What to do if you get hives on your wedding day, Solange style
Solange Knowles got married over the weekend in true Solange style: She wore an awesome cream jumpsuit with killer red lips, and nearly everything about the event appeared to be perfect. But some paparazzi snaps posted on Gawker (where else?) revealed a major case of hives, proving that it is possible to be related to Beyoncé and still be mortal. I spoke Julie Kuriakose, a cosmetic allergist in New York City, to get the details on what (probably) happened and what to do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
"Wedding-day reactions are more common than recognized," says Kuriakose. "Acute hives can be triggered by so many things, including foods, medications, insect stings, animals, plants, pollens, new cosmetics, or factors like alcohol and dancing." So maybe Solange encountered one or more of those triggers on her wedding day, but it's likely she was also just really stressed out, which Kuriakose says can make things worse. "Stress can exacerbate hives, and weddings-and all the planning that goes into them-can be stressful." (Understatement of the century?)
So what's the best way to prevent a similar outbreak on your own big day (or any other day you'd really rather not have hives)? "Identify your triggers," she says. "Then do your best to avoid them." Simple enough. Kuriakose recommends consulting with an allergist, who can help you confirm exactly what your triggers are and come up with a plan of action for treatment. You can also take a preventative long-acting antihistamine and be sure to keep diphenhydramine (a.k.a. Benadryl) with you.
Solange went the Benadryl route, writing, "Shout out to Benadryl, yo" on one of her Instagram photo captions from later in the day. "Benadryl is strong and works relatively quickly," says Kuriakose. "However, it can cause sedation, and you might not want to be drowsy on your wedding day. It also may not last for 24 hours. That's why I usually recommend using a nondrowsy long-acting antihistamine as a maintenance medication," she says.
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