What Is Hives Allergies?

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Scratching here and there, redness and rashes on scattered areas of the skin, sometimes accompanied with swelling of the face and lips—this is what we usually refer to as hives. Hives is a layman’s term for what is medically referred to as urticaria. Urticaria or hives allergies are an occurrence of wheal formation in various areas of the body. Hives allergy occur due to hypersensitivity of the body to certain triggers in the environment internal or external to the person’s system.

More specifically, hives allergies can give rise to these common signs and symptoms:

  1. Skin Rash- needless to say, skin rashes are the most common manifestation of hives allergies. Unlike other forms of skin rashes, hives occur in a raised form of various sizes.
  2. Itchiness, Pain and Warmth- like a usual form of an inflammatory response, hives allergies is usually accompanied with itchiness, pain and warmth. These symptoms are relative to the release of chemical mediators in the blood that leads to such signs and symptoms.
  3. Chest Tightness- since hives allergies can lead to swelling of the airways leading to problems breathing and chest tightness.

Types of Hives Allergies

Hives allergies may come in different forms and types. Here are the common types of hives allergies that a person may suffer from:

Acute Hives Allergies. This hives allergies occur in a short period, say less than six weeks. It is usually caused by food allergies, medication hypersensitivity reaction, insect bites, etc.

Chronic Hives Allergies. If an allergy has occurred and persisted for more than six weeks, it can be classified as a chronic allergy. Causes of chronic hives allergies  are hard to distinguish from those causing acute attacks. Autoimmunity, hormonal dysfunctions and chronic infections are known causes of chronic allergies.

Physical    Hives. Direct stimulation of the skin by reason of wind, physical force, cold, heat, etc can occur within an hour after exposure to such triggers. Physical hives are contained only in the area which have been affected/ exposed to triggers and rarely spread all over the body.

Treatment Options for Hive Allergies

Medications are to be given immediately to patients with hives to prevent further inflammation. Corticosteroids and anti-histamines are common drugs given to patients with hives allergies.

Since skin irritation cannot be avoided, anti-pruritic creams may also be applied liberally. However, these creams are not the definite cure for hives allergies as these will just cure the symptoms, not the root cause of the condition.

Some people may also suffer from chest tightness and difficulty of breathing during hives allergies attack. As such, supplemental oxygen may be given to people suffering from it.

Using gentle or mild soap to clean the skin can help lessen the severity of hives allergies. Keep yourself in a cool environment since cool temperature can constrict your blood vessels and lastly, wear clothes which are not too tight on your skin. This can avoid further undue pressure and contact with your hives allergies.



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