Fact or Fiction: Skin Allergies

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4 Min Quiz

You can get hives as big as dinner plates.

Yes, it's true -- hives can get that big.

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Angladema is a condition similar to hives, but the swelling happens under the skin, not on top.

Angioedema causes swelling under the skin, usually around the eyes and lips.

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Hives and angioedema are allergic reactions caused by histamines.

Histamines (chemicals released from blood vessels) can cause plasma to leak out of blood vessels, which in turn causes hives and angioedema.

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There is a wide range of things that could cause histamine release.

Histamine release could be triggered by food, insect bites, medicine and sun exposure -- so it's often hard to tell what causes hives and angioedema.

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Cooked foods cause hives more often than fresh foods do.

Fresh foods are actually more often the culprit.

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If you get a skin reaction from coming in contact with an allergen, it's called allergic contact dermatitis.

It's allergic contact dermatitis, and it can be caused by any number of things -- from poison ivy to perfume.

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Epidermal dermatitis (otherwise known as itchy rash) is the most common skin condition in adults.

The term is atopic dermatitis, and it's most common in children.

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About 30 percent of Americans report a case of hives every year.

About 15 percent of the American population is affected by hives each year.

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Seventy percent of people with eczema have a family history of allergies or asthma.

Experts still aren't totally sure what causes eczema, but they figure there must be a link with allergies and asthma because so many people have both.

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If you have a rash of unknown origin, one of the first things you should do is stop drinking orange juice.

Actually, perfume is often the culprit. The FDA doesn't require ingredient labels on personal fragrances, so you could be putting an allergen on your skin without knowing it.

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Most of us have had skin allergies at one point or another -- be it hives from a certain food or a mysterious rash. But could your asthma be linked to your skin allergies? Take our quiz to find out what kinds of things can really get under your skin.

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