Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Do I Need to See a Doctor if I Develop Hives?

Hives occur as a response to exposure to an irritant, such as a food or medication that triggers an allergic reaction. They usually look like welts and can vary in size. Typically, they are also very itchy. If you experience hives for the first time, consult with a dermatologist to identify the cause.

If you have experienced hives in the past and have a minor outbreak, then you may be able to treat them at home. Most cases clear up within 24 hours. Using cool compresses and over-the-counter anti-itch medications can help. A cool bath with baking soda or uncooked oatmeal added to the water can also be soothing. However, if your hives are severe or don't clear up on their own, see your dermatologist as soon as possible.

From hives treatment to scar management and psoriasis care, the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery are ready to help with comprehensive clinical, medical, and cosmetic dermatology care. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.


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