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What is Urticaria?

Urticaria is also known as hives, these are welts on the skin that itch. These welts can appear anywhere in the skin. These hives can grow from small a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate. They may join to form even larger welts.

Commonly, Urticaria goes away in a day or less. Other hives may last for a few days or longer, new hives may appear as old ones fade. Acute hives are usually lasts less than 6 weeks. While, chronic hives last more than 6 weeks.

Allergy is the common reason for acute hives, but there are other many causes.

Urticaria is the medical term for hives. Angioedema is the medical term for large welts that occur deeper under the skin. This can occur with hives, and often causes the eyelids and lips to swell. One of the Best Dermatologists in Maryland Dr. Robert Katz will give his expertise to treat your skin problem.

What are the sign and symptoms of urticaria?

Slightly raised, pink or swelling on the skin are the most usual signs for urticaria, Welts that occur alone or in a group, or join over a large area. Skin swelling that subsides or goes away within a day at one spot but may comeback on another spot.

The usual symptoms for urticaria is itch, but sometimes hurt or sting.

Some people always get hives in the same spot or spot on their body. These people frequently trigger that causes the hives. Most of the time, people who are exposed to that trigger get hives.

Your General Dermatologist Dr. Matthew Katz may call this type of hives fixed, which means not moving. Certain medicine (fixed drug eruption) or sunlight (fixed solar urticaria) can trigger fixed hives.


What causes urticaria?

Twenty percent of people during their lifetime is has experience urticaria. Itching is the first sign of hives, followed by swollen, red welts. The itching can range to mild to severe. Other factors may worsen the itching like Alcoholic beverage, exercise, scratching, and emotional stress. Hives can be triggered by allergic reaction. Things that may trigger an allergic reaction include foods:

  • Fruits (especially citrus fruits)
  • eggs
  • milk
  • peanuts
  • tree nuts
  • shellfish
  • medicines
  • insect bites and stings
  • Touching something to which you are allergic (such as latex)
  • allergy shots and infections including colds that are caused by some bacteria or fungi

To prevent this skin disease have a skin screening to a General Dermatologist with Dr. Matthew Katz on Dermatology and Clinical Skin Care in Rockville Maryland Katz Dermatology.


How is Urticaria diagnosed?

When a patient has urticaria on the skin, a dermatologist can often make the diagnosis by looking at the skin. Visit General Dermatologist in Rockville Maryland now at Katz Dermatology. It is hard to find what caused hives. This is especially true for urticaria that had been around for six weeks or more.

Health history and physical exam may be conducted by a dermatologist to find out what is causing your hives.Tests such as Allergy tests on the skin or blood, blood work to rule out an illness or infection, skin biopsy may be needed.

Skin biopsy removes small piece of affected skin so that it can be examined under a microscope.

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