Urticaria

Urticaria, otherwise called hives, is a type of skin rash that develops when some triggers release histamine. Some of the common triggers are certain food items, medications, infections, fever, dust mites, pollen, sunlight, and latex.

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My skin swells in patches over my neck, shoulders, back, head, and some regions of my legs and arms. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, What are these? Are these hives? I am breaking out almost daily; my skin swells in patches over my neck, shoulders, back, head, and some regions of my legs and arms. At first, it started probably about three months ago in tiny patchy areas near the top of the shoulders in the back of th...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is chronic urticaria (a frequently occurring skin disease). In urticaria, the localized wheel is surrounded by an area of itchy redness. Cutaneous hives may last for 30 minutes to 24 hours. The cause could be physical, autoimmune, vasculitis...  Read Full »

I have mosquito bite-like patches all over my skin, causing itchiness. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having sudden patches like mosquito bites all over my skin. It disappears and reappears daily and causes itching. I searched online for this and found that it is urticaria. I consulted a doctor. They saw my symptoms in a hurry and gave the tablet Itraconazole 100, Fluconazole 200,...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your history suggests urticaria and not ringworm, so there is no need to take those medicines. Acute urticaria can occur because of some infections, drugs, vaccines, or dental infections. It would have been better if you could send some cli...  Read Full »

What is the reason for rashes that increase in the evening in my son?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4 year old son has some kind of rashes from last week. We visited a pediatrician who suggested a dermatologist consultation. I have attached images of the rashes and the prescription. We noticed that it increases in the evenings. Every morning he wakes up with clear skin and during ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumaresan Muthuvel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The child's rash is called urticaria. This is a non-specific rash that may be due to food, dust, insect bite, or viral fever. Once it starts, it persists for anywhere between 15 to 4...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an effective solution for granuloma annulare.

Query: Hi doctor, I consulted a doctor, and he told me I am suffering from dermatographic urticaria. A biopsy was performed on my hand then I learned that my chronic hand rash is granuloma annulare (GA). I have severe itching at the site where GA shows up. I have been suffering for many years with it. It w...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Well, granuloma annulare is a self-limiting and symptomless condition. Your biopsy has suggested it to be a case of granuloma annulare. Intense itching along with purplish plaqu...  Read Full »

What is the recommended duration to take antihistamines for urticaria or hives?

Query: Hello doctor,I have urticaria or hives and have been under antihistamines for five weeks. For the last six days, I had to take a high dose of tablet Fexofenadine Hydrochloride 180 mg four times daily. The redness on my skin has disappeared. Can I stop taking the medicines? If so, should it be done g...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) It is not safe to abruptly stop the antihistamines (medications for allergy); the best way is to taper it down gradually. 2)As you take tablet Fexofenadine 180 mg four times daily, make it thrice daily for two days, then twice daily for two days, and once d...  Read Full »

I have skin rashes with swelling of lips and eyes. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old man. For the past three months, I have been suffering from rashes on my skin. It is usually occurring at night. I have seen two dermatologists. Both of them have not been able to identify the cause. Now I am in big trouble that I am getting irritated. Sometimes my l...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your clinical diagnosis is urticaria. You have mentioned that you have had this issue for three months. So, to be more precise, it is chronic spontaneous urticaria. The most common causes ...  Read Full »

My wife has urticaria. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has been getting a rash which the doctor has termed as urticaria. What could have caused this? I feel she could be having a yeast intolerance. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your wife has been treated for urticaria. I would keep a possibility of idiopathic urticaria/hives. It presents as sudden skin welts/swellings, which can be distributed all over the body. Itching is usually severe; however it is subjective in individuals. The c...  Read Full »

Why do I get small bubbles over skin accompanied by severe itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having small bubbles over my skin since the past three to four months. They come and go in an hour but there is severe itching in that period of time. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the description provided, it seems that you are having urticaria. Urticaria is characterized by red itchy elevated lesions that disappear in a few hours. Right now you may take an oral antihistamine like Cetirizine to help these lesions resolve and give you respi...  Read Full »

Why do I have itching all over my body for the last one and a half years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 49 years old. For the last one and a half years, I have been suffering from itching all over my body, especially in my hands and feet. When it was very itchy, I used to take Prog 1O. Then it did not itch for a few days and started again after a while.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You did not mention that if there are any skin lesions anywhere on the body. The investigation attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) does not show any significant abnormalities. Anyone else in you...  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 »

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