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
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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