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What is urticaria and how is it treated?

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i am having skin rashes, when conulted doctohe said it is articularia, what it is it and how it needs to be treated
Posted Tue, 24 Apr 2012 in Skin Rash
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 16 minutes later
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Urticaria, also known as hives, are pale red, raised, itchy bumps that appear in varying shapes and sizes. They have a tendency to change size rapidly and to move around. Many cases of hives are "idiopathic," meaning no cause is known. Others may be triggered by viral infections or allergic reactions.

Treatment of urticaria consists of:

1)     Avoidance of the allergen which may be causing the rashes.

2)     You can take antihistaminics like Benadryl, Zyrtec or Claritin after consulting your doctor. Even levocetrizine can be taken under medical sueprvision.

3)     Apply calamine lotion on the rashes for a soothing effect on the skin.

4)     If the symptoms are severe then you may need topical or oral steroids.

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