Hives affect around 15-20% of the population during a lifetime . In medical terms, hives are also known as urticaria. In India, the lifetime prevalence for hives is said to be 7.8% to 22.3%. Of these, almost 4%-33% cases are physical urticaria . Hives on skin appear as raised, itchy rashes that are red or flesh-colored and may sometimes hurt or sting.
Dry Skin itching causes a feeling of discomfort and may interfere with your daily activities. Hives allergy is generally caused by allergic reactions or physical factors including an underlying health condition.
Read on to learn more about hives’ causes, symptoms, types and treatment.
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Hives can develop as an allergic response to various triggers or due to some physical condition or health condition. In some cases, the reason for you to get hives may be unclear. The following are the most common hives causes diagnosed by doctors.
When your body reacts to an allergen, it may cause hives. Such reactions occur when you touch or eat something that you are allergic to. This is when your body releases histamine and the capillaries leak fluid. The fluid accumulates in your skin and causes inflammation as well as a rash.
Hives caused by an allergic reaction is known as contact urticaria. Some common allergens that may cause hives are
Apart from allergies there are also some physical factors that may trigger hives. These triggers are
Underlying health issues are also one of the common hives causes. These conditions may be
It is a severe allergic reaction in which hives usually accompany nausea, vomit, swelling, breathing issues, and dizziness.
A form of acute hives, this is a mild condition caused by scratching and pressure on the skin. It usually goes away on its own and may not require medical treatment.
Also known as chronic urticaria, these are recurring and don’t have an identifiable cause. These usually last over 6 weeks. They may also be a sign of underlying conditions such as type 1 diabetes, celiac, or lupus.
If you are sensitive to temperature changes, you may experience this type of hives. Depending on the temperature you are exposed to, you may experience cold-induced hives, solar hives, or exercise-induced hives.
Bacterial or viral infection may also lead to hives. Common infections that may cause it are strep throat, urinary tract infection, and colds. Mononucleosis and hepatitis viruses can also be the reasons for these hives to form.
Caused by an allergic reaction, this type is usually treated with allergy medicines and avoiding the triggers. Common allergens are foods, pollen, dust mites, medication, insect bites, or pet dander.
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The best way to treat hives is to identify and treat the trigger that caused it. Depending on the cause and the types, you may get one or a combination of the following as a treatment.
Over the counter options such as
Home and natural remedies for relief from hives are
Although hives go away on their own in most cases, you can take allergy medications to ease the problem. But, if you have chronic hives or severe allergic reactions, it is best to seek medical attention. In rare cases, such chronic skin rashes cause further complications. If you have hives, allergy or any other health condition, book an online consultation from the comfort of your home on Bajaj Finserv Health. Get in touch with health experts on the platform for the best skincare tips.
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