Urticaria is a condition of the skin that is primarily characterized by itchiness, swelling, and occasional bumps. More commonly referred to as hives by dermatologists, it is largely an allergic reaction to different weather phenomena, medications, insect bites and allergens.
Based on this alone you must appreciate the fact that anyone can experience hives at least once in their lifetime. Dermatologists around the world have dedicated much of their time in unearthing the root causes of this allergic reaction. Continue reading to learn a bit more about hives as a skin condition and how best to avoid being traumatized by it.
With the increased number of cosmetics, dyes and perfumes on the market, it is pretty hard not to experience hives. It is important to take note of the specific areas of your body that are affected by hives. Normally a skin reaction around the neck is a good indication that a perfume you are using may have caused your condition.
However, it is a different case when it comes to skin lotions. If your Urticaria has emerged in parts of your body where you generally apply large amounts of skin lotion then this could be a good indication that a lotion has caused the outbreak. In general, you ought to be observant whenever you start using any new cosmetics.
There are certain food types that are known for triggering hives. Foods that are more than likely to bring about hives are: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, nuts, fish and tomatoes. But when it comes to the frequency of outbreaks it has been carefully noted that fresh vegetables – raw and unprepared – are more likely to cause this condition than cooked food.
Make sure you remember what you ate before the hives emerged since a reaction to a food allergen can materialize a few hours after ingesting whatever it is that has caused the skin reaction. However, you can detect these food allergen by stopping your consumption of some of the listed allergens until your reactions stop.
Medications can also be at the very root of your condition. More often than not pain killers, antibiotics, diuretics, vitamin supplements and sedatives have been noted as number one trigger factors when it comes to prolonged outbreaks. Make sure you visit a dermatologist with a long list of the different medications you have been prescribed since your skin started developing the inflammations and bumps. This way they will be in a better position to diagnose your condition as being brought about by a prescription to certain medications known to cause this condition.
Apart from the aforementioned, certain environmental allergens like dust, pollen, and plants like poison ivy can also cause Urticaria.
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