If you have been exposed to a known allergen and develop hives, then the cause is easily diagnosable. In some cases, patients can develop them for unknown reasons and therefore some investigation may be required to determine the cause. Patients may need to participate in journaling their diet and exercise as well as what they are wearing to get a clearer picture of what could be causing the hives. At Complexions Dermatology, we will work with you to help determine the root cause. We may offer skin testing or blood testing to help identify your specific sensitivities.
Hives can be treated topically with anti-itch cream or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. Patients may also take an over-the-counter antihistamine to help combat the itching. For severe cases of hives, patients may require a temporary oral steroid treatment. If it is determined that you have a food allergy or a severe allergy to insect bites or stings, you will need to be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector or an Epi-Pen.
To manage hives caused by allergies, it is important to strictly avoid triggers at all times. Once you have determined what your allergen is, you will want to limit your exposure to the known triggers. Sometimes lifestyle changes may be required to reduce or prevent developing the itchy rash such as using unscented soaps and laundry detergent. Complexions Dermatology will work with you in developing a treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns about hives or would like to learn more, call Complexions Dermatology at our Danville location (434) 792-0423 or our Colonial Heights location (804) 805-8442.