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...
Treatment Usually, symptoms go away within several days to weeks after stopping the medication that caused the condition. Treatment may include: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat arthritis and pleurisy Corticosteroid creams to treat skin rashes Antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine) to treat skin and arthritis symptoms Very rarely, high doses of corticosteroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone) and immune system suppressants (azathioprine or cyclophosphamide) are used to treat persons with severe drug-induced lupus that affects the heart, kidney, and neurological system. Protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is usually not as severe as SLE. Usually, the symptoms go away within a few days to weeks after stopping the medication. You should avoid the medication in the future, or symptoms usually return. Routine eye exams are recommended to detect eye complications early. Complicati...
You will be given glucose. The doctor will review your diabetes treatment plan to help prevent future problems.
The outlook is good if the hypoglycemia is promptly detected and treated. However, long-term and repeated episodes of hypoglycemia may damage the brain and nerves.
Complications of severe or long-term hypoglycemia include:
Brain and nervous system (neurologic) damage
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of hypoglycemia. Be sure to mention any medications you believe may be affecting the condition.
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