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...
Is there any other way to get rid of a migraine that has been going on for 66 weeks and 24/7? I have been to 5 different doctors and still no one can tell me why it wont go away? I am on Topamax and Zomig for the migraines.
Since the migraines started I also got High Blood Pressure, then diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, then Fibromyalgia and now saying I have mini strokes.. The migraine pain has been the whole time on the right side including all the mini strokes as well.
Thanks for your time.. Jeanette.
One of the best methods of breaking a long Migraine is IV infusion to break the cycle. There are several medications that can safely be used this way, preparing the way for developing preventive regimens that can work for you. There's information on this in IV Treatment of Refractory Migraines .
Another issue to look at is how frequently you're taking the Zomig. Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or erg...
America is fast becoming a hairless nation. To help achieve that goal, there are many methods to become free of unwanted hair. Once they reach puberty, American women start the ritual of removing unsightly hair from their legs, underarms, bikini area, eyebrows and upper lip. These days, it's not uncommon for young men to join in the ritual. "I've noticed in the past 10 to 15 years how men -- not only women -- have become more conscious about body hair than ever before," says Peter Lamas, a beauty consultant and owner of Lamas Beauty International, with offices in Santa Monica , Calif. and Houston , Texas , and owner of www.beautywalk.com. "Body hair is just not acceptable anymore. Period." To do this, both men and women use electric shavers, depilatories (creams and lotions), razors, electrolysis, lasers and waxes. While shaving is still the most popular method, waxing runs a close second (along with depilatories) as the hair remover of choice. Waxing at Ho...
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