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Another Cause of Hives

A paper presented at the 1994 annual meeting of the American Association of Allergy and Immunology showed that some cases of hives are caused by the same germ that causes stomach ulcers. Since that first study, researchers from many different medical schools have reported the same results.

Hives are itchy red splotches that appear on the skin, last a few minutes or hours, disappear and reappear somewhere else on the skin. This process can last a few days or continue for a lifetime. Hives can be caused by an infection, hidden cancer, auto-immune disease in which the body's own immunity attacks itself or an allergy to a food or drug. Although there are hundreds of known causes, more than 95% of the time, doctors never find the specific cause.

More than 80 percent of stomach and intestinal ulcers are caused by infection with a bacterium called helicobacter pylori and these ulcers can be cured by taking appropriate antibiotics for one week. A recent report by Dr. Steven Kagan of Appleton, Wisconsin showed that an immune reaction to helicobacter caused hives and the hives disappeared after the infected person took antibiotic treatment to cure the helicobacter infection that causes stomach ulcers. People who have ulcer symptoms are the ones most likely to have helicobacter as the cause of their hives. If you have a burning in your stomach or chest that gets worse when you're hungry and better when you eat and belching, burping, a sour taste in your mouth, a sore throat, a white coated tongue and an offensive mouth odor, ask your doctor to order IGM and IGA blood tests for helicobacter
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June 10th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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