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Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a skin condition characterized by raised, red, and itchy welts or bumps that can appear suddenly and disappear within hours or days. At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, our experienced team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of urticaria/hives, offering comprehensive care to alleviate symptoms and improve your skin health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes urticaria?

Urticaria, or hives, can occur as a result of various triggers that cause the body to release histamine and other chemicals into the skin, leading to the characteristic raised welts or bumps. Common triggers for urticaria include:

  • Allergens such as foods, medications, insect bites, or environmental factors

  • Physical stimuli like pressure, friction, heat, cold, or sunlight

  • Emotional stress or anxiety

  • Infections, including viral or bacterial infections

  • Autoimmune disorders or underlying medical conditions

Urticaria can present as acute (lasting less than six weeks) or chronic (lasting more than six weeks), and the severity of symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

How do I know if I have urticaria?

The symptoms of urticaria/hives may include:

  • Raised, red or pink welts or bumps on the skin

  • Itching, burning, or stinging sensation

  • Swelling or puffiness of the affected area

  • Rapid onset and resolution of symptoms

The appearance and distribution of hives can vary widely among individuals and may change rapidly over time. If you suspect you may have hives or are unsure if you have hives, our experienced dermatologists will be able to diagnose you based on a clinical examination. Since urticaria can come and go, taking a photo of the rash may be helpful in case it is not present at the time of your visit. 

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What are some treatment options for urticaria?

Treatment options for urticaria/hives may include:

  • Antihistamines: Oral or topical antihistamine medications can help reduce itching and alleviate symptoms associated with urticaria.
  • Corticosteroids: Short-term use of oral or topical corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and relieve severe symptoms of urticaria.
  • Avoidance of Triggers: Identifying and avoiding triggers that exacerbate urticaria symptoms can help prevent flare-ups and reduce the frequency and severity of hives.
  • Moisturizers and Emollients: Applying moisturizers or emollients to the skin can help soothe and hydrate the affected area, reducing dryness and itchiness.
  • Other Medications: In some cases, other medications such as leukotriene receptor antagonists or immunomodulators may be prescribed to manage chronic or refractory urticaria.

Is there anything I can do to prevent hives?

 While urticaria/hives may be challenging to prevent entirely, individuals can reduce the risk of flare-ups by avoiding known triggers, practicing good skin hygiene, and managing stress levels. Regular follow-up appointments with a dermatologist are important for monitoring the progress of treatment, adjusting medications as needed, and addressing any new or persistent symptoms.

If you have concerns about urticaria/hives or are experiencing symptoms of this condition, contact Elite Dermatology to schedule a consultation with our experienced dermatologists.

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At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional dermatological care to the Greater Houston community. With a team of dedicated physicians, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons, we offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of skin conditions and concerns.

Founded on the principles of compassion, innovation, and expertise, we are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our team of board-certified physicians brings together a wealth of experience and specialization in various aspects of dermatology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care possible.