Hives are itchy, raised patches of skin. They can develop as a side effect of an allergic reaction, but the cause, size, and symptoms of hives can vary between person to person. If you regularly experience hives, you know they can be uncomfortable and bothersome. But the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates can help. Book an appointment at one of the convenient locations in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas, by phone or online to learn more.
Hives are itchy welts that develop on the skin. They’re often the result of an allergic reaction but not always. Hives can appear anywhere on your body. They range in size and shape. Symptoms often include:
About 20% of people experience hives at one time or another, but they generally go away after a period of time. If symptoms last continuously for more than six weeks, you might have chronic hives.
Hives develop when certain cells in your body release histamine, causing welts to form on skin. Allergies — including food allergies, insect bites, and many more — can cause hives.
You might get hives if you have allergies, but hives can also develop for different reasons. From wearing tight clothing to drinking alcohol; lifestyle choices may cause hives.
Sun exposure can cause hives in some people, while extreme temperature changes might irritate skin in others. Certain activities or environmental triggers can make hives worse, including exercise and stress.
Some medical conditions may make hives more likely as some types of infections and thyroid disease are linked to hives.
Hives are generally simple to diagnose with a physical exam, but determining the cause of hives can be more challenging. If you have hives that last more than a few days or come back repeatedly, visit Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates.
For mild to moderate hives, your allergist may recommend antihistamines. Some antihistamine medications are available over the counter, but prescription antihistamines are available to treat chronic hives.
Other medications for chronic hives work by reducing swelling and redness, and they include corticosteroids, dapsone, and omalizumab. If your hives last longer than six weeks, your allergist partners with you to manage the condition.
When the cause of your hives is identified, you can make lifestyle changes to improve symptoms. Avoiding environmental irritants, using gentle cleansers, and wearing loose clothing can minimize the development of hives.
You can find relief from uncomfortable hives. Let the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates team find the right treatment for you. Book an appointment online or call the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates office nearest you today.