Lately i have been breaking out in hives all over my body when i am in hot places and i have been told by the doctors that i might have agoraphobia and that its in my head but i am not sure.
this thing has ruined my life i haven't been able to go to school a lot and when i go i cant last the whole day.
In other words what might be causing my heat induced urticaria?
it is definitely not my thyroid because its levels are normal
I'd keep going to the doctors until they can definitely diagnose you and get you on the popper medication.
How do I treat or manage 'heat urticaria'?
Managing or treating a diseases should always be determined by a patients health care provider. below is a list of associated therapeutic procedures or medications for heat urticaria: Therapeutic Procedures for heat urticaria
Medications for heat urticaria
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The following are types of physicians relevant for heat urticaria: Dermatologist (find local)
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What are hives?
Hives are red, very itchy, swollen areas of the skin. Hives arise suddenly and may leave quickly in 1-2 hours or can last as long as 48 hours. they often appear in clusters, with new clusters appearing as other areas clear. Physicians refer to hives as urticaria. Over one-fifth of the population has suffered an eruption of hives at some point in their lives.
What causes hives?
Hives can be caused by allergic or non-allergic mechanisms. In a majority of chronic cases, the exact cause is unknown.
Often hives are caused by an adverse reaction to some food or drug. Foods likely to cause hives include chocolate, nuts, tomatoes, shellfish, and berries. Drugs often responsible for producing hives are penicillin, sulfa, anticonvulsants, phenobarbital, as well as aspirin, or food colored by tartrazine, which is yellow food dye #5.
What are some other causes of hives?
A common cause of hives is dermatographism, which occurs in 5% of the population. It is caused by stroking of the skin or rubbing as occurs with scratching or tight-fitting garments.
Cholinergic urticaria is the medical profession's term for hives which can develop after activities which increase the body's temperature after exposure to warmth or heat. such activities include a warm bath, shower, jacuzzi or hot tub use, exercise, a fever, or emotional stress. It has been estimated that 5% to 7% of patients who have hives experience the phenomenon of cholinergic urticaria.
Cold induced urticaria occurs after exposure to cold wind or water. Hives may appear on limbs, arms, and generally on any exposed area. Cold water or liquids can provoke symptoms on the lips or in the mouth.
Another type of hives is called solar urticaria. It is caused by exposure to sunlight or to a sunlamp and a reaction can occur within one to three minutes.
According to physicians, the factors (heat, cold, and sunlight) causing the hives in these cases involve no defined allergic substance even though the body mechanisms may resemble allergy.
Exercise is another common cause of hives in which there is no allergic substance involved (in most cases). those individuals affected can also develop respiratory obstruction and/or lose consciousness. such a severe reaction is caused exercise-induced anaphylaxis.
What is Angioedema?
While hives develop on the skin's surface, angioedema is a swelling of the deeper layers of the skin. It most often occurs on the hands, feet and face. In severe cases, normal breathing or swallowing can be blocked and emergency measures must be taken. this can occur if a person is extremely allergic to a specific food or drug.
Hives and angioedema may appear together or separately on the body. Angioedema usually lasts one or two days, and may reoccur with or without hives over an indefinite period of time.
Hereditary angioedema is a rare inherited disease which can be fatal in some cases and in this respect differs from other types of chronic angioedema. Swelling can occur in the airways, such as the larynx, tongue and throat, as well as on the face and other extremities. It has been demonstrated that a blood protein deficiency is the cause of this inherited illness.
How can hives be treated?
Avoidance of the foods, drugs, or other provoking factors is recommended whenever possible. Antihistamines such as hydroxyzine (Atarax), diphenhydramine (Benedryl), pyribenzamine, terfenadine (Seldane) and cimetadine (Tagamet), are used to treat recurrent episodes.
Hydroxyzine is especially effective for the treatment of cholinergic urticaria. Cyproheptadine (Periactin) is used to treat cold-induced urticaria.
If the hives do not respond to the antihistamines, many medical practitioners will utilize corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone, which are given in conjunction with the antihistamines. Most patients will improve with steroid treatment, physicians say, but if possible they should be avoided for chronic use. nevertheless some patients require them. After a suitable interval, the individual can then discontinue use of the steroid drugs, since long-term therapy is not recommended. At that time, continued treatment with antihistamines is suggested until they are no longer necessary.
In severe acute cases, where angioedema is involved
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