Posted on Feb 03, 2007 | Comments 0
If you have had food or medicine few days back which is new to you and then you notice that your skin is been some what abnormal, like itchy and red welts then you must not neglect as these may be Hives!
Food or Medicines! The exact cause behind these hives is allergic food and medicines.
Any food which you are allergic to or any medicine whose chemical composition you are allergic to may cause hives. The best way to prevent them from happening is through your previous experience and not to take those food items and medicines in future.
The allergic procedure is well explained as the release of histamine substance in those medicines or food and a person being allergic to this substance as this is released into the bloodstream. People with hay fever are at much higher risk for developing hives.
A condition in which hives occur around the face, especially the lips and eyes is called angioedema. Apart from swelling on the face the other side effects are swelling around your hands, feet, and throat may also occur due to angioedema.
Stay Away! Yes many foods have found to be the reason for the allergy. These have found to trigger hives in away, for example Shellfish, fish, nuts, eggs, milk. Also medications, pollen, animal dander especially cats and some insect bites form a reason for hives.
Surprisingly emotional stress, infections like mononucleosis or illness which includes leukemia, lupus, other autoimmune diseases and excessive perspiration and extreme cold or sun exposure are also suppose to be a reason for hives.
Symptoms! The most common symptoms are itching and red or skin colored welts which are clearly defined. If left neglected or unattended, these may enlarge, spread and join together to form larger areas of flat raised skin.
Disappear in Minutes! You will be surprised to know that these hives also change shape, disappear, and reappear within minutes or hours. Everything happens suddenly meaning their appearance and disappearance as well.
Mild hives may not need any treatment. They may disappear on their own. In order to reduce itching and swelling better to take antihistamines, lacto calamine application will really help to give soothing effect. Keep in mind that hot baths or showers make the condition critical. When this condition occurs tight fitting clothes should be avoided to be comfortable.
Harmless! Hives though uncomfortable are generally harmless and disappear on their own. It’s quite disappointing to know that in many cases the exact is not known. If your reaction is severe, especially if the swelling involves your throat, then your doctor may advice for an emergency shot of epinephrine also called adrenaline or steroids. Anaphylaxis a condition in which the hives are formed in the throat obstructing your airway, making it difficult to breathe making it life threatening!