Heat Hives is an allergic reaction to heat and is medically known as cholinergic urticarial. Cholinergic urticarial or heat hives is more or less the condition of being hypersensitive or extremely sensitives to heat, or the response of sweating. In this condition I recommend you to not use Benadryl for hives, there some other ways to keep it in control rather than using Benadryl for hives. People with this condition often wonder why they itch when they exercise, or any time they seem to get hot. If you have heat hives, you may get a hives rash as a reaction to any type of action that makes your body temperature rise, including sunbathing, exercising, stress, taking a hot shower/bath or going from a cool area to warm area.
No symptoms are present when not in a hot area or hot water, and other than experiencing one of these stimuli, you wouldn’t know you have heat hives. When these actions occur, hives are seen as a response to the temperature change. Symptoms of heat hives include an itching or burning sensation during the initial attack and normally goes away when the body’s overall temperature is cooled.
People with heat hives normally find that these symptoms and attacks happen suddenly, and sometimes will disappear just as suddenly. Some people find that they are fine one day and the following day they have heat hives.
This condition is known to last an entire lifetime in some patients, meaning that if you have it once, you will probably have recurrences. Dermatologists that do not specialize in hives usually only offer antihistamine medications, which only treat the symptoms and not the hives themselves. This is why antihistamines are poor substitute for a real heat hives cure.
So, basically it is what I tell people that you’re allergic to your body wanting to sweat except for when your body starts to sweat.
Here is the basic home remedy for the heat hives.
- Cold Compress
Most skin allergy specialists suggest cold compresses as the best topical natural remedy for hives.
- Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth. Place it over the affected skin for 10 minutes at a time, three or four times a day.
Hives on Babies
Now I am going to write down hives when they happen in babies. Hive is really a kind of a rash and we think of it as sort of a large raised bump and by large I mean you know maybe a half inch to an inch in size. Usually, the bumps are sort of pale with some redness around them. We call that a wheel on flare reaction and there are types of allergic reaction. Now a lot of things can cause hive, many of the common causes and medications. However, you can also see hives with foods because you can see hives when babies get a viral illness when they get too hot, too cold, and emotional.
There are quite a few causes, sometimes you can identify the cause and sometimes you really have no idea when they come back again and again or fail to go away, sometimes you’ll ask an allergist to help or perhaps doing some allergy testing.
The easiest thing to treat hives with antihistamines and babies older than six months, we can use second-generation antihistamines like Zyrtec, Claritin-D. Those work really well, they last 24 hours and they’re both effective against hives.
Note that Claritin itself is not approaching babies between six months and two years of age, although some people do use it off later label. There’s a branded label slightly different version called Clarinex Desloratadine that is approved down to six months age. However, give the Zyrtec cetirizine is working for you that ought to be fine.
Now, you can also alternatively use a shorter acting antihistamine like Benadryl as well and when they get bad, some doctors will even prescribe what we think of an antacid, an acid reducer like Ranitidine Zantac. Some people will try and treat hives with steroids is something that we do commonly. It’s very difficult to find a study that shows actually works or helps but it is widely accepted therapy for more severe allergic reactions and doesn’t be surprised if you bring a baby in for hives, any walk-out with some sort of steroid therapy.
You might also try sort of a cool bath, a wash cloth to help with itching, however, the good news is, most of the time hives get better. Sometimes hives are associated with the more severe allergic reaction so if you noticed swelling of the lips for the mouth or the eyes, if you notice the baby is having a difficult time breathing or wheezing or coughing excessively, that’s an emergency, you really want to get that child seen immediately, Possibly, emergently.
Ask questions, if you have confusion regarding heat hives and hives on babies whether its heat hives or others.