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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Is the dermographism that I developed similar to hives?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to a dermatologist last week, and she told me that I have dermographism. It started last month. How long does it take to go away? I have little bumps in my stomach such as hives, just like a pimple. I have a doubt, can hives pop like a little simple bump or only occur in clusters?...  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhir Kumar. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read about your query. Your condition can be acute urticaria/ hives. It usually presents with itching. Dermographism (dermatographism) is an exaggerated urticarial response which is also called skin writing. It is usually seen in young adults with a fair comp...  Read Full »

I am a 17-year-old female, and I have had itchy skin for the past few months, which causes hives. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old female. I have had itchy skin for the past few months, which causes hives. I have taken antihistamines, including Allergex. I think I might be allergic, but I do not know what is causing it. It is really frustrating.   Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Well, there are a number of causes of hives, and it is important for patients to note the causes themselves, and even then, 50 percent remain without obvious causes. It is important to note them because the be...  Read Full »

I am a 61-year-old female who has had hives over her body for the past six weeks, and I cannot sleep due to itching. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61-year-old female with 174 cm height and 106 kg weight. I think there are very itchy hives all over my body, and I have been there for over six weeks. I have completed two weeks of intense steroids via a local doctor that have had no impact. Other medications I take are beta b...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello,Welcome to get back with the following details for clarification:Rashes distribution, are rashes persistent or transient and reappear?Is it in web spaces of hands, palms, wrists, groins, mucus membranes, and scalp hairs?Is it worse at night or any time of the day?Do you have...  Read Full »

The tablets Zyrtec and Zantac do not help with the itching caused by the hives. How long does it take to cure hives?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a bad case of hives all over my body. The itching is intense at night. It has been three weeks, and the hives have spread nearly all over my body. I am taking the tablets Zyrtec and Zantac twice a day. They do not help with itching but seem to help with hives from showing. When ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. In my opinion, you need to evaluate whether you noticed hives after any of the following products 1. Any drugs like antibiotics or painkillers. 2. Milk, egg, and protein or any dairy products. 3. After getting cold ...  Read Full »

Will getting blood test for allergy help me receive the right treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, So, I have hives, also known as chronic urticaria. Basically, I break out when the climate I am in is hot, or when I exercise. I visited my family doctor and he told me to get a blood test and he also gave me a Cetirizine (Zyrtec) prescription which is 20 mg. I have been taking this me...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The blood test should determine what allergen is causing the problems in you. Sometimes it can be a combination of allergens. Once we know that we help you avoid the same and prevent the sensitivity reactions. Allergies and hypersensitivities are not cured by medici...  Read Full »

Can you transmit skin infection by coming in contact with them?

Query: Hi doctor,Before few months, I was diagnosed with atypical dermatitis. I had red spots on and off regularly. They were not itchy except the ones present on my scalp and forefront. Showering exacerbated the symptoms for about 30 minutes. But this happens only with water. But there was no reaction to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your description, you seem to have hives or urticaria. It is a slightly red or white lesion occuring on the skin and disappears after a few minutes or hours. This often occurs due to allergies to some internal or external agent. It can also occur due to wat...  Read Full »

I have hives from the ragweed. When can they recur, and will I have them daily?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hives from the ragweed everywhere in my yard. The onset was about 27 hours ago. At first, I thought I had bug bites, but then more kept appearing as time went on. And there are no centers in the swellings where the bite would have occurred. Got it right after pulling and mowing it....  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I thoroughly read your queries and understand your concern. Hives due to external factors are kind of easy to manage because the culprit is known. In your case, the best treatment here is avoiding contact with ragweed completely. Hives are because of urticaria that devel...  Read Full »

I am a type 2 diabetic patient with itchy hives on my legs, arms, back, and sides. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,For the last couple of weeks, I have been getting itchy hives on my legs, arms, sides, and back. I have been taking Benadryl nearly every day. I am not able to sleep due to this constant itching. I do not know what it could be. I have not changed any medication, laundry soap, or regular...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and examined your given images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It seems you are suffering from acute urticaria. The causes of acute urticaria are infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic), drugs (pain killers or ...  Read Full »

Why do I have an itchy rash and blisters on my hands, feet, and legs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an itchy rash and blisters on my hands, feet, and legs that started two days ago. They have cleared up on my hands but are still there on my feet and lower legs. I am not allergic to poison ivy. I want to just figure out what it is so I can avoid it in the future. Thank you. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. I have reviewed the image you shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). After going through the history and the image, it appears to be urticarial hives that have occurred as a response to exposure to a plant or a lea...  Read Full »

I had a sudden outbreak of hives. Are my medications appropriate?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regards to my urticaria problem. I had a chronic urticaria three years back, for which I underwent a course of Loratidine and Xyzal-M for close to one and a half years and was keeping well. All of a sudden, I had a severe outbreak of hives last week and was put on Dazit-M, Alle...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At the moment, you are having acute exacerbation precipitated by one of the exaggerating factors like artificial flavoring agents, any drugs or some chemical agents. You have already been prescribed steroid which is Methylprednisolone for three days and some other a...  Read Full »

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