Hives can affect almost anyone. The red, tender welts or patches can suddenly appear anywhere on your skin in the size of a pea to a dinner plate. They typically itch and constant scratching makes them look worse. They’re annoying and embarrassing, especially if in highly visible areas like hands, face, arms, or neck. While some hives subside in 24 hours, other outbreaks can last six weeks or more making treatment necessary. Either way, a dermatologist—a physician who specializes in skin disorders—can help by examining the affected skin and recommending one or more treatment plans. If needed a dermatologist can perform blood, allergy, and biopsy studies, to help in identifying the cause and determining the best treatment plan.

Since 1947, The Dermatology Clinic has been the region’s leading choice for treating hives and all skin conditions through professional evaluation, diagnosis, and access to the latest, most advanced dermatological procedures.

Where Do Hives Come From?

Hives are an allergic reaction to a range of sources, including (but not limited to) things you eat like citrus fruits, milk, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. Hives can also develop from a negative reaction to medicines you take or contact with pollen, insect bites, or skin-sensitive materials like latex gloves or polyester fabric. Stress, sun, heat and chemicals also can be factors. This is what makes hives so challenging—determining the source to identify the optimal treatment and remedy. A dermatologist can properly assess your condition.

Why Did I Get Hives?

Don’t blame yourself. It’s not necessarily from poor diet, bathing, or hygiene. Hives have many causes and everyone’s skin reacts differently. Hives can happen to anyone.

What Are The Symptoms?

Most common signs are pink or red swellings, individual or patches of welts over a large area, and itchiness. Hives sometimes sting or hurt. Outbreaks may occur in the same place, or move to different areas around the body.

How Do Dermatologists Help?

First, they make a diagnosis by looking at the skin. Treatment is then determined through a number of steps, beginning with learning your health history and doing a physical exam. Further studies may include a skin allergy test, blood tests to rule out illness or infection, or removing a small piece of affected skin for viewing under a microscope, called a biopsy.

What Are The Available Treatments?

For mild or moderate cases, a non-drowsy antihistamine may be prescribed. This helps relieve itching. Other conditions may warrant prescription creams for short-term use or injections to treat hives that have lasted for months.

Now What?

For most people, hives aren’t serious; children have usually outgrown them and adults may see hives go away on their own. But if they linger, grow or become more painful, it’s important to contact The Dermatology Clinic for medical evaluation and treatment.

The clinic can also remedy various skin-related issues including acne, eczema, dermatitis, shingles, moles, warts, and rosacea. Surgery to remove lesions or scars, cosmetic or preventative skin care, and pediatric skin disorders are specialties, as is skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Don’t delay receiving needed help; contact us today.