Hives is also known as urticaria. It is a outbreak of swollen, patches of red bumps or welts on the skin. It can arise from allergies or other reasons. It is accompanied by itching, burning or stining sensation. Hives can appear on the lips, face, tongue, ears, throat or on the neck shoulders and back. It can cover a large area or small and may join other areas as it spreads. Hives can last for several hours or days. Call a board certified dermatologist.
What causes Hives?
Hives can form when, blood plasma leaks out of small blood vessels in the skin. Allergies, food, insect stings, extended exposure to sunlight or medications can all cause a break out in Hives. In children, it can also break out when the above circumstances are present. Hives in children can be controlled with over the counter medications. Some Hives treatments can be home remedies as well. Consult with a board certified dermatologist for options for Hives treatment
Types of Hives and angioedema?
There are several different types of hives and angioedema, including:
Hives or swelling that lasts for less than six weeks. This is usually in reaction to allergic reactions to food, medication, infection, latex or insect bites. Common foods that brings on Hives include; milk, wheat, soy, chocolate, fish, shell fish, tomatoes, eggs, berries, nuts, foods with preservatives. Medication include aspirin, ibuprofen, painkillers and codeine.
Angioedema is severe swelling beneath the skin. The swelling may also occur on the surface of the skin. In some cases, the swelling is combined with the appearance of hives. Some areas of the body such as the face and limbs, are more prone to swelling than others. It’s due to this swelling that angioedema is sometimes referred to as “giant hives.”
Symptoms of Angiodema
swollen eyes or lining of the eyes
difficulty in breathing
When angioedema is hereditary in a family, the condition is known as hereditary angioedema. Hereditary angioedema has different causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications than regular angioedema.
Hives or swelling that lasts more than 6 weeks is called Chronic Urticaria. The cause is more difficult to determine because it may be more systemic; These symptoms are from hormonal imbalances: autoimmune, chronic infections, hormonal disorders and malignancy.
This is when Urticaria is cause by direct physical contact with the skin. Usually, repetitive motions, cold, heat, exposure to the sun, vibrations, pressure, sweating and exercise can all cause this form of Hives.
How to treat Hives
The best way to treat Hives to to identify the trigger or “what is causing the problem?”
Once you have identified the trigger allegeric reaction to food, medication and/or latex. Try these remedies to address the problem. Also, consult with a board certified dermatologist.
Home remedies for Hives
Avoid hot water. Use luke warm water to wash your face and shower
Avoid heavily fragrance soaps and detergents
Bath/shower once per day
Use hypo-allergenic soaps for showers and detergents
Use cool compress to area
Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes