What are hives?
Hives can appear anywhere on your body and can range in size from tiny pinpoints to large swatches of skin. They result from the released histamine and other chemicals from tissue mass cells. Sometimes the welts merge to create larger patches of itchy, swollen skin. Usually, hives last about 24 hours, but can come in waves so when they recede, they reappear, so it seems like they last for several days. If you have a bout of hives, it usually lasts less than six weeks, but chronic hives that last for longer can occur. They often are accompanied by swelling of eyes, legs, tongue and other sites.
Where do hives occur?
Hives can show up anywhere, including your torso, tongue, face, throat, and thighs. Hives that develop on the eyelids and lips can have severe side effects and should be addressed right away.
What causes hives?
Hives have many causes, including allergic reactions to medicines, pollen, animals, or foods—most commonly fish, chocolate, nuts, tomatoes, eggs, and milk. Your immune system reacts to a trigger and hives develop. Food allergy, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency, cold, skin trauma.
- You may also develop hives due to:
- Sun exposure or extreme cold
- Certain infections caused by bacteria and fungi
- Illnesses such as Lupus
- What are the symptoms of hives?
Hives usually appear as a slight skin swelling that’s pinkish or reddish in color. They’re itchy and can be very disruptive to the quality of life. sting and cause pain. You may get just one welt, or you may develop several that group and connect together. Hives may appear in one section of your body and disappear after 24 hours only to develop somewhere else later.
How are hives treated?
At Advanced Allergy & Asthma, the team looks for detectable causes of hives and find medications to relieve your symptoms. They may prescribe medication, such as antihistamines and corticosteroids, for management.
If your hives are chronic or occur regularly or for longer than six weeks, your provider may recommend allergy testing to determine a cause.
To get expert treatment and diagnosis of your hives breakout, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma or make an appointment online today.