Urticaria A Distressing Disorder


Urticaria, better to known to us as hives or a rash, is uncomfortable and itchy for the person that has it. It is simply a swelling in tissue that itches or stings from certain chemicals being released into the body, such as histamine. A breakout can last for just a few minutes to several hours or even days.  Common breakouts are on the legs, arms and upper body.

There are many different causes for a breakout of urticaria. Certain types of infections such as respiratory, infestations, malaria and hepatitis are just a few. Allergies from different foods are also a trigger, such as eggs, cheese, chocolate and berries. Medications can also cause an allergic reaction or even things in your everyday environment, such as pollen or dust.

A few other causes can also be from being pregnant, stress form getting too emotional, latex or even cold and heat if the temperature is too extreme. In some cases, even exercise can cause a breakout.  The types of urticaria are acute and chronic urticaria. Acute is when a breakout is recent and chronic means that that you have had a breakout for a long period of time.

If you find that you have these types of breakouts, you should seek the advice of your doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to examine your skin and decide on what the best course of treatment would be for you. There are a few different possibilities that they will choose from depending on the severity of your case.

You may be able to take an antihistamine to get it under control. Your doctor may prescribe you one or if you are comfortable, you can try something over the counter, such as Benadryl. If you are pregnant, be sure to consult with your physician before taking anything.

Avoiding alcohol, acidic fruits, reduced stress and an overall healthy diet and lifestyle can help to reduce your risk of breakouts. If you find that your breakouts are frequent, speak with your doctor so that you can get on a daily regimen to avoid them.

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