Hives is a very common allergic reaction that can result from a variety of triggers.

Triggers for hives include food, medicine, bug bites or stings, animal fur or dander, pollen, allergy shots, sun, heat, infections, exercise, stress, chemical contact, and even scratching your skin.

While hives can be easily diagnosed by your dermatologist – a simple look at the outbreak area – it is more difficult to diagnose the cause. Dr. Aboutalebi may do allergy testing, blood lab work, or even a skin biopsy.

A hives outbreak can occur as soon as you are exposed or it can show up late. If you have an outbreak of hives it can look like a raised pink or red rash, or it can show up on your skin as welts either alone or with other welts. A hive outbreak is likely to diminish within 24 hours, though when it calms down in one area it could pop out some place else.

Hives usually itch and sometimes they hurt. A mild case of hives might need no treatment other than a cool compress or shower to help relieve. Other treatments for hives include an antihistamine to relieve the symptoms.

A more severe hives outbreak might require an epi-pen injection to help stop the reaction. Discuss with Dr. Aboutalebi what hives treatment might be best for you.

Chronic hives is a condition known as CIU and can also be treated by your dermatologist. This type of hives is characterized as lasting anywhere from six weeks to years.

If in doubt about your hives outbreak, contact Dr. Aboutalebi for care.

Dr. Aboutalebi has been recognized continually as one of Fort Worth’s Top Doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.