Remember the first time you and/or your child had hives for the first time? The red, hot welts that surface on the skin that you would later find out in a doctor's office were known medically as urticaria. Hives are an outbreak of pale, red and swollen bumps or plaques that are found on the skin. This can be the result of certain allergens affecting the body or for unknown factors. Large and small patches can appear anywhere on your body and they normally fade or reduce in intensity quickly. In Katy, Pearland, League City, or Sugar Land, TX, our dedicated dermatology teams at Advanced Dermatology can diagnose, treat, and help you find ways to stop hives.
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Adults and children can develop hives as a result of a virus, infection, too much stress, or a reaction to something injected or in the environment. You may have a short episode, recurrent patches, or hives called chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) that can persist for months to years. We may perform diagnostic testing and/or a skin analysis to find the source of your hives.
The symptoms of hives are very general. However, you may experience the condition in a variety of ways. Hives can be large or small welts anywhere on your body. They usually confined to one location unless you have hives covering your body. They are irregular in shape and can pop up in different spots each time an outbreak happens. Some hives look like red rings with a skin-colored center and an edge (known as "wheals"). Blanching hives turn white when you press into the affected skin. The skin can feel hot to the touch, swollen, itchy, and uncomfortable.
It is time to see a medical professional when you can no longer treat hives on your own with relief. Many patients with hives take an over-the-counter, non-drowsy antihistamine to ease their discomfort. We will form a treatment plan for your hives once we have examined you and determined the source to best treat your outbreak. We also want to give you strategies to prevent reactions in the future.
Hives are no fun
Regardless of the cause of your skin condition, hives can be uncomfortable, concerning, and embarrassing. If you just recently started experiencing hives, or have a chronic issue with outbreaks, it is a good idea to find out what is causing them. Get the treatment you deserve and contact the Katy, Pearland, League City, or Sugar Land, TX Advanced Dermatology office to schedule an appointment. Let's get your hives under control.