Urticaria

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.

     

 Urticaria is also known as hives, welts, wheals, or nettle rash. It is a red, raised, itchy skin rash that is sometimes triggered by something that produces an allergic reaction - an allergen. When there is an allergic reaction the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released our capillaries leak fluid. The fluid accumulates in the skin and causes a rash. 

Urticaria can be triggered by:
•Certain foods:- tiny amounts of fish, eggs, nuts and kiwifruit
•Insect bites and stings. 
•Contact with an irritant, such as nettles, chemicals or latex. 
•Certain medications - such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, used to treat pain, ACE inhibitors, used to treat hypertension
•Extremes of temperatures. 
•Sunlight. 
•Water on the skin. 


Types of Urticaria:-
Acute: - When symptoms last less than 6 weeks it is called acute urticaria
Chronic: - If symptoms of urticaria continue for more than six weeks it is called chronic urticaria. 


Symptoms:-
Swellings, known as wheals, appear on the skin as a rash. They are usually pink or red and have an oval or round shape, and range from a few millimeters in diameter to a several inches. They can be extremely itchy. The wheals may be surrounded by a red flare. 

The wheals usually occur in batches, and frequently appear on the face or the extremities (arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, and toes). 
In most cases a welt will disappear after a few hours, but me be replaced by new ones. They can appear on just one part of the body, or several parts. 

In the majority of cases symptoms are present for no more than 8 to 12 hours, and rarely continue for more than 24 hours. However, with some patients the problems may continue for quite a few days, and even several months. 




Benefit of Homoeopathic Medicine:-
Urticaria can be completed cured with homeopathic medicines
Considerable reduction in the frequency and intensity of urticaria as well as complete tolerance to the allergen can be achieved in chronic or severe cases. 
need for steroids or immuno-suppressants can be minimized
Homeopathic treatment has no side effects & safe for all age groups
Homeopathy should be started in early disease process in order to gain maximum benefit.