Hives are a common skin concern that doesn’t always have a clear cause. However, these red itchy bumps can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. If you break out in hives often, it’s worth seeing your dermatologist and discussing potential causes. Here’s what you should know about hives and your health.
Hives, also called urticaria, are welts that appear on the skin in response to a trigger. These welts are typically red and itchy. You might develop hives in response to environmental allergies, a new medication, or even stress. While many hive outbreaks disappear on their own or with over-the-counter treatment, chronic hives might require further medical attention.
Some of the more serious causes of hives include:
While hives symptoms can be signs of a serious health concern, it’s impossible to know without consulting your doctor. Seeking medical attention for your hives ensures that you’re addressing the root cause and seeking additional treatment.
You should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist whenever you’re concerned about your skin. And hives are no exception. However, there are a few hives symptoms that always warrant a call to your dermatologist.
Book a dermatology appointment if your hives last for six weeks or longer. Hives that persist for this long are considered chronic hives. You should also note whether your hives appear with other symptoms. For example, if you have allergic reaction hives, you might have difficulty breathing or a swollen tongue after eating as well. Your dermatologist may refer you to an allergist or other health professional to diagnose any underlying conditions, but they may prescribe antihistamines and topical creams for treatment.
If you’re experiencing frequent hives outbreaks, the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists can recommend next steps. We offer hives treatment among our medical dermatology services. With locations in Redondo Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we also provide cosmetic and surgical services to support your skin needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.