I told you yesterday that I would write a Medical Minute post about the mystery skin rash that rapper Trina appeared to have in leaked pictures from her cell phone. Although I am not a doctor and I have no knowledge of Trina's medical history, it does look like Trina has a chronic (long term) case of urticaria, also known as hives.

Hives is an outbreak of raised, itchy, sometimes reddened patches of skin and bumps that are frequently caused by allergic reactions to food, drugs, chemicals, cold, sunlight, etc. Foods that can cause allergic hives are shellfish, nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat, and soy.

Hives can occur anywhere on the body but are usually seen on the extremities (arms and legs). Hives can also be caused by the friction from hot, restrictive clothing such as bra straps or tight elastic bands in panties.

Hives are not contagious and can not be passed from one person to another by contact. Therefore, hives is not a sexually transmitted disease.

Although hives are frequently caused by allergic reactions, it can also be brought on by a non-allergic reaction to emotional stress or distress. Emotionally induced hives is diagnosed whenever the hives lasts longer than 6 weeks and do not respond very well to treatment. This occurs because the underlying trigger is the patient's own emotional and mental condition, and not by an allergy.

Until the patient works on managing her stress (through antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds or therapy), the breakouts will continue unremittingly. This, in turn, can cause the patient to endure even more stress and anxiety because she feels there is something seriously wrong with her if the treatment is not working.

The more anxious you are, the more frequently the episodes of hives (and the intense itching that accompanies it) appears. Until you uncover (and resolve) the underlying cause behind your emotional issues, the hives/rash will never completely go away.

Treatment includes antihistamine creams or tablets (such as Benadryl) anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and therapy.

More Info On The Web

Skin Conditions: Hives - WebMD

Urticaria and Angioedema - Medicinenet

As always, any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

  • pinky2083

    Hives suck.

  • Anna

    Where have you been?
    pinky2083 Says:

    Hives suck.
    ~~~~~
    They do suck. I told my dr. I broke out from my RX. He said bring the pills in and I give you another RX. Why did I give him those pills and still had to get the new Rx filled. What did he do with the pills I gave him?

  • OutsidetheBox

    :cosign: Pinky

  • AprilRain

    Every time I got hives, I had to go to the emergency for a shot. Have not had them in my adult life though, (Knock on wood)

  • chase

    Man I got hives once after taking a prescribed rx. Man they sure did suck, glad that has not happened to me again...

  • Lala11_7

    Lord KNOWS I know about getting hives from emotional stress...along with my lip swelling like Joe Budden went at it...and that's EXACTLY how they look...what's amazing is that they don't leave a mark...

  • http://twitter.com/Q_ATLANTIS Q_ATLANTIS

    I got hives all through my pregnancy. I kept getting them after I had my son (possibly due to the stress of going to school fulltime, working parttime and being a single mother). Once I graduated I noticed that I barely broke out in hives. There was no medication needed (except Aveeno lotion).

  • mscoasta

    Hives do suck and THANK GOD I haven't seen them on me in at least 4 years now. I use to get those things all the time when I was in the military...my doctor thinks it was the military b/c as soon as I got out I stopped getting them every day! I took Allegra D twice a day to keep them reduced...but when it got bad to the point where they were all over my face, ears, my eyes was shut closed one time, and stuff like that I got steroids/shots to help in that case. I had to carry around an EPI pen at all times! They are not contagious but they can appear just about every where on your body. I also get them if I take certain medications (NSAIDS family - motrin, ibuprofen)...so there is not a lot of meds I can take for pain. Which really sucks!!!!

  • mscoasta

    " lot of meds I *can't* take for pain."

  • mscoasta

    disregard post #9, I'm sleepy! LOL

  • LadyDumplin

    Good Afternoon All.

    I used to get hives all the time as a child. Everything irritated my skin. Now as an adult I do get them if I get really upset about something.

    They itch and they suck.

  • Red Feather

    I used to break out in hives on my arms & inner thighs while I was on the Depo-Provera contraceptive. They used to appear when my body temp rose. When I got off of the shot, I no longer broke out in hives. Yes, they suck. I went to the dr's office in tears because I thought I'd contracted something when I saw them on my inner thigh, but I was VERY relieved to know it was only hives.

  • Chgoprime

    OMG I get this with sun exposure and stress too. So I'm never in the sun without being covered. But my Dr. says it eczema not Urticaria.

  • miss gia

    Damn...I kind feel for Latrina... my girl came up for real as an old back of the way dancer to this and just like that her business gets put out. Yall can't even blame her for too much attention whoring. Sure her ish is slow these days, but thats a woman thats always handled herself pretty well.

  • free

    people are still taking body shots on their cell phones?

  • Krysi J

    ? :shrugs: who knows.....Its clearly her problem and her business. I have nothing...I'm not buying any of this shyt...not this hives story either, but its her condition, not any of ours.

    #movingalong

  • pyt305

    Hives do suck...I get them when I have diary products :(

  • DivaPT

    I see this is the i have hives confession post the next time theres a scandalous post about trina it better be serious like a photo of her suckin off all the rappers in the industry

  • http://totallytiny.com Janay

    Knew it,If i EVER got hives i would never get rid of them.. I would be scratching and ish lol

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice *\o/*

    my arms used to look just like this after i ate mozzarella cheese, it took me the longest time to realize what was causing it. but now when i eat pizza or cheese sticks it doesnt even bother me

  • onlinefan

    hives are no joke i had some meds one time that made me break out on my inner arms and inner thighs. there is noting worse than wanting to scratch and can't because you know it will make it worse. especially if you got to dig between your legs like you got "that nasty womens disease" (color purple)

  • ReadTheBlog

    YOu sure it ain't from laying in that nasy-bed back there?

  • http://imani-lamar.blogspot.com rhiannon

    Poor Trina! People are really taking this whole thing to another level! I was so scared when I first got hives after taking Motrin for tonsilitis. I thought I had gotten something at the hospital only to later find out it was an allergic reaction to the meds.

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  • khandi25

    I got Hives when I changed up my perfume... They are the worst.. After a few days of thinking I had everything from the mumps to skin cancer(yes, i go to the extreme). I went online did some research, took some allergy medicine and I was good.. They cleared up within 24 hours. Threw out the shower gel, lotion, and perfume.. Back to using my signature CH212..