Hives, scientifically known as urticaria, are an outbreak of itchy, red welts on the skin. They may also sting or burn. They can appear anywhere on the body and may last anywhere from a few hours up to several weeks. Hives vary in size (from a pencil eraser to a dinner plate), and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques As experts in dermatology, the staff at Gateway Dermatology PC explains what hives are and the skin treatments available for them.
What Causes Hives?
Many factors can trigger hives: allergic reactions to food, animals, insect bites, and medication. Even stress, exposure to sun, and bacterial infections can cause hives to form.
What Types of Hives Are There?
Acute urticaria is a type of hive that lasts a temporary amount of time. Chronic urticaria is diagnosed when the hives last longer than six weeks.
How Can Hives Be Treated?
Antihistamines are the most common remedy prescribed to alleviate hives. Finding the underlying cause of your outbreak; however, can be a challenge. This is especially true for hives that have been around for more than 6 weeks. To ensure the proper treatment, you may need to do allergy testing, blood work, or a skin biopsy.
If you break out in hives, you’ll want little to no wait time to find relief of your symptoms. Call (402) 467-4361 to set up an appointment today with Gateway Dermatology PC or visit their website for more information.