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Each year I see hundreds of new patients with complaints of hives and swelling. Hives are intensely itchy skin rashes that resemble welts and can occur anywhere on the body. They typically arise without warning and about half the time, are accompanied by angioedema, a deeper swelling in the skin. "Urticaria" is the technical term for hives. These skin eruptions generally last for several hours but rarely for more than twenty four hours. Hives which come and go for more than six weeks are considered chronic urticaria (CU).
Acute hives are more short-lived (less than six weeks) and often don't require an allergy specialist. Foods or drugs are common triggers of acute urticaria but triggers associated with chronic urticaria are more difficult to identify. In fact, 80-90% of the time doctors are unable to determine the cause of chronic urticaria despite comprehensive testing.
A recent article published in "Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology" reported on the uselessness...
Generic Name: PYRETHRINS AND PIPERONYL BUTOXIDE SHAMPOO -
TOPICAL Pronounced: (pie-RETH-rins/pip-ER-oh-nill) RID Lice Killing Top Uses
This medication is used to treat lice, which are tiny
insects that can infest and irritate the scalp (head lice), the pubic area
(crabs), or the body. This medication works by paralyzing and killing
How To Use RID Lice Killing Top
Review the manufacturer's instruction sheet and carefully
follow all directions for your product. If any of this information is unclear,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use more drug than
This medication is for use on the outside of the body
only. Avoid applying this drug to the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. If this
product gets in these areas, rinse with plenty of water. If irritation occurs,
tell your doctor promptly.
Do not use this product on eyelashes or eyebrows. Check
with your doctor if these areas have lice.
If applying thi...
Treatment - hives; Treatment - urticaria
Treatment may not be needed if hives are mild -- they will go away on their own. Antihistamines may reduce inflammation, itching, and swelling.
in the throat may block the airway. This is a medical emergency. If the face or throat swells, breathing problems occur, or hives persist, contact your health care provider immediately!
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