Hives appear in response to allergies, irritants, pressure on your skin, and numerous health conditions, causing extremely itchy welts that may come and go for years. At Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan, Ronda Barak-Norris, MD, FACAAI, and Chad W. Mayer, DO, FAAAAI, FAAP, provide the care you need to get relief from the itching and prevent regular flare-ups. If you need symptom relief or advanced care for chronic hives, call the office in Farmington Hills, Michigan, or request an appointment online today.
Hives (urticaria) are itchy welts that appear on your skin. The red or pink, swollen areas suddenly develop anywhere on your body. The welts can be any size, from a single, round, small hive to many welts that run together and cover large areas of the body.
Hives have one primary symptom: extreme itching. Though hives seldom cause pain, they often appear alongside a painful condition: angioedema. Angioedema occurs when fluids build up under the skin, causing swollen, red skin and pain.
Many people develop hives during an allergic reaction. The allergens that often cause hives include:
Hives can also develop in response to health conditions and other triggers.
Acute hives often develop due to:
Chronic hives may occur without a known reason. However, they’re also caused by:
Some people end up with hives through direct skin stimulation — contact and pressure — such as using an ice pack, wearing a tight belt, or clapping their hands. You could also develop hives after scratching your skin; a condition called dermographism.
If your provider suspects allergies trigger your hives, they run allergy testing and recommend treatment based on the type of allergy and the severity of your symptoms.
A mild, acute case of hives may only need medication or a topical lotion to control the itching while they run their course. Chronic hives need more intensive treatment.
Your provider may prescribe antihistamines or anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and stop itching caused by chronic hives. If those medications don’t help, you may be a good candidate for Xolair®, a self-injectable medication for treating chronic hives.
If you need relief from the itching caused by hives, call Allergy & Asthma Institute of Southeast Michigan, or book online today.