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Health Tip: Easing Hives

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

-- Hives are red, itchy skin welts that stem from an allergic reaction. Finding out what caused the hives is a first step in ending the itch. The ease the discomfort and prevent hives from returning, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Hives may be triggered by food, medication, animals, pollen, stress or infection. A mild case may not need treatment and may subside on its own. A cool ...

Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites

Posted 5 Jun 2015 by

-- Bug bites can be more than a nuisance. It's important to care for them properly to avoid infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: If you have a bite, don't scratch it. Use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to ease itching. Take a bath or shower as soon as you come inside to help get rid of ticks. Prevent tick bites by carefully inspecting your body ...

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Rashes Can Be Serious

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Itchy, blistering rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac are common and are caused by an oil in the plants called urushiol. Usually, you can deal with these rashes at home, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says. But you should go to the emergency room immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: Trouble breathing or swallowing, The rash covers most ...

Health Tip: Soothing Bug Bites

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by

-- Nothing can ruin a nice summer evening faster than being bitten by bugs. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to take the sting out of those itchy or painful bumps: Use calamine lotion liberally, taking care to avoid the eyes and genitals. Apply a cold compress to areas that are irritated. For bee or wasp stings, soak a cloth in cold water and hold over the sting. Promptly remove a ...

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives

Posted 21 Jul 2014 by

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 – A drug already used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who haven't been helped by standard medications, new research suggests. The prescription drug – omalizumab (Xolair) – is already available to treat hives, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval earlier this year for that use. The current ...

FDA Approves Xolair (omalizumab) for Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Posted 24 Mar 2014 by

South San Francisco, Calif. – March 21, 2014 – Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xolair (omalizumab) for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), a form of chronic hives. The new use is for people 12 years of age and older who remain symptomatic despite treatment with H1-antihistamine therapy5. Until ...

Health Tip: Coping With Itching During Pregnancy

Posted 1 Mar 2013 by

-- Hormones can trigger many pregnancy discomforts, including itching on the belly, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The website lists these suggestions to help ease itching during pregnancy: Wash skin with a mild, gentle cleanser. Moisturize with a rich moisturizing cream. Make sure the water in your bath or shower isn't too hot. Don't wear fabrics that are itchy. See ...

Summer's Heat May Enflame Hives

Posted 30 May 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30 – Nearly one in four people develops hives at some time or another, and they can be triggered by hot summer weather. Hives are itchy, red or white bumps, welts or patches on the skin. The condition can be acute or chronic, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Acute hives, which can last less than a day or up to six weeks, are likely a reaction ...

Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Remedies Don't Work: Report

Posted 12 Apr 2012 by

THURSDAY, April 12 – A new report says there is little evidence that over-the-counter insect bite remedies actually work. In addition, most reactions to insect bites are mild and don't require any treatment, according to the evidence review in the April issue of the British journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. When insects such as mosquitoes bite a person, the saliva they inject can cause a ...

Health Tip: When Exercise Causes Hives

Posted 11 Oct 2011 by

-- When some people exercise, they may break out in raised, itchy bumps and have other allergy symptoms during or just after activity. "Exercise-induced urticaria" is the medical term for this outbreak of hives. The American Academy of Family Physicians says warning signs of the condition may include: Itchy, bumpy skin that becomes flushed or red. A feeling of choking or having difficulty ...

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