Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Welts from Allergies Overview

Another name for Skin Welts from Allergies is Allergic Urticaria.

What is allergic urticaria?
A person with allergic urticaria has swelling of the skin, due to allergies. Urticaria or hives causes mild redness and swelling of the skin. Urticaria usually resolves in 48 to 72 hours. Allergic urticaria is very common. About 1 out of every 1,000 people in the US develop urticaria each year.

What are the symptoms of allergic urticaria?
Urticaria is the medical term for a type of allergic rash. Hives are the most common type of urticaria. Hives are itchy, pink to light red, raised blotches that are usually one-quarter to one-half inch in size. Hives can occur on any part of the body. They usually develop quickly and spread over minutes to hours.

How does the doctor treat allergic urticaria?
Treatment for allergic urticaria includes skin cleansing, oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, and oral corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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