Friday, January 11, 2013

Understanding hives and other allergies

Allergic reactions to certain foods, dyes, chemicals, insect bites or stings, medicines and infections can manifest in a few different ways.
Hives are also known as urticaria. They look like pale red bumps, patches or weals on your skin. They usually appear suddenly, and are mostly caused by the body’s allergic reaction to something that you are allergic to.
Hives are caused by allergic reactions that our bodies have to certain foods, dyes, chemicals, insect bites and stings, medicines or infections. Some diseases may also give rise to hives.These substances are called allergens.
Hives can certainly be treated. Of course, if you know what allergen has caused it, it’s best that you stay away from it the next time.
If you can’t eat nuts, then avoid all foods with nuts in them. If you eat out, ask the waitress if the dish you ordered has nuts in it first.
If you can’t wear certain jewellery or watches because of the nickel in them, then don’t wear anything containing nickel.
You can take antihistamines as these will combat the histamine that is being released in your skin. For severe cases, you can go to a doctor, who may give your steroids.
More news: The Star Online

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