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Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • The skin is itchy and has scratches

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Itch is mild

  • Itching

  • Scratching the skin

  • Nighttime itch is worse

  • Persistent, mild itch

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What is Hives (Urticaria)?

An itchy, allergic rash with red bumps, also known as "hives". The causes are broad, ranging from foods and medications to viral infections and bee stings. In most cases, the rash disappears within 24 hours, however medical attention is needed if there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

Typical Symptoms of Hives (Urticaria)

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Welts appear when skin is scratched or rubbed

  • Exposed to something that you were previously allergic to

  • Mild itch

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Hives or raised rashes

  • Skin over the entire body is red

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Hives (Urticaria)

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Does your skin itch at night?

  • Does your skin get red from friction or irritation?

  • Have you recently had contact with substances that trigger allergies?

  • Do you have a constant, mild itch?

Treatmentof Hives (Urticaria)

Treatment usually involves antihistamines to stop the allergic reaction. Severe cases (e.g. swollen lips and eyes or breathlessness) may require emergency medical care. It is important to identify and avoid the cause of the allergy in the future.

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  • Itchy skin

  • Affected area is swollen

References

  • Saini SS, Kaplan AP. Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria: The Devil's Itch. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018 Jul-Aug;6(4):1097-1106. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.04.013. PMID: 30033911; PMCID: PMC6061968.

    https://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(18)30290-3/fulltext

  • Radonjic-Hoesli S, Hofmeier KS, Micaletto S, Schmid-Grendelmeier P, Bircher A, Simon D. Urticaria and Angioedema: an Update on Classification and Pathogenesis. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2018 Feb;54(1):88-101. doi: 10.1007/s12016-017-8628-1. PMID: 28748365.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12016-017-8628-1

  • Maurer M, Fluhr JW, Khan DA. How to Approach Chronic Inducible Urticaria. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018 Jul-Aug;6(4):1119-1130. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.03.007. PMID: 30033913.

    https://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(18)30265-4/fulltext

  • Antia C, Baquerizo K, Korman A, Bernstein JA, Alikhan A. Urticaria: A comprehensive review: Epidemiology, diagnosis, and work-up. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Oct;79(4):599-614. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.01.020. PMID: 30241623.

    https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(18)30139-7/fulltext

  • Saini S, Shams M, Bernstein JA, Maurer M. Urticaria and Angioedema Across the Ages. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2020 Jun;8(6):1866-1874. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2020.03.030. Epub 2020 Apr 13. PMID: 32298850.

    https://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(20)30329-9/fulltext

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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