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Are Allergic Reactions Without Hives Unusual?

Q: I’d been led to understand that you had to have hives to have an allergic reaction, but my daughter, who’s 14, has come through an anaphylactic reaction to nuts (she ate a food product that turned out to contain cashews). She was nauseated, wheezing and the ER said her blood pressure dropped low. But not […]

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Five Fast Facts About Chronic Body Hives

Hives that are caused by body and environmental triggers are known as physical urticarias and include: Solar Hives  Heading South for the Winter? Some people develop urticaria from a reaction to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Avoidance of direct sun, including protective dressing and using a sunblock are important. Pressure Hives: Those affected will get hives about […]

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Free App Aims to Aid Those With Chronic Hives

New Canadian site and app aims to answer itching questions about chronic hives.

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Comedy Actress Vicki Lawrence Gets Serious About Chronic Hives

Best known for the hilarious skits on “The Carol Burnett Show”, Emmy-winning actress Vicki Lawrence is getting serious in a real-life role as an advocate for those living with chronic hives – a condition that she was diagnosed with more than four years ago. It all started when Lawrence woke up with a relentless itch […]

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What causes hives to appear in a food-allergic reaction?

Q: Why do we get hives in a food-allergic reaction? And will they always appear?  Dr. Sicherer: Hives, also called urticaria, develop when allergy cells in the skin release chemicals, including histamine, that cause localized swelling, redness and itching. The response looks like a series of mosquito bites, often across an expanse of skin, but various […]

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What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy occurs when a person’s immune system identifies proteins in a food as allergenic and begins to produce antibodies – called Immunoglobulin E or IgE – to guard against that food (e.g. shellfish or peanuts). These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells in the body, and when the person again eats the allergenic […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy

Do you sometimes feel sick to your stomach not long after eating? Have you noticed a pattern in the types of food you eat when this occurs? Perhaps you have experienced unexplained skin rashes (known as hives) or vomiting or diarrhea? Does your child refuse to eat a certain food, or complain that it makes […]

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Am I Allergic to Exercise?

If a workout brings on hives, it’s less likely the perspiration and more likely your own body heat that’s to blame. The reaction can be triggered by several heat-raising activities: jogging or aerobic workouts are obvious, but also hot baths or showers and even emotional stress can bring on the hives.

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