What Is Urticaria?

What Is Urticaria?

    What Is Urticaria?

    Urticaria is an allergic reaction to something in your environment. It causes hives or welts on your skin. Find out what triggers it and how to treat it!

    Urticaria is a condition that causes red bumps or welts on your body. The cause isn't always known, but there are things you can do to prevent it.


    What Causes Urticaria?

    There are several different kinds of urticaria. One type is called acute urticaria, which happens when you're exposed to a trigger such as pollen, dust mites, food, or insect bites. Another kind is called chronic urticaria, which occurs without any obvious trigger.


    What Are Common Triggers?

    A common cause of urticaria is allergies. You might not think of yourself as having allergies, but you probably do. Allergies affect more than 40 million Americans each year. They can make you sneeze, cough, itch, or even break out in hives.


    Treating Urticaria at Home

    If you suspect that you have urticaria, try treating it at home first. Try using these tips to help relieve symptoms:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

    • Avoid touching your face.

    • Keep your bedding clean.


    Treating Urticarial Dermatitis

    If you think you might have urticarial dermatitis, see your doctor right away. He or she will likely prescribe medications to reduce itching and swelling. You should also avoid scratching the rash because this can make it worse.


    When Should You See a Doctor?

    If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

    • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, throat, or other parts of your body

    • A burning sensation when you touch certain areas of your skin

    • Redness, peeling, or blisters on your skin

    The content of the page is for informational purposes only, please consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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