Are you experiencing symptoms of urticaria, such as red, itchy, raised skin rash, on eating some specific food or due to an allergen? Are you extremely irritated due to the intense, continuous itching which you are experiencing due to hives? Are you wondering whether urticaria can be dangerous to your health or not? If you nodded along worriedly, think no further. Get answers to all your questions by reading this blog.
Often, we hear people saying, “I am allergic to gluten” or “Peanuts don’t get along with me well”. What do people mean when they say that? Well, it means that on eating gluten or peanuts some people experience allergic reactions which are, actually, the symptoms of urticaria. So, let’s learn more about urticaria, which is also well-known as ‘Hives’.
What is Urticaria?
Urticaria is a skin eruption, which may or may not be allergic in nature and is characterized by raised, red circular or irregularly shaped eruptions anywhere on the body with a lot of itching. They may resolve on their own within 24 hours or may last for many days or even for months.
What Can Be The Causes Of Urticaria?
Here are some causes of urticaria listed below.
- Certain foods, such as peanuts, eggs, shellfish
- Allergens, such as dust, pollens.
- Drugs – Antibiotics or painkillers
- Autoimmune disease – Chronic urticaria may be secondary to RA, lupus, or viral infections like Hepatitis.
- Emotional stress
- Contact with the allergens
Can Urticaria Be Dangerous & How It Can Be?
Urticaria can be bothersome due to its itchy lesions, but typically it does not pose any danger. Peculiarly, this skin condition is self-limiting and not dangerous at all. However, in the case of a severe allergic reaction, for instance, if urticaria affects your tongue, throat, and lungs by obstructing your airways, then you may face a difficulty in breathing easily. You may experience respiratory distress or stridor wheezing, thereby it makes your breathing is strenuous. You may also experience discomfort due to the swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. Rarely, urticaria leads to scarring or bruising of the skin. Occasionally, it can pose as a medical emergency. Whenever you feel the uncertainty about the severity of urticaria, make sure you consult an experienced doctor for the right line of treatment
How Can We Prevent or Alleviate Urticaria?
By following certain care tips, you can prevent the occurrence of urticaria or alleviate the discomfort resulting due to it. Here are some preventive measures which can help you manage or get urticaria treatment done to the best.
- By Avoiding the Triggers: If you know the triggers, you can eliminate them from your daily activities or take precautions to keep urticaria at bay.
- Get a blood test done to confirm if you have an allergy.
- Avoid heat in general, as heat is known to flare-up the itching. The cold application always helps.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Take vitamin D supplements as low levels of Vitamin D are known to disrupt the immune system.
- Take homeopathy medicines to get cured from urticaria
Now that you know all the discomfort and risks that urticaria can pose, make sure you follow all preventive measures to avoid it and enjoy a happy and healthy life.