What are skin hives

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http://www.hiveshealer.com - A presentation that takes a look at what hives, also known as urticaria is, and what angioedema is as a symptom of urticaria.


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What Are Skin Hives?

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Do you think that you might be experiencing skin hives?

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if so then you probably are wondering what is causing your hives and what can be done to get relief from the itching.

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Here we will take an in depth look at why people commonly develop hives, angioedema and what you can do to relieve the intense itching.

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Skin hives are actually extremely common.

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They are so common in fact that it's been estimated that roughly 1 out of 5 people will experience the development and symptoms of hives at least once during their lifespan.

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This is a skin condition that really packs a punch, and it's true medical name is urticaria.

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From here there are some things that are important to address.

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For instance, people will either experience 1 of 2 forms of urticaria (hives).

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There is either acute, meaning that it is temporary and will not last longer on average for more than 6 weeks.

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Acute urticaria can be so short as to only last for a few hours.

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However, if you have noticed your hives have been around for longer than 6 weeks, then you probably have chronic urticaria, which can last anywhere from a couple of months up to several years.

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In both cases of chronic and acute hives, the symptoms and physically noticeable spots (known as wheals or welts) can disappear from one part of the body and reappear on another.

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During chronic urticaria, it's very common for a hives patient to experience an intense outbreak that can last for a varying range of time, and then have the urticaria completely clear up on it's own, only to reappear some time later.

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For chronic urticaria sufferers it's very frustrating, because it can be a question of "when is it going to return?".

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Earlier I had mentioned the spots that itch and are noticeable with hives.

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These are commonly referred to as 'wheals' or 'welts'.

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They can vary in size.

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Some might be as small as a few centimeters, while others may be as large as several inches.

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Typically these spots will have a whitened or blanched center, with obvious redness or inflammation around the edges.

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The main symptom is that they itch very intensely.

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Is there any swelling that you notice along with your hives? If so, the correct term for this is angioedema.

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Allergists have explained that angioedema is deeper tissue swelling that many times can also accompany urticaria.

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Hives are not believed to be life threatening, but the wheals can pop up on any part of the body.

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The genitals, arms, legs, torso, buttocks, back and face are very common.

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Although hives are not regarded as life threatening, there are two things that you should first know.

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1. The swelling known as angioedema can commonly affect the face and mouth.

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This will cause your appearance to look puffy.

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Your eyes can swell along with your lips.

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The danger is that this angioedema can also occur within the throat, which could potentially constrict your airflow.

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If you are having difficulty breathing and are feeling dizzy or lightheaded - then you may need emergency medical attention.

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2. In some cases urticaria can actually be a sign that you have something a little more troubling going on.

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Without scaring you, I mean to say that many cases have been known to show that the symptoms of hives are actually the result of an underlying auto-immune disorder.

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Requesting testing involving some basic blood work can shed a lot of light on this.

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What Causes Hives?

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