How to Treat Urticaria General?

  • November 06, 2023
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How to Treat Urticaria General?

What is Urticaria General?

Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a skin condition characterized by the sudden appearance of red, itchy, and swollen welts or raised bumps on the skin. Urticaria can occur anywhere on the body and may vary in size and shape. When these welts or hives appear suddenly and disappear within 24 hours, it is referred to as acute urticaria. If they persist for more than 6 weeks, it is classified as chronic urticaria.

Why Does Urticaria Occur?

Urticaria occurs due to an allergic reaction in most cases. When your body comes into contact with an allergen, it releases histamine and other chemicals as part of the immune response. Histamine causes the blood vessels to leak and the skin to swell, leading to the characteristic hives of urticaria. Allergens that can trigger urticaria include certain foods, medications, insect stings, pollen, and latex.

However, not all cases of urticaria are linked to allergies. Some other common triggers include stress, infections, cold or hot temperatures, pressure on the skin (known as physical urticaria), and even underlying medical conditions like autoimmune diseases or thyroid disorders. Understanding the cause of your urticaria is crucial for effective treatment.