Tag Archives: hives

It’s HIVES season!

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are notorious for causing hives.  I’ve seen this a few times this week in my office.  The allergic reaction is due to urushiol, colorless oil in the leaves, stem, root and sap of the plant. … Continue reading

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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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Anaphylaxis. The worst-of-the-worst allergic reactions.

One question I ask every new patient is “Are you allergic to anything?”   I need to know.  The goal is to avoid an allergic reaction, especially anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction.  Frequently it is not anticipated and … Continue reading

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