According to statistics, nearly one in five at least once in their life suffered such “itchy” diseases as urticaria and angioedema. These torturers may harass a person partly or fully (half of the cases). Although it is sometimes difficult to determine the cause of body rashes and blisters, most often they are caused by allergens. In this article, I will tell you about different ways how to prevent and how to get rid of these unpleasant ailments.
The symptoms of urticaria and angioedema
Urticaria and angioedema are both related to a single group of allergic diseases with similar symptoms but different mechanisms of development. Its name – urticaria – the disease has received for specific as if after touching the nettles, pink, fading if pressed on the body, blisters, which are the size of a millimetre to several centimetres, and cause intolerable itching. In this case, the temperature of the body raises, you feel weakness and headache. Urticaria is striking predisposed parts of human’s skin or the whole body. In the course of the disease, there’re two forms: acute and chronic.
Angioedema is represented by an allergic swelling of the lips, eyes, and tongue, sometimes so strong that it needs urgent medical attention.
People with hypersensitivity to allergens, in order to avoid these diseases, should be extremely careful in their choice of food and received medications. It is not recommended to consume peanuts, shellfish, soy, fish, milk, wheat, chicken, walnuts, food additives and dyes, some fruits and berries (such as bananas and strawberries).
Among drugs that can cause malaise, are antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, insulin, tranquillizers, analgesics, drugs, vaccines and some serum. Aspirin rarely causes urticaria, but during the chronic form of the disease, rashes increase while taking aspirin.
Urticaria may cause the injection of blood or radiopaque substances in the body. The only reliable way to test the drug as an allergen is to stop consuming it for a short time.
It is necessary to protect yourself against the bites of bees, wasps, ants, as well as viral and parasitic infections (giardiasis, hepatitis, intestinal worms). Relapses of urticaria are frequent in patients with chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. It can be “triggered” as well by fever, alcohol, emotional factors, menstruation, and other reasons.
What to do if you have urticaria
Itching, rash, swelling of the skin and mucous bodies, blisters and bubbles are all the results of histamines (a substance present in all tissues of the body) leaving the body under the influence of allergens. That is why in the treatment of easy forms of the disease, primarily antihistamines are prescribed. You can use a combination of antihistamine drugs and antidepressants.
Often, cleansing enemas and activated carbon have a positive effect. In exacerbations of chronic urticarial, treatment in specialized centres is required. By the way, be sure to download the guide by Dr Gary Levin. This manual represents a unique and very effective method of treatment of urticaria and angioedema at home.
People, who are exposed to these “itchy” diseases, should be aware of those simple recommendations:
– Bathe and wash your hands in warm water; Avoid hot showers and baths, ice water, contact with ice (for example, do not take ice cubes in your hands);
– Do not use harsh soaps;
– After bathing, apply moisturizer on the skin and wipe with a soft towel;
– Wear loose, light cotton clothing;
– Try not to be in a hot environment;
– Do not take aspirin, even if an outbreak of the disease subsided;
– During the excessive excitability of the organism, use sedatives.
To prevent urticaria and angioedema, old medical books recommended from time to time to eat only plant foods, or at least for some time to avoid fatty meat, pork, venison, hot (chilli) snacks and wine. I hope you’ll get better soon! Thank you for attention!