Question: I had sort of itching when I was preparing for my exams at the age of 17. The period of occurrence was during nights. Had then taken medication locally and subsided. Then the symptoms started reoccurring at periodic intervals of 6 months in a year. Once there it would take a course of 1-2 months in subsiding. Lately I consulted a specialist and he told me that it is Urticaria and its exact cause cannot be determined. Hence he put me on Allegra 180 for continuous 2 months. I did take that for continuous 2 months.Then observed its re-occurrence. It has not subsided till now wherein I had extended the medication for 2 more months and on need basis i.e. when I am under an attack of itching, I take Allegra 180. Now it is reoccurring within every 36 hours. This is seriously damaging my lifestyle. Am a professional involved in construction industry and my stress levels are high. My diet is balanced and I’m a non-vegetarian. Help me out in getting a cure the symptoms for a longer term at least. Also please let me know what is urticaria pigmentosa in children and babies?
Answer: Urticaria is a common dermatologic disorder, which is also referred to as hives.Urticaria appears in for form of well-circumscribed, elevated, erythematic spots with edema of the dermis. Urticaria is very puritic.
- Urticaria is caused due to allergens or substances, which cause allergic reaction in the body.
- These allergens trigger the immune system of the body.
- Histamine and other inflammatory mediators (cytokines) are released by the Basophils, Mast cells and other inflammatory cells in response to the allergens.
- This histamine causes the leakage of interstitial fluid from the blood vessels which results in the edema. The itching is attributed to the high concentration of inflammatory cells in the region.
- Urticaria is caused due to exposure to dust, mold, chemicals, plants, rubber, latex, industrial chemical, nail polish or practically anything. Exposure to sun and cold is also known to cause urticaria.
Treatment for Urticaria:
- Since you are a work at construction site, it is possible that you are persistently exposed to an allergen, which is causing the urticaria. It is also possible that it may not be a single allergen, but multiple allergens that are causing the problem.
- To isolate the cause, don’t go to work for a few days. If the urticaria subsides during this time, it implies that there is something at the work site that is prompting the urticaria growth. If no, there is something at home.
- The only management is to avoid exposure to the cause. There is no other way to manage the condition.
- Alternatively you could try to take homeopathic remedy Apis Mellifica 30, 6 pills, every 4 hours, to alleviate the itching and inflammation.