the best 👍. I am not a doctor, but I have experience with the disease.


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