"Oh-My-God-What-Is-That?" Skin Emergencies
Should you dig at it? Or rush to a derm? See photos and skin care tips for sensitive skin issues
Skin Emergency: Hives
Symptoms: Raised, red bumps on the skin's surface. Hives happen when you have an allergic reaction to food, the environment or something that touches your skin. Your body releases chemicals to fight the outside source, and itchy, stinging or burning welts result on your skin.
Treat it: Try an over-the-counter oral antihistamine like Benadryl or Claritin. As a rule, if hives last more than four days, see a doctor. If you experience shortness of breath in conjunction with an outbreak of hives, go immediately to an emergency room.
Prevent it: The best prevention is avoidance. Once you have an outbreak, take note of the elements that may have triggered the initial reaction, whether it's a new laundry detergent, a certain type of flower that's in bloom or the lobster you had for dinner.
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