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What's causing my hives? I...
What's causing my hives? I get them once in a while, and they go away in a few days. I believe the first time was in June, I don't have any food allergies that I know of. I take cetirizine 10mg and it seems to help I guess. It happens when I wake up and start itching then I notice them and sometimes they're itchy.
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Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Hello, Thank you for using Just answer. Do you have any other symptom or illness?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Thank you for the information,
The presence of itching and hives indicates an allergy.
Often the cause of allergy is not apparent.

Besides food, there can be environmental allergen too.
Allergy test can be needed if the doctor feels necessary.
You can continue Benadryl or Zyrtec as you

You may need prescription grade antihistamine.

Sometimes, oral steroid can be needed too if it does not respond to antihistamine.

I hope this information helps.
I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.
Please feel free for any follow up query.
Best wishes.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
What environmental allergens? And those can make it come and go once in a while?
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

There are different allergens.

There can be contact with plant, soap, animal dander, insect bites etc.

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Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

There are different allergens.

There can be contact with plant, soap, animal dander, insect bites etc.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I don't know of any
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Yes, you may not be aware of any such contact or intake. If it continues to recur then allergy test can be considered.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Do you think it's anything serious? Or if I would need blood work etc?
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

I​ do not think it is serious as it is occurring once in a while. Many people have it.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
it's a long term thing? What are signs that it's serious ?
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

If it occurs frequently with severe rash, & other symptoms like fever, weight loss, yellow skin, gland or liver enlargement etc., then it is likely to be serious.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Yeah no other symptoms, i also have hives near the neck and I believe one on the forehead or near it. But not as itchy as the ones arm
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

So, it does not look serious.

Please do not worry much.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Should I just take an antihistamine everyday to prevent them?
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

I​t is not necessary to take it daily if you do not feel any symptom.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok thanks
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Any creams?
Pediatrician: Dr. Saha, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Hydrocortisone cream is available OTC.

You can use it.

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