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...
Stretch marks are indented streaks on your skin that result from a rapid weight gain or loss. They usually appear pink, red or purple in the early stages and fade to white or gray over time. There are treatments that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, however, there is no way to remove them completely.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks occur when your skin stretches because of a rapid weight gain or loss. They are most common in women, especially during the later stages of pregnancy, however, weight lifters can also have stretch marks. They seem to occur more frequently when cortisone levels in the body are higher as this hormone weakens elastic fibers in your skin. Some medications, such as corticosteroids and systemic steroids (lotions or oral medications) can contribute to developing stretch marks, especially when used long-term. .
Stretch marks form in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin. When the dermis is stretched, it can break down. If it can...
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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