Do you know that? Suddenly, the skin begins to itch and everywhere form small hives and skin swelling. Usually this is a typical case of hives, which is called in technical language urticaria. The disease occurs in waves and can be unpredictable for allergy sufferers. Often, the hives disappear but after a few minutes, sometimes they remain for months or even years. Hives has many causes.
A drug, a virus that is ice cold beer in the evening, stress and depression trigger the disease. Allergic reaction with hives on foods such as fish, eggs, cereals, milk, shellfish, shells, nuts and berries, to menthol in toothpaste, for residues of pesticides in fruit and vegetables, to amalgam in dental fillings, to insect stings or medications such as aspirin or penicillin. Too, too long, wearing a backpack can cause the skin rash. In many cases, doctors and concerned not the cause of the hives. Approximately 12-35 percent of Germans are, according to studies at least once in their lives affected by an acute urticaria. The number of allergy sufferers is not increased in the last thirty years. Rash occurs most often between the ages 30-50 years. Women suffer more frequently than men. Also it occurs in newborns. Acute urticaria is the most common skin diseases and is one of the most unpleasant. Especially the itching charged to those affected. "Patients not sleep and can not concentrate on work because she was so much to scratch," says Marcus Maurer, professor of allergy at the Allergy Centre Charité in Berlin.
Hives sounds mostly without medication again. Severe Allergy must also be treated. To find the cause of the hives, called a skin prick test is done. Various substances are known to trigger allergies, are applied to the skin. Allergy then react with red skin swellings. It is often not just one but there are several substances that cause an allergic reaction. These histamines are released. With medication, called antihistamines, this distribution and thus the allergic reaction are suppressed.