Urticaria, Hives-Urticaria Overview

What Is Urticaria

chronic urticaria

Urticaria is the medical term used to describe a skin condition more commonly known as Hives. Uticaria or Hives normally manifest as? wheal’s (welts), red lesions with a red “flare” at the borders & appear on the skin,?the rash?can occur anywhere on the body, however it is quite rare to have hives on the bottom of your feet.

In many cases, the urticarial wheal’s go away within 2-24 hours and are not considered serious. It is estimated that 15% of all people will develop urticaria at some point in their lives. Urticaria usually falls into two categories the most common of which is acute hives which often disappear almost as soon as they arrive, the other more serious form of the condition is chronic hives/ urticaria.

The chronic version of the condition can plague a sufferer for years in some cases, but is determined as chronic after a six week period. Of those with chronic hives, some 80% are idiopathic, the medical term which means that no cause, allergic or otherwise, can be determined.

In hives, a chemical called histamine is released from the cells in the skin. This causes fluid from blood vessels underneath the surface of your skin to leak out. This results in the raised patches (wheal’s) that you see on the surface of your skin. The histamine also causes the wheal’s to itch.

If urticaria affects the deeper layers of skin, it can cause even larger swellings, called angioedema or giant urticaria. Urticaria and angioedema can occur together or separately.

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Chronic urticaria-Autoimmune Urticaria

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Many of us suffer with chronic urticaria and in most cases our urticaria condition is called idiopathic urticaria, this is a big word which simply describes the fact that our chronic urticaria has no obvious reason.

After reading urticaria article after article and getting hold of a self help urticaria remedy, it became apparent that chronic urticaria in many cases is actually the result of an autoimmune disorder much like rheumatoid arthritis.

My Chronic Urticaria Symptoms-Chronic Urticaria & Angiodema..Part 1

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After starting to write this post I suddenly realised my acute & chronic urticaria symptoms cover quite a bit of text and quite a lot of writing, so the following symptoms cover my earliest symptoms, from my very first urticaria symptom at 16, through too my 30′s with severe urticaria & Angiodema.

All later symptoms will be in further posts…So please check back if this subject is of interest to you

 

 

Chronic Urticaria & Angiodema

Chronic urticaria symptoms vary greatly from person to person, rather than talk in general about common urticaria symptoms I’d like to talk about my personal issues with urticaria.

My Chronic Urticaria symptoms

Hopefully some of you will be able to relate to the chronic urticaria symptoms I’m about to talk about.. OK, here goes.

As I think I mentioned my condition started out as plain old acute urticaria, at the age of 16 I developed urticaria for the first time, unlike many people I didn’t get all the little bumps which some people refer to as nettle rash, I’m sure you know what I mean.

Instead I developed a rash which started as circles, the outside of the circle looked red and was slightly raised, inside of the red raised perimeter the skin was sore and pale.

The first time I developed the condition it appeared only on the back of my wrists, sort of the pulse area, I had just one on each pulse. I remember taking a trip to the doctor with my mum, and I clearly remember the doctor saying that it looked like ring worm, this was plausible at the time as we did have a cat.

Acute Urticaria-Urticarial Wheals

Anyway as this site is about urticaria, you can probably guess that the doctors diagnosis was incorrect, I sure wish it had just been ring worm. My acute urticaria episodes remained infrequent for 2 or 3 years, nothing major, the occasional rings and bumps, but nothing to really worry about.

Latter as I grew older my urticaria condition grew much worse, I don’t think it would have been considered chronic urticaria at that point as the outbreaks were not daily or even weekly, but they did become serious and very debilitating.

I cant be sure what the catalyst was for the more severe chronic urticaria attacks as I got older, although I do remember that these more severe urticaria attacks seemed to become more frequent as I started to drink alcohol in my early 20′s.

The symptoms of these chronic urticaria attacks developed as follows:

Scalp became very itchy, almost like lots of little pins pricking my head, after this (within 2-3 hours) my head would start to swell, lumps would appear all over my head, not little hive type bumps but huge lumps.

It always started the same back then, the urticaria lumps would rise all over my scalp (only under my hair to start with), then the rings, which I later found out were referred to as welts or urticaria wheals would appear quickly all over my body, but instead of remaining lots of rings or uticaria wheals, they grew and expanded until they eventually met and merged with the next closest uticaria wheal, this continued until all of the wheels appeared to merge.

These urticaria wheals were similar to the rings I had on my wrists when I was younger, however the inside of the raised ring or urticaria wheal was more of a red colour.

As the urticaria wheals expanded and merged my skin seemed to swell and become very painful, especially around the joints, such as the backs of my knees and ankles, which made walking a bit of an issue.

Chronic Urticaria & Angioedema

Urticaria & Angiodema Swelled my Face and Head So Bad I Didn’t Recognise Myself

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The urticaria welts or rings covered my entire body apart from my face, the wheels would climb as far as my neck and up behind my ears. Unfortunately my face wasn’t spared, although the wheals stopped at the back of my ears and neck, my face just swelled and expanded. I remember the first time it happened I looked at myself in the mirror, what I saw was remarkable, even shocking, why?, because the reflection wasn’t one that I recognised, the swelling changed the size, shape even facial features, quite frankly it was terrifying.

After numerous tests, visits to specialist dermatologists and years of infrequent but severe attacks like the one previously mentioned I discovered I had a condition called Idiopathic Urticaria which triggered or appeared with a separate but linked condition called Idiopathic Angiodema (think I spelled that right?)

See next post for my later symptoms, I’d love to here your comments, especially if any of these urticaria symptoms are familiar to you.

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