Medical literature have quite a number of entries devoted to the study of urticaria and what causes it. When you say you are suffering from the medical condition known as urticaria, it is simply that you experiencing ‘hives’. It comes in the form of a skin rash with a bump, and it itches quite a bit. These bumps are typically raised, relative to the rest of the skin, and they are typically red in color.
Categorizing the causes of urticaria will have us dealing with two major classifications of the causes of urticaria. The first category is composed of those causes that are of an allergic nature. Meanwhile, the second classification is where the causes that are other than allergic reactions fall under.
Urticaria Can Be An Allergic Reaction
There are cases where people develop hives after being exposed to certain substances, in the environment or otherwise. These allergic reactions to their environment is what brings about the urticaria. Some people also easily acquire urticaria the moment they ingest or drink certain drugs or medications. Such drug-induced urticaria is, in fact, very common. Simple pain relievers and other, more potent, diabetes medications are quite known for actually causing hives in some patients. Keep in mind the fact that there are actually medications or prescription drugs that are known to have urticaria as a side effect. But it turns out that these medications are for life-threatening health conditions so they can’t be stopped without risking one’s health. But side effects are often ignored in favor of the fact that these medications are used to cure a greater ill or sickness. That’s why they are willing to live with hives.
Non-Allergic Causes of Urticaria
The second category we identified is the non-allergic causes. The development of the condition cannot be solely attributed to allergens. Simple scratching of the skin can lead to some people actually ending up having a case of hives. We have even some people who exhibit urticaria whenever their skin gets firmly stroked. Rubbing of the skin could even lead to urticaria developing in some people.
The non-allergic causes of urticaria we have looked at so far are those that entail the skin being put under some sort of rough pressure. Urticaria can even arise in some people after they have experienced drastic and extreme changes in temperature. In this particular category, we have two subcategories of urticaria manifestations: those that are cold-induced and those that are heat-induced. But there are also a lot of people who easily develop urticaria after having been exposed to water. You can easily find a lot of skin creams to remedy this problem. On the other hand, there are also people who break out into hives after being exposed to the sun for prolonged periods. This exact condition goes by the name ‘solar urticaria’.
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