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Types of Hives – Understanding the Common Forms of Urticaria

 Types of Hives   Understanding the Common Forms of Urticaria

For some, hives are a regular occurrence and can feel like more of a nuisance than an illness. one of the most important steps in preventing the different types of hives is knowing which type is occurring and what can be done in the way of prevention. the medical term for hives skin disorder is urticaria. other phrases used are wheals and nettle rash. here is a brief description of the three main types of hives:

Idiopathic hives: Idiopathic hives are possibly the most difficult to treat and live with, simply because there is no identified medical cause, they just happen. Although there are no proven triggers for idiopathic hives, many sufferers develop their own personal theory by studying their history and tryto avoid certain foods, activities, animals, environments and even household cleaners.

Immunological hives: these kinds of hives are generally caused by changes in the sufferer’s immune system. the most common cause ofthese hives is coming into contact with a potentially harmful trigger such as an allergy or illness. this initial contact leads cells in the immune system to release histamine from white blood cells or as they are sometimes called, mast cells. for example an individual who suffers from an immune deficiency may experience immunological hives on a regular basis.

Non-Immunological hives: these types of hives are the most common and are often related to acidic foods, harsh chemicals, perfumes and are often a symptom of food allergies. when suffering from non immunological hives the body responds similarly to that of immunological hives but does not involve the immune system. for example, an individual who is mildly allergic to peanuts may experience non immunological hives in conjunction with other allergy symptoms.

Remember, although hives are rarely serious, the allergies which cause them can be. If you are experiencing reoccurring hives speak to your physician and consider testing for allergies and unknown immune deficiencies.

Types of Hives – Understanding the Common Forms of Urticaria

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