Easily Manage Your Irritating Hives

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Hives also known as urticaria is a risk-free type of rash or skin allergy. The rash comprises circular, raised welts on the skin that are usually itchy and occur in batches. Hives could vary in size, from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. Urticaria normally affects the throat, legs, arms and trunk. About 16% of population experiences these types of rashes at some point of time in their lives. There are some hives treatment that are carried on once its causes and symptoms are detected.
Common reasons that causes hives
The most common skin allergies that cause hives include:
•    Foods like tomatoes, nuts, shellfish, soy, chocolate and berries
•    Pollen and cat dander
•    Insect bites such as bee ans wasp stings
Other hives causes include: emotional stress, bacterial, viral and fungus infections, hepatitis B, parasitic worms, food additives, cold temperatures, heat, plants, sweating and dermatographism ( irritation caused from tight fitting clothes). Face is one of the parts of body where hives occur. Hives on face are caused by some allergic reaction to the body.
Symptoms of hives
Symptoms of hives are caused by histamine release from mast cells that exist deep within the skin. Common hives symptoms include:
•    Sudden onset, skin or red colored welts that resemble mosquito bites
•    Welts change quickly i.e. size, shape and location
•    Itching, welts commonly last for about 24 hours
•    Angioedema i.e. swelling of lips, face, and tongue
Treatment of hives
The symptoms of hives need to be treated if the substance or allergy responsible for them could not be found. Hives and itching can be controlled by using primary medications such as antihistamines. Some of the treatment for hives is as follows:
•    Antihistamines such as Benedryl, Atarax, Seldane and Tagamet
•    Corticosteroids- used in more severe cases
•    Injections of epinephrine are used in cases that involve life threatening episodes
•    Avoidance of unknown allergens
Hives rash can be controlled by avoiding heat, by keeping the temperature of the skin cool; staying away from alcohol as it causes flushing of the skin, by trying not to scratch affected areas and by wearing loose clothes that doesn’t put pressure on the skin.

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