Urticaria is a very common rash, affecting up to 20% of the population. It often goes by many names, including hives, welts or wheals. It usually presents suddenly as an itchy pink rash on the face or body. It is typically benign and transient, but can, in some patients, be a cutaneous manifestation of a more serious condition. If you have reoccurring or severe hives, you should see a dermatologist to determine the cause and treatment options. Dr. Katherine Chiang at Precision Medical Specialists is a highly-experienced dermatologist who offers hives treatment at our clinic in Wellington, FL.
Causes and Symptoms of Urticaria
Urticaria, or hives, is a common skin condition that can be an indication of other health concerns. Hives are raised patches or welts on the skin that can range from a small bump to a large spot several inches wide. Patients with hives can often have several welts that can overlap and tend to be itchy and uncomfortable. The puffy, raised welts are usually pink or red in color and tend to dissipate within 24 hours. Most hives are caused by an allergic reaction to food, pollens, medications or other allergens, but they can be symptoms of other health issues. Some other causes of hives include:
- Exposure to heat, sun or cold
- Scratching or pressure on the skin
- Health issues like lupus, vasculitis or thyroid disease
Urticaria treatment can depend on the cause, severity and frequency. Most hives disappear on their own without treatment, but reoccurring or severe hive outbreaks may require treatment. Treatments for hives can vary from observation and antihistamines to oral steroids and monoclonal antibody injections in severe cases. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Chiang, is the best provider to evaluate and treat your urticaria in the West Palm Beach area.
If you have severe hives and want to learn more about your treatment options, come see our medical team at Precision Medical Specialists. We offer advanced options in allergy testing and urticaria treatment performed by one of the best dermatologists in the greater West Palm Beach area. Contact our facility in Wellington, FL, to schedule a hives treatment consultation with Dr. Chiang.