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What is Urticaria?

Urticaria e-BrochuresUrticaria also called nettle-rash or hives or wheels in a common language, simply means itching with a rash. Medically, urticaria may be defined as skin eruption, which is allergic (or non-allergic) in origin and is characterized by profound itching, red circular or irregularly shaped eruptions on any part of the body.

Urticaria is commonly misspelled as uticaria, utricaria, urticara, uricaria. Urticaria is called as pitti in Hindi.

Urticaria is an allergic or non-allergic immunological disease, shown on the skin. Characteristically the skin eruptions are erythematous, raised above the skin level, with intense itching and usually worsened by itching with slight local warmth. It can be acute or chronic; largely having a tendency to recur frequently for many months or years.

Urticaria on shoulder

Urticaria near ear Urticaria on forearms

These eruptions can remain on the body for a variable period anywhere between a few seconds to even hours. They have a tendency to disappear and reappear. They tend to disappear without leaving behind any trace. 


Location and duration:Urticaria on Face

Well, urticaria may appear on any part of the skin. Angioedema is a condition when deep tissues are affected. The typical lesions may last for one minute to half an hour. Some may last even longer. Some patients may get the eruptions once in a while and some may have many times during the day. It may be restricted to a couple of spots in some patients, while some may have widespread rashes appearing for days or even months together.

There are acute, sub-acute, chronic and recurring variants as far as the frequency and duration are concerned.
 

Histopathological view:

Under the microscope, a typical urticarial rash may exhibit perivascular, cellular infiltrate consisting of lymphocytes and eosinophils, is indicative of its allergic behavior. There are findings related to edema (swelling) and mucosal inflammation.
 

Urticaria: The Inner war:

The urticaria rash is a symptom of an allergic and immunological event taking place at the dermal level. The exact understanding is elusive to an extent. In brief, urticaria is a hypersensitive reaction due to the histamine release. The histamine release could be from the mast cells when antigens and antibodies (IgM or IgG) combine to activate the immunological reaction. The histamine release could IgE induced. There are certain drugs, pharmacological agents (e.g.: antibiotics, morphine, aspirin, etc.), food articles (proteins, milk products, etc.) Urticaria is a sign of antigen-antibody reaction. During this process of antibody-antigen reaction, histamine and/or acetylcholine is generated which has the property of causing vessel dilatation (vasodilation) swelling, itching, pain, and rash.

Urticaria rash mechanism

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If you are suffering from recurrent or chronic skin allergy called urticaria and you are unable to reduce your anti-allergic medicines, you should read this case study. You will definitely find out a solution to your complaint. 

Urticaria is the skin hypersensitive reaction to any .....Read more

A 32-year-old male patient, Mr. M. M. K. (PIN: 41042) was suffering from urticaria and acidity for 1 year. He came to Life Force on 29th August 2019. He was suffering from its episodes 7-8 times a month, and they used to last for 3-4 hours to 1 day. The intensity of the episodes was mild to moder.....Read more

A 33-year-old housewife from Karnataka (PIN: 38001) visited Life Force Clinic on 18th September 2018 for treating her weals, severe itching, and burning sensation on her skin. She was suffering from the same for more than 2 months. On thorough case-taking, it was found that she was suffering from.....Read more

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