Ask a Dermatology Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Hello. Is your wife having any trouble breathing? Any wheezing, cough or shortness of breath?
I'm not in a position to make a call right now, but i will stay with you in chat until your questions are answered.
The swollen lips suggest that she is reacting to something that touched the lips such as a food, drink, soap, etc. Taking cetirizine makes sense. This should help quite a bit though it can take 30 minutes or more to see the benefit. She might also consider taking some benedryl (diphenhidramine) if you have it. You can also try applying cold compresses to the lips to reduce the inflammatory process.
Yes, I'm here.
Yes, she should take her usual medications, unless you suspect that one of them is causing her reaction. This is very unlikely if she has been on them for several weeks or more.
Does it follow dinner? shower? exercise?
I see. So you have not been able to identify any triggers for her hives? a type of food? drink? soap? laundry detergent? hot shower? cold weather? There are numerous potential triggers for hives, eczema, itchy skin, etc. When one is able to identify one or more triggers and eliminate them from the environment, the hives typically go away or get less severe. If you can't identify any triggers, you could ask your doctor to send her to an allergist for testing. They can usually help to identify what a patient is allergic or sensitive to.
Antihistamines and oral steroids are typically used to reduce and control the symptoms of allergic reactions such as rash, itch and swelling. Other medications can safely be continued unless they are suspected to be the cause of the allergic symptoms.
Does this make sense?
Hi there. How's your wife's condition? Any improvement?
Let me know if you have any follow up questions?