Hives Water

Hives water is a rare condition in which hives can develop within 1 to 15 minutes after you come in contact with water. It can appear in response to water at both cold and hot temperatures. The hives usually last for 10 to 120 minutes and do not seem to be caused by histamine release like the other types of physical hives. Most experts believe that this condition is caused by skin hypersensitivity to additives in the water, such as chlorine. Hives water is usually diagnosed by applying tap water and distilled water to the skin and observing the reaction.

The most common treatment for hives water is a cream called capsaicin (Zostrix). This cream is applied to the affected area of the skin. Antihistamines are helpful for other forms of urticaria, i.e. chronic hives treatment but its intake is questionable in the case of hives water since histamine is not the causative factor.

Like many other forms of hives, some people mistakenly think of it as an allergy; however, it is not due to histamine release, which makes it unique. It causes an extremely painful reaction to the body of the patient when in contact with water.

Hives water usually causes the skin to itch and burn after being exposed to water. Hives, which are itchy, raised bumps, may also develop on the patient's skin. The patient may feel pain, which may last between 10 minutes to two hours. Taking a shower may result in soreness and dry eyes. Usually, contact with hot water tends to expedite the formation of hives. The patient may feel out of breath or experience swelling in the throat while drinking water.

The symptoms reappear if the skin comes in contact with any form of water. The patient's own or someone else's perspiration can cause a reaction; therefore, it's advisable to stay in a cool environment in the summer to avoid sweating as much as possible. Tears on the patient's cheeks from crying can also cause pain.

Although there is no proven treatment for hives water, dermatologists recommend staying out of water of any kind as much as possible. The patient should take short showers, stay cool, and avoid rain to help  relieve suffering. Several over-the-counter medications are also available for momentary relief from itching.


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