Hives

A red, raised, and an itchy skin rash that might have been triggered by allergens is called hives or urticaria. Some of the triggers that can cause hives are medications (some antibiotics and NSAIDs), food (nuts, shellfish, eggs), infections, fever, dust mites, latex, pollen, sunlight exposure, etc. Antihistamines like Fexofenadine and Cetirizine are used for its treatment.

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What is the possibility of my hair dye causing hives?

Query: Hello doctor, I have hives along with swollen feet, hands, and lips. Hives are itching. I took tablet Claritin and Prednisone for my hives. I am already taking tablet Abilify and Topamax, and I have dyed my hair recently. I guess these are the two possible causes for my hives. Which do you think wo...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since when have you been taking these medicines? Have the hives occurred before? Are they reducing with tablet Claritin (Loratadine) and the Steroid? We may have to do a skin prick allergy testing or a comprehensive blood allergy profile, including all the possible alle...  Read Full »

Does vasoconstriction occur due to an allergy to antihistamines?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having major vasoconstriction problems. I would like to know if my daily antihistamines intake is causing this problem. I am taking Loratadine and Fexofenadine hydrochloride daily for allergies.  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know in detail, what you mean by vasoconstriction problems? Is it affecting your hands or your feet or anywhere in the nasal bed? Do you experience any bluish discoloration of the nails or hands? Do you any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ulcers any...  Read Full »

Does Penicillin intake cause the development of hives in Epstein-Barr virus infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taken into primary care last night and diagnosed with a septic throat and hives on my body. I was given a prescription for antibiotics and steroids. It has been 24 hours since I was checked, and my throat is better, but the hives on my body have spread and started to form hard lump...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are suffering from fever, sore throat, hives, and blisters. You are currently on antibiotics, steroids, and anti-histamines. Persons with infection by the Epstein-Barr virus can result in rashes when they take Penicillin-containing medicatio...  Read Full »

Why am I having itchy rashes and bumps on my skin at the time of periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I have rashes and bumps, that itch and look like they are big bites, but they are not. They come and go in different places and are more frequent around the time of my periods. I have had these bumps for seven months now. I am attaching a picture, what are thes...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and saw the attachment provided by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it appears that you have urticaria or hives in simpler terms. These usually occur when your immune system is a bit low such as during your periods, af...  Read Full »

What is the cause for easy bruising, hives, and angioedema?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting bruises, hives, and angioedema. My blood test report says: 1) WBC 3.6 (low). 2) RBC 3.64 (low). 3) Hemoglobin 10.4 (low). 4) Hematocrit 32.6 (low). 5) Mean cell HGB concentration 31.9 (low). 6) Platelet count 143 (low). 7) Mean platelet volume 9.0 (low). 8) Neutroph...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have been suffering from easy bruising, hives and angioedema. According to your investigation report, your total RBC (red blood cells), WBC (white blood cells), platelet count as well as hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean cell Hgb (hemoglobin) concentration, mean platelet...  Read Full »

What are hives and how to treat them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 6 inches, and my weight is 72 kg. I have hives for more than three months. After my dinner, I am getting inflammation on my skin daily. And the itching is uncontrollable. I do not have any other problems, and I am not under any medication. I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have any other medical problems like hypertension, diabetes, asthma? In the meantime, you can apply Allsuth lotion (Calamine, Aloe Vera Gel, and Light Liquid Paraffin) twice daily over the affected area. Avoid intake of soybean, peanuts, eggs, sour food, and milk...  Read Full »

I have hives recurring on my thighs. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had hives for a month. They are recurring in my feet, left leg, underarms and face. The rash is in one or more of those places every day. My left thigh has remained inflamed and covered with hives. I have kept a photo diary. I have seen a local dermatologist who did a punch biopsy....  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history, clinical description and histopathology (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are most likely suggestive of urticaria. Urticaria is an immediate hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to various common triggers such as insect bites, infective fo...  Read Full »

What can cause red hives to appear on the body after drinking alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male aged 24 years with an overall healthy history. However, I have noticed in the recent past a bunch of red hives on (swollen red-colored, not-painful) different parts of the body (knees, legs, cheek, arms) appearing after drinking beer or wine. This happened now twice in a r...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry, but the picture you uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) seems a little bit taken far away, not giving me a full description of what it is. Yes, you should get your liver function tests. This will help us to detect any subtle...  Read Full »

Can I get the COVID vaccine as I have a food allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48-year-old female. My height is 5'3, and my weight is 54 kg. My symptoms are hives, itchiness, sleeplessness. I used Zyrtec and Aquasoft moisturizing lotion. After a mosquito bite, hives are formed, and now without mosquito bites, also I had hives and itchiness. I started t...  Read Full »


Dr. Jebin Abraham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for contacting us. Hives can be triggered by a variety of insults. A detailed history and check-up will be needed to find out the exact cause of the same. Apart from mosquito bites, food, clothes, other insects, etc., can cause hives. Some medicines can also c...  Read Full »

Is urticaria seen in few COVID patients?

Query: Hi doctor, 1) I have chronic hives since last year. I have been taking Bilaxten 20 mg tablets since then, an almost daily tablet. Nowadays, it is once in two days or when hives appear. Even after one year, no relief. I am worried about what is the root cause. I consulted a dermatologist and did a b...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is chronic urticaria, as you already know. Now urticaria can be of two types (besides acute and chronic). Chronic spontaneous urticaria: This is the commonest and seen in more than 70 % of patients of duration more than six weeks. ...  Read Full »

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