Hives (urticaria)

Hives are raised, itchy, pink bumps or patches that can measure anywhere from 1 to several inches in diameter and can appear anywhere on the body. Usually they are caused by exposure to an allergen/trigger such as certain foods, scents, plants erektildysfunksjon no, animals, medications, etc. Sometimes the cause is unknown and may be the first sign of an allergy.

Most of the time, hives disappear within a few hours. Cold compresses can be used to relieve itching. Benadryl is used to bring down the rash and reduce itching (side effect= drowsiness). Claritin and Zyrtec can be used for allergies as well; however, they may not provide immediate relief for hives.

If exposure to an allergen causes throat swelling, trouble breathing, wheezing, choking, or respiratory distress, this may be a sign of anaphylaxis. This is an emergency! Report to the ER immediately if anaphylaxis develops and/or use your prescribed epi-pen if you have one. Also, make sure your doctor has all your allergies and reactions up to date.

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Article by Natalia Cotton, PA