Hives, also known as urticaria, are a sudden outbreak of red, itchy bumps on the skin that appear as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens.

What are Hives?

During an allergic reaction, the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released, the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries leak fluid, which accumulates and causes a rash. Hives can be short-lived (acute), which normally resolve within a few hours to a day, or long-term (chronic), which occur daily for more than six weeks. In some cases the trigger is obvious, but in others, more thorough investigation is required.


Symptoms of Hives

Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, vary in size, and may even join together to form larger areas known as plaques.

 If you’re seeking assistance in managing your hives, and require treatment, a thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, Dermatologist, can help determine your best treatment options.

Hives Treatment Options

Topical Treatment

Topical treatments for rosacea can effectively manage the inflammatory symptoms associated with this condition on an ongoing basis. This may include a combination of medical-grade skincare and prescription topical agents. Book a consultation with us to learn more about this option.

Oral Treatment

Hives can often be controlled with the use of non-drowsy oral antihistamines—available over the counter or by prescription—to reduce swelling and itching associated with the condition. These are effective, have few side effects, and may be used long-term. In severe cases, you may be prescribed an oral corticosteroid such as prednisone, or an immune modulator.

Systemic Treatment

Systemic therapies (e.g. cyclosporine, methotrexate, azathioprine and mycophenolate mofetil) are sometimes prescribed for chronic hives that do not respond to other treatment methods. These should be used with caution following a thorough discussion of risks and benefits.

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