Hives are an itchy skin reaction that often accompanies contact with allergens, irritants, or other stimuli. At Houston Skin Associates in Webster, Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, highly trained medical and cosmetic dermatologists diagnose hives and help you manage them with personalized care. To schedule a treatment consultation, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Hives, also called urticaria, are small red bumps that appear on the skin, often in response to a trigger such as an allergen or irritant. They show up quickly and can go away rapidly but can cause serious itching and irritation. Some hives are mild, while others are severe.
Some outbreaks of hives last for a long time and are difficult to manage without professional care. For chronic hives, the team at Houston Skin Associates assesses your skin and provides individualized treatment.
Hives tend to be red, pink, or flesh-colored spots that show up in clusters on your skin. They can either be round dots or ring-shaped and turn white when you press down on them. In many cases, hives have additional swelling or develop across a larger swollen area.
For many people, hives set in after they touch or otherwise come into contact with an allergen or irritating substance. They can also appear in response to exercise, hot or cold temperatures, or pressure on the skin.
A few of the most common triggers for hives are:
Identifying your triggers is an integral part of managing or avoiding hives. If you’re not sure what triggers the reaction, it might help to keep a journal and record information about the circumstances surrounding your outbreaks.
The team at Houston Skin Associates provides treatment for hives according to their severity. If your hives are mild and you only get them every so often, you may be able to manage them by identifying and avoiding your triggers. However, the solution isn’t so simple for every case.
Antihistamines, a type of medication, help control hives by blocking the release of a chemical in your skin called histamine. Histamines contribute to the reactions causing hives and other allergy symptoms. The team can prescribe or recommend a topical product to soothe the itching in combination with antihistamines.
For more severe hives, the Houston Skin Associates team might suggest prednisone or a similar corticosteroid. These are temporary treatments that ease your symptoms at the moment.
Other therapies, like epinephrine autoinjectors, can manage severe allergies leading to hives and the more dangerous reaction that can come with them called anaphylaxis.
If you regularly get hives and are searching for a way to manage them, call Houston Skin Associates or book an appointment online today.