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Urticaria and precautions to prevent its recurrence. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   hello
Doctor :   hello
User :   good evening
Doctor :   good evening
User :   i use to hav irritation in my skin when ever i prone to sudden climatic variations
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what irritations do you commonly get?
User :   i am an officer in the navy, i was in during last winter and in the midst of heavy winter i had to go to there it was too hot tht time
Doctor :   ok
User :   so, when i landed there, i had an itchy feeling through out my upper body
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is there any rash?
User :   when i started scratching, it suddenly turned red in colour, and all in a sudden it went off when i poured water
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   has this happened before?
User :   no, tht was the first time am exposed to that much cold
User :   it happened to me lot many times after that, like when ever my body gets heated due to any physical activities, stretching my upper body, or even due to change in temperature
Doctor :   ok
User :   i had gone to a skin specialist, he gave me some tablets, named odifex
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
Doctor :   ok
User :   24yrs, Officer Navy, single, 166cms, 59kgs, No
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have any other health problems?
User :   also told to me, its a minor skin allergy, named articharia or so, i dont knw whether i spelled it right or not
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs/ betel nut chewing? If yes how much/how often and how long?
Doctor :   ok
User :   use to have liquor in frequent intervals, smoking rarely
Doctor :   i suggest that you continue using odifex. The condition is called urticaria
User :   i stopped having that after a month. as my body is now adjusted to summer
Doctor :   ok
User :   i dont know how it reacts with the onset of winter
Doctor :   it is an allergic reaction
Doctor :   it may occur without any apparent triggering factor
Doctor :   Avoid irritating affected areas.
User :   may i know the allergents
Doctor :   Cool the affected area with a shower, fan, cool cloth or soothing lotion, especially calamine lotion
User :   is it curable, i mean permanent
Doctor :   pain killers, some parasites, insects, food items
Doctor :   it ususally subsides by itself after some time
User :   ok
Doctor :   meanwhile you should take certain precautions
Doctor :   avoid alcohol and certain foods that may start such a reaction
Doctor :   try to avoid mosquitoes
User :   spicy food
Doctor :   also wear only natural fabrics like cottons
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   try to minimise that
User :   ok
Doctor :   also try and keep ur skin cool and dry
Doctor :   Wear loose, light clothing.
User :   so chances are there for it to happen again with the onset of winter?
Doctor :   if the itching is worse then you may have to use steroids for some time
Doctor :   it recurs very often
Doctor :   one can only follow the precautionary measures
Doctor :   also avoid stress
Doctor :   try to be in an air conditioner
Doctor :   as much as possible
Doctor :   try to avoid oily and spicy food
User :   ok ok
Doctor :   pls confirm your details
User :   ya
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User :   yes, its done
Doctor :   ok
User :   thanks a lot
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
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