Tag Archives: allergic rash

Hives. What causes them? How to make them go away?

I love to see hives.  So treatable.  So temporary.  And, to avoid them in the future is . . . so rewarding. What are hives? Raised bumps in the upper layers of the skin. Red or pink or pale (almost … Continue reading

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What to do if you think you have shingles. . .

If you’ve had chicken pox, the herpesvirus is hibernating in your body.  It can reactivate anytime and cause shingles.   Shingles is a painful , itchy, burning, bugs-under-your-skin-feeling rash on one side of the body.  See your doctor for confirmation. The goals of antiviral therapy are … Continue reading

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The coughing, sneezing, achy head. . . .symptoms. Hay fever?

This is spring break for some.  I am “manning the storefront” and have seen countless allergy patients.  Some wonder if they have a cold? Or hay fever?  Here is the lowdown. Hay fever tends to be more seasonal with symptoms … Continue reading

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Rashes. . . . mysteries I love to solve.

My non-medical friends are horrified when they see my delight with rashes.  I have given a dermatology talk to medical students monthly for 10 years: dermatology 101.  One common rash is contact dermatitis.  There are two kinds:  1.  irritant–which is … Continue reading

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