Recurrent red hives (urticaria)
Do you have a recurrent history of red swollen/raised-like eruption with itching and burning pain that appears suddenly lasting from a few hours to days/months?
You may have hives or termed as urticaria.
Urticaria is known to affect up to 20 percent of the population and strikes people irrespective of age, race, or gender.
Hives most often appear in the evening or early morning just after waking. Itching is typically worse at night, often interfering with sleep.
- Hives can occur when too much histamine is released in the body by the immune system in response to allergens. Histamines are chemicals your body produces in an attempt to defend itself against infection and other outside intruders. Unfortunately, in some people, histamines can cause swelling, itching, and many of the symptoms that are experienced with hives.
- Common allergen
- Food allergen:-
- Drug allergy
- Insect bite
Types of hives
- Acute /allergic reaction:- episode occurring of less than six weeks. The most common causes of hives are allergic reactions. These can be caused by any allergen you might be sensitive to, including foods (such as nuts, milk, and eggs), pet dander, pollen, dust mites, insect bites, or stings, medications (primarily antibiotics, cancer drugs, and ibuprofen)
- Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. In this condition, hives are often accompanied by breathing difficulties, nausea or vomiting, severe swelling, and dizziness. This type of case needs immediate attention/hospitalization.
- Chronic hive:- This is the case in which urticaria is from more than six weeks of time and is of recurring nature, due consideration should be given to rule out following underlying pathology.
- type 1 diabetes
- rheumatoid arthritis
- thyroid disease
- Dermatographism:- these are the cases wherein general scratching/stroking on the skin creates a red hive-like eruption.
- Temperature-induced hives Sometimes change in temperature can induce hives in people who are sensitive to such changes. Cold-induced hives may occur from cold water or air exposure, while body heat from physical activity may cause exercise-induced hives. Exposure to sunlight or tanning beds may also bring about solar hives in some people.
- Infection-induced hives Both viral and bacterial can cause hives. Common bacterial infections causing hives include urinary tract infections and streptococcal throat. Viruses that cause infectious mononucleosis, hepatitis, and colds often cause hives.
- Angioedema:- In this type of case swelling happens under the skin, seen around the eye & lips occasionally genitals, hands, and feet.
- Identifying the cause and possible refrain and avoid consuming such food/ allergens.
- Avoid using steroids in such cases, steroid-dependent cases take a little longer to heal in the long run.
- Although urticaria manifestation is visible on the skin, the problem is the system disorder( immune system), which needs to address deeper error. Addressing the local issue will only give temporary results, with recurrence on withdrawal of medicine.
- Homeopathy plays a crucial role to address the cure from the root cause. Rather than just suppressing outward manifestation of symptoms.
- Homeopathic treatment for urticaria is more beneficial because, with conventional medicines, there are chances of long-term dependency on anti-allergic medicines. While Homoeopathic treatment involves analyzing complete and detailed information from the patient to select the right constitutional medicine for providing marked improvement with long-term relief.
- Homeopathic medicines reduce both the intensity and frequency of attacks of urticaria and help in improving the quality of life of patients. Individualized homeopathic treatment is associated with significant alleviation of urticaria symptoms, thus also leading to a reduction in the use of conventional anti-allergic medication.
Can I prevent hives?
If you know what triggers your hives, you may be able to prevent an outbreak by avoiding certain situations or making small changes to your diet.
If you’re not sure what triggers your hives, you may find it helpful to try:
- Keeping a food diary — to help you identify and keep track of foods that might trigger your condition. Peanuts, eggs, or shellfish can be triggers for some people
- Wearing loose, light clothing — if heat or physical pressure trigger your hives
- Avoiding excessive heat, spicy foods, or intense physical exercise — if getting hot or sweating makes you break out in hives
- Avoiding aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications — these medications can make hives worse, or trigger an outbreak if you are sensitive to them
- Avoiding alcohol — can trigger an immune response that causes hives in some people
It’s important to remember that you won’t be able to prevent all cases of hives, but the prevention above may help provide relief if they do occur.
A common question asked by the patient in the clinic
Are urticaria hives contagious?
Urticaria hives aren’t contagious, meaning you won’t develop them on your skin by touching hives on another person. However, the trigger that causes this skin reaction can be contagious.
How is urticaria diagnosed?
Diagnosis is typically reached using the patient’s history along with a physical examination. Laboratory workup is based on clinical suspicion and is used to exclude underlying causes, although most cases constitute unknown or spontaneous causes.
Are the hives and urticaria the same?
Yes, urticaria is the medical terminology name for hives.
Urticaria how long does it last?
In acute cases, it all depends upon the causative /trigger factor, the earlier we remove or stop it the episode of recurrence if ints intensity and frequency may stop.
Chronic hives last a longer time. Most often more than 50% of the time it is autoimmune. The analyzing of homeopathic constitutional medicine and continuing for six months to two years have shown a considerable decrease in its frequency and intensity with complete remission of symptoms.
Why urticaria occurs at the night?
Urticaria can be triggered at any time, there is no time preference noted as such.
Another reason may be possible that you are exposing yourself to the irritant causing the hives more in the evening, resulting in a more severe reaction/renewed reaction.
What is cholinergic urticaria?
Cholinergic urticaria is a type of hives brought on by raised body temperature. It typically develops when you exercise or sweat. More often than not, Cholinergic urticaria appears and disappears on its own within a few hours.