I’m a 30-year-old woman and have been suffering from skin issues all my life, from allergic eczema to rashes and contact dermatitis. Now, I’ve been diagnosed with hives. What should I do?

Allergy as a medical problem manifests itself in many ways, not only affecting the skin, but also leading to bronchial asthma, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), repeated throat and eye irritations, unexplained headaches and repeated attacks of allergic diarrhoea, especially in infants.

Deducing from the history of your skin complaints, it is definitely suggestive of severe atrophy, where due to his/her genetic predisposition, the sufferer becomes highly prone to severe skin allergies.

Your present condition of hives is medically diagnosed as urticaria. If it lasts more than six months, it is considered chronic urticaria, and unfortunately, a majority of chronic urticaria cases fall in the autoimmune group, where no definite cause can be detected even after you undergo the full range of available tests.

The successful treatment of acute urticaria – which is usually caused by a known allergen – is achieved by eliminating the allergen. In the case of chronic urticaria, oral antihistamines are the first line of treatment, followed by short courses of oral corticosteroids in resistant cases. You can consult a skilled dermatologist for a detailed diagnosis.