Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Associate Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Hives are raised, itchy, red bumps (welts) on the surface of the skin. They can be caused by an allergic reaction to food, drugs, or other causes. Urticaria affects up to 20% of people at some point in their lives.
Hives (urticaria) and angioedema
Anti-FceR1 Autoantibodies in Chronic Urticaria
Eczema or atopic dermatitis
Urticaria (hives): what is the cause? (click to enlarge the image).
Chronic Urticaria Treatment Options (click to enlarge the image). En Español.
Laboratory Diagnosis of Chronic Urticaria (click to enlarge the image).
Anti-FceR1 autoantibodies in chronic autoimmune urticaria: IgG against FceRI (receptor for IgE) (click to enlarge the image).
What causes autoimmune conditions (click to enlarge the image).
Autoimmune conditions vs Immunodeficiency (click to enlarge the image).
What to expect when visiting an allergy clinic
Current allergy skin tests are virtually painless. This video by Dr. Bassett, a board-certified allergist from New York City, shows what to expect when visiting an allergy clinic for diagnosis and treatment:
CIU & You - Patient support website about Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, sponsored by the makers of Xolair http://buff.ly/1zypqKg
Urticaria and angioedema. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2011, 7(Suppl 1):S9.
Good news: Amelioration of symptoms of patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria with treatment with vitamin D http://bit.ly/2zNTz9m
Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)
Blog articles from AllergyNotes
Questions to ask if a patient has a suspected episode of anaphylaxis
Image source: Urticaria, Wikipedia, public domain.