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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hives

I am not aware with the name hives until the time when my 4 months old baby has allergy reaction with peanut. Hives, also known as urticaria or welts, are swollen areas on the skin. They can show up in different shapes and sizes, but are generally well defined, with a pale, central, raised area surrounded by a red border. And they usually itch. I noticed that few days ago when Dustin eating peanut butter jelly and kissed Dana's cheek and the reaction is kind a scary because i see those hives all over her cheek and face. Now I know that even the baby is not eating the peanut but been exposed to peanut food and get into her skin? she still gonna have that reaction. Here is what i found out at babycenter.com about hives.

What causes hives?
Hives show up when the body releases a chemical called histamine. There are so many reasons this might happen that you might have trouble identifying the culprit, but here are the most likely possibilities:

Insect bites and stings. If your baby's allergic to bees or fire ants, for example, he could develop hives in reaction to being stung or bitten.

Food. Your baby might get hives in reaction to something he eats, once he's eating solids. Or he might react to something you ate if you're breastfeeding him. The most likely foods to offend are tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, shellfish, chocolate, fish, milk, fresh or frozen berries, tomatoes, and certain food additives and preservatives. (Some of these foods, like cow's milk, are not suitable for babies, but your baby might still react to them in your breast milk.) He may break out in hives because he's allergic to the protein in the food, or simply because his body reacts to a chemical in the food by releasing histamine. Some children even develop hives simply from coming into contact with certain foods — for example, when the juice from a strawberry gets on their skin. (Surprisingly, those same babies might not react to eating strawberries.)

Allergens Babies who have developed an allergy to cats could also break out in hives when they touch the kitty. Your baby could even get hives from an allergen in the air, like pollen.

Illness. Your baby might get hives when he has a cold or other viral infection. Less commonly, he could get hives from a bacterial infection.

Temperature. Sometimes cold temperatures can cause hives. The same goes for a sudden change in temperature — such as when your baby's skin warms up after being cold.

Drugs. Antibiotics and some other medications might cause your baby to break out in hives.

1 comment:

Medical Information said...

Hives is also called nettle rash or Utricaria. It is a skin disease which is very itchy with red patches. It is caused by flea bites, usually from fleas on domesticated animals like cats, dogs or wearing ill fitting clothes or reaction to certain animal forms or excessive sweating. One can get relief from itchiness by applying calamine lotion, aloe Vera based creams, ice packs and frequent showering, swimming in pool will help a lot. To get more tips for hives, refer Hives