Question - What are skin wheals?

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A skin wheal is a patch on the skin that is elevated, discolored, changes shape, and often itches. It can be due to an insect bite, an adverse reaction to something that touched your skin, eczema, or another small puncture wound you experienced. You may have also heard a skin wheal referred to as a 'welt' or a 'hive. Hives are a red, raised, itchy skin rash that is sometimes triggered by an allergen. It is also known as urticaria, welts, weals, or nettle rash. When an allergic reaction occurs, the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released, the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries leak fluid. Treatment for acute urticaria includes non-sedating antihistamines taken regularly for several weeks. Antihistamines, such as cetirizine or fexofenadine, help by blocking the effects of histamines and reducing the rash and stopping the itching. Various antihistamines can be purchased in pharmacies or online. Wheals typically have a reddish hue. They characteristically change in size and shape and they come and go. But they are consistent at being smooth and elevated above the surrounding skin. As anyone who has had wheals knows, they can be intensely, infuriatingly itchy. Hives (medically known as urticaria) appear on the skin as wheals that are red, very itchy, smoothly elevated areas of skin often with a blanched center. They appear in varying shapes and sizes, from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter anywhere on the body.

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http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/urticaria-and-angioedema/?showmore

Individual wheals typically disappear of their own accord within 24 hours without a trace, although the course of the condition is longer. Angioedema is characterised by deeper swelling in the skin, which may take over 24 hours to clear. It is not usually itchy and can affect the lips and tongue.

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/qa/what-foods-cause-hives

The most common foods that cause hives are nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries, soy, wheat, and milk. Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods. Certain food additives and preservatives may also be to blame.

https://www.healthline.com/health/scabies-bites

The scabies rash looks like blisters or pimples: pink, raised bumps with a clear top filled with fluid. Sometimes they appear in a row. Scabies can also cause gray lines on your skin along with red bumps. Scabies mites attack the entire body, but they particularly like the skin around the hands and feet.

https://www.healthline.com/health/pictures-skin-allergies-children

Hives appear as red bumps or welts soon after coming in contact with an allergen and are a severe allergic reaction. Unlike other skin allergies, hives aren't dry or scaly and can appear anywhere on the body. Some other possible symptoms include breathing difficulties or a swollen mouth and face.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/1105196

Conclusions Patients with chronic urticaria are at increased risk of cancer, especially hematologic malignant tumors. In contrast to acute urticaria, there is no evidence of an exogenous allergen as a cause of this disorder.

https://www.stress.org/what-to-do-when-stress-gives-you-hives

What do stress hives look like? Stress hives can look a little like bug bites: both are red, puffy, and itchy, and may appear initially as individual bumps, says Stevenson. However, hives are more often irregular in shape and can join together in larger patches, especially if you scratch them.

https://www.healthline.com/health/itchy-skin-at-night

Health-related causes Along with your body's natural circadian rhythms, a number of different health conditions can cause itchy skin to become worse at night. These include: skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, and hives. bugs like scabies, lice, bed bugs, and pinworms.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20355006

Causes of itchy skin include: Skin conditions. Many skin conditions itch, including dry skin (xerosis), eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, scabies, burns, scars, insect bites and hives. Internal diseases. Nerve disorders. Psychiatric diseases. Irritation and allergic reactions. Pregnancy.

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-a-skin-wheal-definition-formation-treatment.html

Skin wheals are elevated, discolored, and sometimes itchy patches that develop on the skin's surface. They can be caused by allergic reactions, insect bites, or sensitivity to some external stimulus. Skin wheals change color and shape quickly and usually go away on their own.

https://www.medicinenet.com/are_hives_urticaria_contagious/article.htm

Hives are also known as urticaria. Hives themselves are not contagious unless they contain agents such as viruses that can be transmitted from an infected individual to another. The vast majority of hives are not contagious. If hives last longer than days or weeks, they may be termed chronic urticaria.

https://www.medicinenet.com/ringworm/article.htm

Ringworm causes a scaly, crusted rash that may appear as round, ring-like red patches on the skin. Other symptoms and signs of ringworm include patches of hair loss or scaling on the scalp, itching, and blister-like lesions. Ringworm is contagious and can be passed through direct contact from person to person.

https://www.drugs.com/medical-answers/difference-between-hives-rash-3505373/

The main difference between hives and a rash is that hives are a particular type of rash, characterized by swollen, pale-red or skin-colored bumps on the skin that appear and disappear quickly, and tend to “blanch” (which means turn white) when pressed. Both hives and rashes tend to be itchy.

https://www.healthline.com/health/skin-disorders/stress-rash

Hives can also appear as general skin swelling that develops in one place on your body. A single hive generally fades in about 24 hours. But new hives may form as old hives disappear. If you have multiple hives, you may experience these symptoms for about six weeks.

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hives-urticaria-angioedema

Urticaria, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly -- either as a result of the body's reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons. Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting.