Hives (urticaria) is an allergic reaction in the skin characterized by white or pink welts or large bumps surrounded with redness. These lesions are known as wheal and flare lesions and are caused primarily by the release of histamine (an allergic mediator) in the skin. About fifty percent of patients with hives develop angioedema...a deeper, more serious form involving the tissue below the surface of the skin.
Hives and angioedema are relatively common conditions: it is estimated that fifteen to twenty percent of the general population has had hives at some time. Although persons in any age group may experience acute or chronic hives and/or angioedema, young adults (post-adolescence through the third decade of life) are most often affected. The basic cause of hives involves the release of inflammatory mediators from mast cells or basophils...white blood vessels, particularly in the skin, while basophils circulate in the blood. The classic allergic reaction occurs as a result of complexes of allergic antibodies (IgE) and antigens (foreign molecules) binding to mast cells and basophils and stimulating the release of histamine and other factors appear to be more important in stimulating the release of histamine in hives.
One of the top three will combat if not prevent allergic reactions from occuring depending on the person. Hives can be produced as a result of reactions to various physical conditions. The most common forms of physical urticaria are dermographic, cholinergic, and cold urticaria. These are briefly described below. Less common types of physical urticaria or angioedema are: contact, solar, pressure, heat contact, aquagenic, vibratory, and exercise-induced.
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Moringa & Medications
Now doubt you already know that you can often save on costly medications by generic equivalents. Here are five more cost cutting tricks...
*Ask for free samples. Doctors are deluged with drug samples from manufacturers but they don't always distribute these samples to their patients.
Ask, and you may get a week or more of a pricey drug for free.
Caution: Check expiration dates. Forgo samples that have been sitting around the doctor's office for too long.
*Use mail order or the Internet...but only when appropriate. Buying prescriptions by mail or on the Internet can be an economical, convenient way to purchase drugs. However, many mail-order pharmacies use nonpharmacist to fill prescriptions.
while a pharmacist does do a final check, the volume of drugs being processed is very high--and mistakes are possible.
Going the mail-order or Internet route also means you lose the benefit of a face-to-face meeting with your pharmacist--who can warn you about drug interactions or answer your questions on the spot.
*Bottom line: If you want to use mail order or the Internet, do so only with drugs you're familiar with--- ideally, drugs you mus t take on a long-term basis. That way, you reduce your risk of taking the wrong drug or falling victim to unforeseen drug interactions.
*Don't let your insurance company impose limits on prescription length. If your doctor writes a prescription for a 90-day supply of pills, your insurer may approve only a 30-day supply.
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