Urticaria

Definition of Urticaria:

Commonly known as hives, urticaria is one of the most common dermatological conditions seen by allergists.  Urticaria is not just an allergic disease, however.  It can be caused by metabolic diseases, medications, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease, or physical sensitivity.  Traditional allergies to foods or medications as well as viral illness are frequent causes of acute urticaria which usually lasts only a few hours but may last up to 6 weeks.  Chronic urticaria (lasting more than 6 weeks) is more complex, given the vast number of potential triggers.  Symptoms include sudden onset; initial itching; then swelling of the surface of the skin into red or skin-colored welts (wheals) with clearly defined edges; welts turn white on touching; new welts develop when the skin is scratched; usually disappear within minutes or hours.  Welts enlarge, change shape, spread or join together to form large flat raised areas.

Also: Hives

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Hives – also called urticaria – are localized, raised red areas in the superficial portion of the skin that may join together to form larger lesions...”
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“Amongst patients with chronic hives and either treated hypothyroidism or a normally functioning thyroid gland, it is reasonable to test for anti-thyroid antibodies...”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
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...recommendation L-Tyrosine
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...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
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...recommendation Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)
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...recommendation Thyroid Medications
“A study suggests that administration of thyroxine to patients with chronic urticaria associated with elevated thyroid antibodies can result in remission of the hives...”
...recommendation Vitamin Niacinamide
“...See Hives/Tyrosine note...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
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...recommendation Food Additive Avoidance
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...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“...clinical studies demonstrate that diets that are free of foods or food additives that commonly trigger allergic reactions typically produce significant reductions in 50-75% of people with chronic hives...”
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