At some time in their lives, 20% of Americans experience the red wheals and intense itching caused by hives. The experienced doctors at Premier Allergy and Asthma have helped many patients find relief from their symptoms, including those with hard to treat chronic hives. Since hives often develop as part of an allergic response, it’s important to get a thorough exam that identifies your allergens. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.
Hives, also called urticaria, are raised, red, itchy patches that suddenly appear on your skin. The individual patches, called wheals, disappear within a few minutes or hours, but at the same time, new hives may keep appearing. As a result, your hives can last for several days. Hives become a chronic problem if they last longer than six weeks.
Hives can look like other types of rashes, but they’re identified by these distinct qualities:
Hives vary in size and shape and individual wheals can merge to create one large patch.
A condition called angioedema frequently appears along with hives. Angioedema occurs when fluids build up in the tissues beneath your hives, causing redness, swelling, and pain.
If you have allergies, and you have hives together with symptoms such as wheezing, stomach cramps, or a swollen tongue or throat, your symptoms could signal a severe anaphylactic reaction that needs emergency medical attention.
Hives are commonly caused by an allergy to:
But hives can develop due to other problems, including:
Sunlight and temperature changes are also known to trigger hives.
During your first visit, your doctor at Premier Allergy and Asthma reviews your medical history and symptoms, examines your hives, and may order blood tests to rule out an infection or underlying health problem. You may also need allergy testing if your doctor suspects your hives are associated with allergies.
Treatment for hives includes therapy for any underlying health conditions and medications to relieve your hive symptoms, such as antihistamines and anti-inflammatory drugs. If your hives and symptoms persist, your doctor may prescribe other medications that stop the hives from recurring.
Chronic hives may not respond well to antihistamines, so your doctor talks with you about other treatment options such as advanced biologics. These medications control symptoms and may prevent chronic hives from getting worse.
If you have uncomfortable or recurring hives, call Premier Allergy and Asthma or schedule an appointment online.