Archive for the ‘Skin Diseases’ Category

Hives

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

What Are Hives?

Hives, also known as urticaria, are itchy, raised welts that are found on the skin. They may be red and painful to touch. In most cases, hives are caused by an adverse reaction to medication or an allergic reaction to an irritant.

What Causes Hives?

Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to something that you have encountered or swallowed. When you are having an allergic reaction, your body begins to release histamines into your blood. Histamines are chemicals your body produces in an attempt to defend itself against infection and other outside intruders. Unfortunately, in some people, the histamines can cause swelling, itching, and many of the symptoms that are experienced with hives. In terms of allergens, hives can be caused by factors such as pollen, medications, animal dander, and insect bites.

It should be noted that hives might also be caused by circumstances besides allergies.

Who Is at Risk?

People who are known to have allergies are more likely to get hives. You may also be at risk to develop hives if you are on medication or if you are unknowingly exposed to things you may be allergic to, such as food or experiencing hay fever.

What Do Hives Look Like?

The most noticeable symptom associated with hives is the welts that appear on the skin. Welts may be red but can also be the same color as your skin. They can be small and round, ring-shaped, or large and of random shape. Hives are usually itchy, and tend to appear in batches on the affected part of the body. They can grow larger, change shape, and spread.

Homeopathic remedies for urticaria hives

• Apis.
• Arsenicum album.
• Bovista.
• Chloral hydrate.
• Dulcamara.
• Formica rufa.
• Hepar sulphur.
• Nat.mur.
• Nux vomica.
• Pulsatilla.
• Rhus toxicodendron.
• Sepia.
• Sulphur.
• Urtica urens.

Hemangioma

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What Is a Hemangioma?

Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths that form due to an abnormal collection of blood vessels. They are usually found on the skin or internal organs—particularly the liver. Because they are congenital, most people develop them before birth, while they are still in the womb.

Hemangiomas on the liver rarely cause symptoms. Usually, they are not discovered until you are tested for an unrelated condition. Skin hemangiomas appear as small scratches on babies and grow larger as the child ages. However, most hemangiomas of the skin disappear by the age of 10.

Hemangiomas are usually small, but in some cases they may grow large, or develop lesions and require removal. There are no known ways to prevent the growth of hemangiomas on the skin or organs.

How Do Hemangiomas Develop?

Hemangiomas of the skin develop when blood vessels group together into a single lump. Experts are not sure why blood vessels group together like this, but they suspect it is caused by certain proteins that are produced in the placenta during gestation (or the time when you are in the womb).

On the Skin

Hemangiomas of the skin can form on the top layer of skin or on the fatty layer underneath. In the beginning, it may appear to be a red birthmark on the skin. Slowly, it will start to protrude from the skin.

On the Liver

Hemangiomas of the liver form in and on the liver’s surface. These hemangiomas are thought to be estrogen-sensitive. During menopause, many women are prescribed replacement estrogen to minimize the symptoms caused by the decline of their natural estrogen levels. This excess estrogen can fuel the growth of liver hemangiomas.

Where Else Can Hemangiomas Grow?

Hemangiomas can grow on other areas within the body, such as the:

  • kidneys
  • lungs
  • colon
  • brain

Hemangiomas that grow in the brain cavities or other cavities within the body are called cavernous hemangiomas.

Signs and Symptoms of Hemangiomas

Hemangiomas do not normally cause symptoms during or after their formation. However, they may cause some symptoms if they grow large, if there are multiple hemangiomas, or if they grow in a sensitive area.

How Do Skin Hemangiomas Look?

Hemangiomas of the skin usually appear to be small red scratches or bumps. As they grow, their appearance is similar to a burgundy-colored birthmark. Skin hemangiomas are sometimes called strawberry hemangiomas, because of their deep-red appearance. This type is mostly found on the neck or the face.

Symptoms of Hemangiomas of the Internal Organs

Hemangiomas within the body usually go unnoticed until they grow large or multiple hemangiomas form.

Common symptoms that you might have are:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal discomfort
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • a feeling of fullness in the abdomen