Hives are a common condition treated by dermatologists, and they typically manifest as itchy, red bumps on the skin. If you suffer from hives, then continue reading to learn some important facts regarding this condition.
A Look at Hives
Hives are welts that develop on the skin that can vary greatly in size and typically feel itchy. In most cases, a single welt will form and fade in the span of 24 hours. Sometimes referred to as urticaria by clinical dermatologists, hives are categorized as being either acute, which last less than 6 weeks, and chronic, which continue for longer than 6 weeks. In most cases, hives are more of a nuisance than a danger to your health. However, if you start to experience any swelling of your lip or tongue, then see a doctor right away, as these can be symptoms of a medical emergency called angioedema.
The Causes of Hives
A hive forms on your skin when the skin cells release histamine as a result of some trigger, which is the beginning of the allergic reaction process. Many stimuli can trigger hives, and these can vary from person to person. Among the most common triggers for hives include bug bites, certain foods, food additives, medications, extreme heat or cold, viral infections, and pressure on the skin.
Treatment Options for Hives
The easiest way to prevent hives from developing is to identify and avoid your triggers. If you currently have hives on your skin, then taking an over-the-counter non-sedative antihistamine may be enough to relieve your symptoms. If medications do not help and your hives aren't subsiding, then consider seeing a clinical dermatologist. These medical professionals can treat your hives and may recommend topical lotions, prescription antihistamines, steroid treatments, or phototherapy.
If you're dealing with hives, then come and see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists can provide you with treatments for hives that can help relieve your symptoms. To schedule your appointment with one of our clinical dermatologists, please call us today at (866) 400-3376.