Allergies May Be the Cause of your Hives Symptoms

What is Hives?

Nettle rash or hives (urticaria) are localized, pale, itchy, pink wheals (swellings) that can burn or sting. They may occur singularly or in groups on any part of the skin. Most episodes of hives disappear quickly in the space of a few days to a few weeks.

Why do I have symptoms?

Hives could be both allergic and non-allergic and is very common. Allergy is a more common cause of hives in children than in adults. Controlling food allergies has been shown to reduce symptoms.

In addition to allergy to foods or other substances like drugs, hives may be triggered by direct physical stimulation such as temperature extremes, water, sun, and physical exercise. Viral infections and stress can also cause an outbreak of hives. If you think you or your child has food allergies, an allergy test can help to specifically identify your food triggers. Do not try to manage the problem yourself by removing foods from the diet until you get a correct diagnosis.

So what can you do if you have hives?

A great first step is finding out the root cause by getting an allergy test.

Learn more about Allergy Blood Tests

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How Stress Affects The Skin

Stress is something most of us are familiar with and according to certain studies, one third of Americans are living with extreme stress. To add to that, nearly half of Americans believe that their stress has increased over the past five years. Unfortunately, as well as the overwhelming feeling that comes with stress, it is shown to cause skin rashes, hair loss, soft nails, acne and more. Stress can affect almost every aspect of our life but today we’re focussing on the effect on our skin.

How Bad Is Alcohol For Your Skin?

As the dust begins to settle on another festive period, life, rather abruptly returns to normal and leaves us pondering what affect all that indulgence had on our body. More often than not, the signs begin to show in our skin, first, alongside the headaches and tiredness that is. So, what affect does alcohol have on our skin? Is there any way we can reduce these effects in the future?

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