Whether hives occur occasionally or frequently, one thing’s for certain: You need to find the cause. The expert allergists at The Allergy Clinic in Houston, Pasadena, and Pearland, Texas, offer comprehensive testing to get to the root of what’s causing your hives. To see if an underlying allergy is causing your hives, book an appointment online or call the office nearest you.
Hives, medically known as urticaria, are skin reactions that often develop because of exposure to allergens. They usually occur when your body releases histamines to combat allergens that your system thinks are attacking your body. You can develop hives because of:
In some cases, it’s also possible to develop angioedema (swelling), which is a similar type of allergy-related skin reaction. Usually, angioedema develops in your hands, cheeks, lips, or near your eyes.
Men, women, and children can have acute cases of hives where they have infrequent flare-ups. Others can suffer hives regularly. Either way, the first step is to have a thorough skin check and health evaluation at The Allergy Clinic. Your practitioner needs to know about:
Depending on your symptoms, your allergist could recommend going through allergy testing. You might need a blood allergy test or comprehensive in-office skin testing, which will allow you to get results instantly.
Yes. Once the team at The Allergy Clinic better understands why you’re breaking out in hives, they can put together a customized treatment plan. The first step involves treating any outbreak you have. You might need topical corticosteroid cream or oral antihistamines to bring down the inflammation.
The next step involves preventing future hive breakouts. Some of the best treatments include:
If you’re at risk of anaphylactic shock due to severe allergies, you might need to carry an epinephrine injection, too. These self-administered shots can prevent serious side effects that occur when you’re exposed to an allergen.
To find out what’s causing your hives, schedule an evaluation with The Allergy Clinic online or call one of their convenient locations.