Urticaria (Hives)

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Urticaria (Hives)

Definition

Urticaria, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly; either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons. [3]

Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a skin condition characterized by red, itchy welts.

While there isn’t an exact synonym for urticaria, it’s sometimes referred to as:

  • Nettle rash: This term comes from the fact that the rash often resembles the sting of a nettle plant.
  • Wheals: This is a more medical term for the raised, itchy bumps that characterize urticaria.
  • Welts: A more common term for the raised, itchy bumps.

Please note that "hives" is the most widely used and understood term for this condition.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Urticaria, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly; either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons.

  • Apis Mellifica
  • Natrum Muriaticum
  • Urtica Urens
  • Rhus Tox
  • Sepia
  • Sulphur
  • Bovista Lycoperdon
  • Dulcamara
  • Autoimmune
  • Allergens
  • Drugs
  • Contact
  • Physical: e.g. heat, cold, pressure, sun, sweat, water
  • Infection: intestinal parasites
  • Others: systemic lupus erythematosus (in other words, SLE), pregnancy
  • Idiopathic
  • Batches of red or skin-colored
  • Welts that vary in size, change shape, move around, disappear and reappear
  • The bumps; red or skin-colored “weals”
  • Itching, which may severe.
  • Painful swelling of the lips, eyelids and inside the throat.
  • Flare with triggers
  • Acute urticaria
  • Chronic urticaria
  • Physical urticaria
  • Dermatographism
  • Hereditary angioedema

 

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