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Skin Care and Diseases

Whelps

10/17/2006

Question:

Within the past couple of days my skin will produce red bumps and whelps after scratching the spot. I do have eczema, but I didn`t know if that had anything to do with it.  It`s never done this before. What is it and is it normal?

Answer:

You are describing acute urticaria or hives.  These are usually allergic responses (type I) and usually respond to antihistamines.  There are medications over-the-counter, such as Benadryl, which are effective in treating most of these acute processes.  The nonsedating antihistamines, also used for this process, require a physician's prescription.  I would urge you to see your board certified dermatologist who may help you in the care of your "eczema" and your urticaria.

 

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Response by:

Charles L Heaton, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati